I have been a minister (ordained in the Baptist faith) now for nearly twenty-seven years. My wife left me after twenty-eight years of marriage, and I’m currently still the pastor. However, I need a helpmate. I want to date, but all women are scared of dating a preacher. I understand that, too. I don’t want to cause a “black eye” on the church, so here is my question:
I’m fifty-one and alone… if I start dating women, should I quit preaching? Not quit serving God, NO! Quit preaching. I think that would look best on God and His church… not a denomination, but the church of all believers of the Son of God. Please give your honest opinion. Again, thanks for your honestly.
Dear Single Baptist,
You say that you don’t believe in denominationalism, but you are preaching for a denomination. You’ve been through a lot, and we cannot imagine the pain you must feel having your wife leave you – tragedies like your divorce are a time to evaluate quite a few things in life. What if we told you that the Lord’s church does exist without denominationalism? What if we told you there are groups of people that do just what the Bible says without denominational ordainings, traditions, and hierarchies? After twenty-seven years of preaching for a denomination, would you be willing to consider that the Lord’s church isn’t part of that world? In the Lord’s church, preachers are just men (Acts 14:15) and are treated like all other christians – even when it comes to dating. There is another way; we urge you to read the article “Down With Denominationalism“, and if you are interested, we would be happy to study these issues out with you.