Background – Personal Information

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE

 

(1) “If you were chosen to be our Pastor, what would be your plan regarding full-time attention to leading and teaching our congregation, (2) and/or continuing/maintaining your current whitestone2020.com ministry?”:

 

  1.  It would require we relocate to that area. So, assuming this selection process is thorough enough so that at its conclusion all parties are satisfied this is a ‘good fit’;  and that someplace in the process, I would be given a chance to ask the questions I need to ask, I would begin by renting a place to live, to start. We have a home, here in Estero, that we would need to deal with (sell or rent).

 

(b) However, if at the conclusion of the selection process, a ’trial period’ is required, then, again, I would rent temporary housing until things would be considered permanent, then proceed with a permanent move.

 

(c) Of course, I assumed it would take a ‘full time’ effort, and there is a process I would begin to follow to minister to and pastor ___________________(to God’s folks).  I have a strong sense and a good understanding of the differences between, preaching, teaching and pastoring. The first two elements serve the third, but pastoring is a special calling as it combines all three in serving, exhorting, building up the Body, preparing us to go into our local mission fields, commissioning, sending and making disciples who then do the same.  (Long answer), So,

 

  1.  I would be handing the Whitestone2020 ministry to others or retiring it.

 

  1.  I would continue to write and blog as appropriate and in coordination within my _____________________Church functions, vision, to comment on sermons given, any additional teaching and to connect online with the folks at Deerfield Beach Church and the community. In other words, my full-time attention would be fully devoted to my role and calling as pastor of _________________Church.

 

BACKGROUND/PERSONAL

 

 

  1. List your name, address, and phone number.

Michael J. Young, 10608 Jackson Square Drive, Estero, FL 33928, 804-436-3689

 

  1. List the name and address of your current church and the lead teaching

pastor/elder’s name.

Covenant Church of Naples, PCA, Address: 6926 Trail Blvd, Naples, FL 34108, Phone: +1 239 597 3464. Senior Pastor: Trent Casto. Website: https://covenantnaples.com/

  1. What is your marital status (e.g., married, single, widowed, divorced,

separated, remarried)?

Married (54 years).

 

  1. List your wife’s name and date married.

Elizabeth S. Young.  Married 9/22/1967.

 

  1. List the names, ages, and (if applicable) occupations of your children.

Michael Young, Jr., 36 years old, Senior Programmer & Team Leader, Capital One.

Joseph Young, 33, Soccer Coach.

 

  1. Do you or members of your family have any health problems or limitations

that you would like the church to know about? If so, please describe any

unique accommodations that would be necessary to accommodate these.

None.

 

  1. Describe your early life.

 

  1. place of birth.

Oklahoma City, OK, until 12 years old, then, Richmond, Virginia.

  1. where you grew up.

Oklahoma City, OK, until 12 years old, then, Richmond, Virginia.

  1. father: occupations, salvation? still living?

(policeman. Not saved. Deceased).

  1. mother: occupation, salvation? still living?

(homemaker. Not saved. Deceased).

  1. siblings: names, occupations, salvation? still living?

Peter Young, carpenter, not saved, living, 71 years old.

Joseph Young, engineer, saved, deceased.

 

  1. Describe your educational background.

University of Maryland, Far East Division.

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

Boyce Bible College.

 

  1. List your employment history since age eighteen, including previous

ministries; list employers, their business addresses, dates of employment,

and reasons for leaving.

 

Work History Summary

U.S. Army Security Agency (military intelligence) active duty for approximately eight years, 1968 through 1976. Honorable discharge.

I married my wife, Betty Young, in 1968. We, both, were saved in 1974 and have continued to serve God in various capacities.

  • Deacon in the Baptist Church (since 1985)
  • Sunday School and bible teacher (since 1985)
  • Itinerant preacher, pulpit-fill preacher, Evangelist, Bi-Vocational Pastor, various churches (since 1991)
  • Interim pastor, Kentwood Heights Baptist Church, Quinton, Va. (1992)
  • Associate pastor of Evangelism and discipleship, Whitestone, Virginia (2000)
  • Established The White Stone Fellowship, Whitestone, Virginia (Lead Pastor) 2006

I entered life insurance sales in 1976 and worked as a bi-vocational pastor. I incorporated our business as M.I.P.C., Inc., a life insurance agency in 1991. Our agency grew to twenty-two administrative staff and over forty full time life insurance agents, with sales exceeding eight million dollars annually and building an insurance clientele of over twenty thousand customers.

We have two married sons and three grandchildren. Our sons and their wives are committed Christians.

