What is the process that brought the Church Council to this recommendation?
In early July, the Church Council began meeting to assess the immediate and long-term needs of the church. The Council is a standing committee of 3BC and is composed of representatives from our ordained staff and members of the Personnel, Stewardship, Trustees, and Deacons. As the long-term needs were considered, the Council was impressed to evaluate various ministry models to ensure that we gave full attention to all of our options. We also made a candid assessment of the ministry resources we have at 3BC. After much prayer and deliberation, the Church Council believes that implementing a model which draws upon the leadership of a plurality of pastors is the best approach for 3BC at this time.
What is the “plurality of pastors” model? Is it a biblical model?
This approach to ministry relies upon the collective wisdom of leaders to lead the church. This differs from the model we have had at 3BC over the years where primary leadership is vested in one individual, the Senior Pastor. Under the plurality model, our pastors share in seeking the vision for the church and implementing it. We do see this model implemented in Scripture in the early church (see Acts 14:23; Acts 20:17,28; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Tim 3:1-13; 1 Tim 5:17, among others). As you read through the New Testament, you read of local bodies of believers who are shepherded by a plurality of pastors.
How did the Church Council select Trevin for the role of Teaching Pastor?
Trevin and his family have been active members of 3BC for six years. He leads a LIFE group Class and has preached for us. Trevin had previously expressed interest in serving in the larger preaching and teaching ministries of 3BC while still working with Lifeway. While the Council considered the various models available, we became aware of other churches within Southern Baptist life that had created the position of Teaching Pastor whose primary focus is to the preaching and teaching ministries of their churches. This idea resonated with the Council. Thus, with the concept of a Teaching Pastor on one hand and Trevin’s interest in preaching/teaching in the other, we saw this becoming a very viable approach for 3BC.
Has Trevin been evaluated to determine whether he is qualified to serve as our Teaching Pastor?
Yes. Trevin holds the academic credentials that we would want for a Teaching Pastor. Those are listed in Trevin’s bio above. Through this process, Trevin met with the Church Council, the Personnel Committee, and the Deacons to share his vision for this role and to answer any questions that these groups might have. All of these groups consider him very competent to serve the church in this role.
Will Trevin continue to work for Lifeway?
Yes. Trevin will continue his full-time employment with Lifeway. He still has a passion and a continuous calling to serve the larger church through his role at Lifeway as an editor. He has the full support and encouragement of the head of his division at Lifeway to serve in this role for 3BC.
What will be Trevin’s primary areas of responsibility?
Trevin will serve as the primary teaching and preaching pastor, he will provide leadership to the development and communication of 3BC’s vision, and he will mentor and minister to our other pastors. He will work closely with Mark in planning each Sunday’s service as well as regularly meeting with our full staff.
Will Trevin preach each Sunday and Wednesday?
Due to his work and conference schedule that requires him to travel throughout the year, Trevin will preach around forty Sundays during the year. In his absence on Sundays, our other pastors will preach, or we may have guest speakers preach from time-to-time. Currently, our pastors are discussing a different format for Wednesday evenings. Once that is decided, some clarity will emerge as to the responsibilities on Wednesday meetings.
Are there other changes that will occur if we implement this ministry model?
Yes and No. As part of this proposal, the Church Council is also recommending that Mark Moore be designated as the Executive Pastor for 3BC. In this role, Mark will still be our Worship Pastor, but he will assume the additional responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of the church with oversight over the administrative and personnel areas of the church. Our other pastors will continue providing leadership in their designated ministry areas as they have in the past. All of them, working and serving together, will provide the unique vision and leadership for 3BC.
Why make these changes now?
At this moment in the life of 3BC, we believe that God has provided the unique resources we need to utilize this model. For the daily service to the church, we have a Godly group of pastors with not only many years of overall church ministry experience, but also with many years right here serving the body at 3BC. 3BC is incredibly unique in church life to have the men with the tenure that our pastors collectively have. We believe that they are very capable and confident to lead and thrive under this model. We additionally believe that God has provided a very gifted speaker in Trevin who possesses a passion for preaching and for whom the role of Teaching Pastor is ideally suited.
When would Trevin start in his new role?
Trevin would begin preaching on Sundays in January.
If I have questions, what is the best to way to get answers?
There are several ways you can get answers to any questions you might have. Feel free to come visit with any of the pastors here at church at any time. If you’d like to talk with members of the Church Council, let Mark know (email@example.com, or call 615-893-8192), and he’ll put them in contact with you. Conversations will be confidential. Or, you may submit your question in the form below (it's confidential, too). We’ll provide an answer via email or a phone call. If several of you ask the same question, we’ll amend this FAQ section and include the question for everyone to read.