Podcast Episode 13, 29 min
Small Churches In Denominational Leadership with Matt Henslee (EP 13)
Karl Vaters interviews Matt Henslee. In addition to being a small church pastor and authoring/co-authoring several books, Matt has recently been appointed to leadership in his denomination (Southern Baptist Conference) on both a regional and national level.

And I'm moving into a role to be the associational mission strategist, or director of missions, or associational missionary. It has had a few different terms over the years with the Collin Baptist Association and that's outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. And what is kind of neat in that context is that there are some big cities, suburbs, and then there's some small, tiny rural towns, and some just separated by a few miles.

So my role there will kind of be the chief encourager—to encourage our pastors, to help them and their ministry, to fill in for them preaching, to work together (maybe) for revivals or church planting, making disciples, evangelism, training, all of that kind of stuff. And so when it comes to the SBC, we've got local congregations or local churches that are autonomous, but they cooperate together in a local association, and then usually with the state, and then with the regional, you know, the Southern Baptist Convention. And so this is kind of that lowest, smallest area where you know everybody, you're working together. You're praying for one another and seeing what we can do together to advance the kingdom.

KV: Now, in addition to that, I think you have been serving and are continuing to serve on a national level. I know you were just eight miles from my house a few days ago, scouting out in Anaheim for the 2022 conference. Tell us what that role is, what that conference is, for those of us who aren't Southern Baptist.

MH: So every year Southern Baptists gather for the annual meeting and that rotates usually through major cities kind of across the country. Next year, it's going to be in Anaheim, California. In the two days preceding that is the pastor's conference. That is the time where usually just pastors and church leaders and their families come together. And hear some preaching, hear some panelists talk about, you know, ministry, in a big church or small church, whatever it may be. Our vision, our hope, is to have one that really represents pastors that are normal, just normal guys that are in small churches, big churches, rural churches, city churches, church plants, church replants, all of that kind of stuff.—and to have some representation on the stage. Where they see that they do matter and are cared for and can be encouraged by somebody that knows what they're going through. And, so that pastor's conference, will, will happen in June of 2022 in sunny Anaheim.

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