Article I. Credentials & Work History

Local Ordination (Baptist) Virginia 1990

Licensed Minister (Nazarene) Virginia, 2002

General Agency, Insurance, 1976 to 2015

Principal Broker-Dealer (Securities Sales & Management) 1981 to 1985

Article II. Experience

Military Intelligence, United States Army Security Agency, 1968 to 1976

General Agency, M.I.P.C., Inc., Owner 1976 to 2015

Evangelist, Occasional Interim 1991 to 2000

Associate Pastor, White Stone, Virginia, 2000 to 2006

Lead Pastor, White Stone Fellowship, White Stone, Virginia 2006 to 2008

Lead Pastor & Director, White Stone Fellowship, Estero, Florida 2008 to present

Article III. Education

Business Administration, Virginia Commonwealth 1972 to 1976

General Ministry Training, Boyce Bible 1991 to 1993

Pastoral Counseling, Baptist Board, 1992

  1. List any societies, boards, and professional memberships; list memberships

and leadership positions.

 

N/A

 

  1. List any relevant honors or recognitions received.

 

Named as leading General Agency for Illinois Mutual 15 consecutive years and was the first to be inducted to the Company’s Hall of Fame for General Agents.

 

  1. List specific ministries inside or outside the local church in which you were

involved as a paid staff or volunteer for the past fifteen years and the length

of time you were/have been involved in each ministry (other than those

listed in the employment history; e.g., Sunday school teacher, elder, deacon,

children’s ministry worker, nursing home ministry, crisis pregnancy

ministry, worship team, etc.).

 

  1. Have you or any of your ministries ever had any financial difficulties? If so,

describe the circumstances contributing to them and the outcome/result.

 

Not applicable.

 

  1. Have you ever been investigated or had charges filed against you in a

criminal matter? If so, please write an explanation of the circumstances,

including the resolution, on a separate paper.

 

N/A

 

  1. Have you ever been sued? If so, please write an explanation of the

circumstances, including the resolution, on a separate paper.

 

My business was sued in 2018 by a former agent claiming rights to our client lists. He admitted to falsely testifying in depositions and the case was dismissed.

 

  1. Have you ever testified under oath, either in a criminal or civil matter? If so,

 

N/A

 

please describe the circumstances, including whether it was ministry-related.

 

SPIRITUAL LIFE/QUALIFICATIONS

 

  1. Briefly describe your conversion to Christ.

 

I had the ‘head knowledge’ of Christ as a child and teenager. I came to Christ under the tutelage and encouragement of several men in my life, the primary being my uncle, a Southern Baptist pastor. I had a ‘foxhole’ conversion experience while in the Army in Southeast Asia, but it was genuine. My life changed in for the better in radical ways.  (My wife came to Christ at a local Baptist Church, while I was overseas, at about the same time.) Over the years my faith grew and, under the care of Pastor Larry Posey, I began the journey into pastoral and evangelical ministry.

 

  1. Describe your call to pastoral ministry and how it has been affirmed.

 

First, pastor Larry Posey discipled and mentored me and encouraged me to ministry. Then, pastor Bob Collins took me under his wing and guided me. I began getting invitations to speak at churches, then, I was being invited to fill pulpits for local pastors and do interim work. I was being called on to take permanent positions as an associate pastor and finally as a lead pastor.  The affirmation or confirmation, to me, of my calling, was that people were coming to Christ by God’s work through my life and ministry. (After a long term of prayer, I decided to pursue ministry bi-vocationally.)

 

  1. When/where were you ordained? Licensed to preach?

 

I was ordained, locally, (1992) by Kentwood Heights Baptist Church, in Quinton, Virginia.  I was there a very short time. For family reasons, we moved to White Stone, Virginia, where a local pastor encourage me to get licensed in the Nazarene Church. I served as an associate pastor of evangelism and discipleship and shared pulpit duties.

 

  1. How does your wife feel about you applying for this position?

 

She is encouraging me to follow God’s leading.

 

  1. Closely examine each of the Bible’s qualifications for pastors, deacons, and

their wives (1 Tim. 3; Titus 1:5-9; Acts 6:1-6; 1 Pet. 5:1-4).

 

  1. Which are your strongest qualities?

 

Ministering of the Word, preaching, teaching, “caring for the flock with eagerness”.

 

  1. Which are your weakest?

 

This is difficult for me to admit and explain, but, the office of ‘overseer’ or ‘leader’. I am certain that the methods used by many churches and pastors now-a-days, is in conflict with the Biblical definition and role of a pastor.  The word “leader”, in the Bible, is used only to describe secular duties, military duties and non-pastoral duties in the church. I do not see a pastor as a CEO and I believe strongly in the ‘priesthood of believers’, that is, every Christian has gifts and a calling.  So, I delegate to those who are the called.

