New in Ministry (NiM) consists of pastors within the Gulf States Conference who are not yet ordained meeting together to study, get ideas and fellowship. The discussions can be about what blessings the churches they serve are realizing, what is working in their churches, or what problems are happening. Jesus did say in John 16:33 (NKJV) “ These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” We know the world and trouble can be in some of our churches for again Jesus stated in Matthew 13:24–30 (NKJV) “24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Ellen White states that during the shaking the problems in the churches will be divided into two camps, the wheat and the tares.
“Divisions will come in the church. Two parties will be developed. The wheat and tares grow up together for the harvest.” —Selected Messages 2:114 (1896). As “New in Ministry” pastors meet they often have burdens of leadership, effectiveness and what to do in certain situations in their churches. GSC Administration and Ministerial Departments try to help and encourage them all the while trying to get them to be the best pastors they can be.
The NiM pastors meet about five to six times a year, and sometimes we bring in seasoned pastors who are still in the field and have much experience. We have covered topics such as the spiritual life of the pastor, time management in the pastorate, sermon planning and development along with a myriad of topics related to being a pastor.
How does this help the local pastor and the GSC Churches? Once again, let us look to the counsel of one wiser than I.
“Let the older workers be educators, keeping themselves under the discipline of God. Let the young men feel it a privilege to study under older workers, and let them carry every burden that their youth and experience will allow. Thus Elijah educated the youth of Israel in the schools of the prophets; and young men today are to have a similar training. It is not possible to advise in every particular the part that the youth should act; but they should be faithfully instructed by the older workers, and taught to look ever to Him who is the author and finisher of our faith. —Gospel Worker’s, page 101.