Also attending the meeting yesterday were a couple of long-time advocates for bivocational ministry. David Sanders recently retired as the Director of the Center for Bivocational Ministry at Campbellsville University but returned yesterday to attend the meeting. Coming with David was Ray Gilder, National Coordinator for the Bivocational Small Church Leadership Network, who has done much to support and encourage bivocational ministers throughout the Southern Baptist Convention and across denominations. Ray serves a similar capacity in the Tennessee Baptist Convention. I had not seen Ray in a few years so it was good to touch base with him yesterday and hear about some of his recent work. You can find out more about the ministry of this organization and the support they offer bivocational ministries at http://www.bivosmallchurch.net/.
It was a great day with people who share my beliefs about bivocational ministry and the importance of Christian higher education. Even though few students were on campus, there was an energy there that I could feel as soon as I got out of my car. As I was leaving I took a few minutes to drive around the campus and was amazed at the changes that have occurred there since I began serving on this council a few years ago. The president, Dr. Michael Carter, and his staff and faculty are doing a great work there, but each of them will be quick to point out that all the credit goes to God. He has truly blessed this university and continues to do so. Campbellsville University is receiving students and producing servant leaders, and that excites me about the future.