 

  1. Are there any which presently disqualify you from ministering? (Note

the phrase “must be” in 1 Tim. 3:2.)

 

None.

 

  1. Does your wife meet the qualifications of I Timothy 3:11 (see also

Titus 2:3-5 and I Peter 3:1-6)?

 

Yes.

 

  1. Describe the spiritual life of your children.

 

Our children are grown. Both our sons studied and graduated from a Christian College. One graduated with a youth ministry degree, then went on to obtain a master’s degree in computer science. Our second son complete three years of youth ministry studies and graduated with a degree in physical education.  Both, they, and their wives are graduates of the same college (Olivet Nazarene University).  All four a committed Christians, following Christ.

 

  1. What are your regular practices regarding the following spiritual disciplines:

 

  1. personal prayer

 

Deliberate daily prayer. Mornings and evenings.

 

  1. personal Bible study

 

Between one and three hours, daily.

 

  1. family devotions

 

My wife and I, together.

 

  1. meditation

 

Before and after personal prayer and Bible study times.

 

  1. stewardship

 

Regular tithe, offerings and support of some Christian ministries and Christ-centered parachurch groups.

 

  1. continued education/learning

 

At this stage of life and ministry, this is selective and opportunistic.

 

  1. spiritual leadership in the home

 

I lead; my wife and I confer; we are together decision making, in ministry and life.

 

  1. personal evangelism

 

I have a personal evangelism protocol and practice. Every chance I get with every person I encounter.

 

  1. What relationships in your life currently provide spiritual encouragement

and accountability?

 

Small group Bible studies. Men in my church.

 

 

  1. How are you currently discipling others?

 

Online ministry; Home Bible study group; One-on-one, when available.

 

  1. Who are your favorite Christian writers, commentators, theologians, etc.?

 

John Piper; Alistair Begg; A.W. Tozer; (commentator, David Guzik)

 

Why?

 

Fundamentally sound, reformed theology; great application of scripture to daily life.

 

What books have you read in the past year?

 

Evidence that Demands a Verdict; The Bait of Satan;

 

THEOLOGY/DOCTRINE

 

  1. Who is Jesus Christ and what does He mean to you?

 

Jesus Christ was begotten by God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the virgin Mary. He is the only begotten Son of God.

He lived a sinless life and He alone is qualified as the exclusive Savior. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name in heaven given to men by which we must be saved” Acts 4:12. Jesus is the only way to God and to heaven.

He is God, the only begotten Son of the Father.

Jesus died for my sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood.  He is my sanctifier and my healer, my reason for living.

  1. What is biblical repentance?

 

Repentance, in the Biblical sense, literally means, “To change one’s mind; to change one’s mind for the better” and it comes from a two root words which mean, “Hereafter, have this understanding or perception”.

 

Repenting is the act of changing your mind which means your mindset, your values, and your worldview is changed.  Some would say you then live by new standards.  But it is much greater than just living by new standards.

 

A person of sound mind cannot simultaneously think one thing and do another, repentance results in a complete change of mind and direction of one’s life.

 

Another way of saying this is, “As a man or woman thinks, so are they”.

Interestingly, Jesus, the Son of God, in fact God Himself, said these very words which is recorded in Matthew 4:17.  Remembering, this is both a Command and a prophetic Word from God.

Jesus said this is what we are to do – Repent – in order to become His disciple and to follow Him, and, this is what will happen is we repent.

 

 

  1. What is biblical faith?

 

New King James Version, Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

New American Standard Bible, Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen.

NASB 1995, Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Faith, (‘pistis’), is always a gift from God, and never something that can be produced by people. In short, faith for the believer, is “God’s divine persuasion“, and is therefore distinct from human belief, or human confidence, yet it involves it. The Lord continuously births faith in the yielded believer so they can know what He prefers, i.e., it is the persuasion of His will in the believer. (1 John 5:4).

  1. What is justification by faith?

 

Justification is the declaring of a person to be just or righteous. In the Bible is a legal term signifying acquittal of all sins, in God’s Sight, past, present and future.

Those who are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, are declared “justified” by God, Himself.

 

Properly understood, internalized and embraced by the recipient, this should at least cause one to sigh with relief. It is, or should give the believer, freedom from the torments of sin, guilt and shame, worry, doubt and fear. It is, in essence, a new beginning in life.

