By: Brian Mann
My name is Brian Mann. By God’s grace, I have been serving for the past eight years as the pastor at Catherine Lake Baptist Church in Richlands, North Carolina (located near the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune). Moreover, I also presently serve as the president of the New River Baptist Association Ministers’ Conference. We are seeing great support in gathering among the local pastors to sing, pray, read Scripture and attend to the encouragement of the Word. Also, I spend time with two other pastors on a regular basis to work through a biography or book, discuss ministry issues and pray for each other.
Please pray for my success in promoting a humility in humanity and a high view of God through hope in Jesus Christ. Open the Bible and pray through the pastoral qualifications in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus for me, that I would stay faithful. Open up Ezekiel 34 and pray that I would not give to feeding myself only, but the sheep as well. Pray for me to be wise, fearing the Lord and not people. Pray that my preaching would use the Scriptures rightly according to 2 Timothy 3:16 and the manner of preaching in 2 Timothy 4. Pray for my joy and genuineness in the Lord. Pray for my family to be the first to enjoy all that God gives me in grace and truth so that my wife and children give praise to God for the ministry, the church, the kingdom and the King. I am truly thankful to God for sustaining me thus far in ministry, but prayers are always seriously needed, life is extremely fragile and most days I don’t know what I really need apart from God’s written Word.
On that note, I would encourage future Southeastern students to build a habit of beginning each day in extensive prayer for all that is on their anxious hearts, for their professors, families and future places of ministry. I would encourage them to making learning their goal, and not merely the grades and learning foremost from the Scriptures as their first and final authority for faith and practice. Lastly, I would encourage them to build friendships in ministry where they serve.