(Being careful here, to remember that “justification” is not a license to “sin all the more”, but to turn away from sin and walk in righteousness)

 

  1. What is your view of sanctification and how sanctification relates to justification?

 

First, to sanctify someone or something is to set that person or thing apart for their intended use.

 

Secondly, sanctification means holiness.  So, when we are sanctified, we live according to God’s design and purpose.

 

Sanctification is a process, and often times the process can be unpleasant for a while, as God proves and prepares us for His service.  Matthew 5:1-11 could be considered as a picture salvation, and of the process sanctification. One being made ready, as 1 Peter 1:6-7, says, “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which perishes though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”

 

Justification happens when God declares a guilty sinner to be righteous and sanctification happens when God makes the believing sinner righteous.

 

Justification is a one-time act and sanctification is a continual process. Justification releases us from the penalty of sin and sanctification releases us from the power of sin.

 

 

  1. How does the Bible relate the sovereignty of God to salvation? Include your

position on covenant theology and Calvinism/Arminianism.

 

Charles H. Spurgeon has said it about as well as can be said:

“If any man be saved, he is saved by divine grace and by divine grace alone; the reason of his salvation is not to be found in him, but in God. We are not saved as the result of anything that we do or that we will, but we will and do as the result of God’s good pleasure and the work of His grace in our hearts. No sinner can prevent God; that is, he cannot go before Him, cannot anticipate Him. God is always first in the matter of salvation. He is before our convictions, before our desires, before our fears, and before our hopes. All that is good or ever will be good in us is preceded by the grace of God and is the effect of a divine cause within.”59

“Again, the grace of God is sovereign. By that we mean that God has an absolute right to give that grace where He chooses and to withhold it when He pleases. He is not bound to give it to any man, much less to all men;

The second part of this question would almost require I write a thesis. But I will struggle with a synopsis.  Covenant theology is a theological study that examines the Bible within the context of the Bible’s covenants, (Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, and the New Covenant).

 

It is my position that the Bible teaches and demonstrates covenant theology, and that the five points of Calvinism, (Total depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace and the Perseverance of the Saints) which means that the whole of Scripture is about God’s sovereign redeeming grace.

 

Arminianism, on the other hand, is a system of belief that attempts to explain the relationship between God’s sovereignty and mankind’s free will, especially in relation to salvation. I do not hold this view, so, I prefer not to explain it.

 

  1. What does the Bible teach about the knowledge of God and the future?

 

First and foremost, the Bible tells us we can know God by His Son, Who is the exact representation of the Father. We come to know Him by God’s grace, through our faith in Jesus.

 

The Bible also tells us that God is omniscient (knows all things), which includes the future. The Bible also tells us that He Eternal, that is, He has always existed and shall always be.  He is the Alpha and the Omega, “says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8)

 

The Bible teaches that God created the heavens the earth and all living creatures with a purpose. We see sin and rebellion in the Garden of Eden and the ‘fall of mankind’. But, from the beginning, God provided a way of redemption and salvation.

 

All of creation is destined for God’s Perfection, as will be seen at the End of the Age, when the old is dismissed, sin, death, evil and Satan will be cast into the lake of fire for all eternity, and all things – the heavens and the earth – will be made new, righteous and without sin or death, and we will dwell with Him, forever!

 

 

  1. What does the Bible teach about the extent of man’s depravity?

 

Total. Period. Man can do nothing to save himself; only God can save him.

 

  1. What did Christ’s atonement accomplish?

 

  • “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2)

 

  • “The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”” (John 1:29)
  • “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the worldis My flesh” (John 6:51)
  • “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself” (John 12:32)
  • “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all,the testimony given at the proper time” (1 Timothy 2:5–6)
  • “But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9)
  1. What is your position on the inerrancy of Scripture? What is your preferred

translation of the Scriptures, and do you use different versions for other

purposes?

 

I emphatically state that scriptures are without error. Some will say ‘in the original manuscripts’, to which I say, ‘okay’.  But, in this day and age, especially, you have to watch the ‘translation’ or version you are using. Too many versions deliberately misinterpret or reinterpret the scriptures to fit a specific denominational view, or a non-Biblical worldview.

I prefer the New American Standard version, but I use the King James version, the New King James version to confirm verses and translations. I also, regularly use Strong’s Bible Concordance and dictionary. I also like compare the NASB to the English Standard version at times.

 

  1. What are your views on baptism and the Lord’s Supper? What is their

significance in the life of the church?

 

The sacrament and act of baptism is an outward sign of an ‘inward decision’. We are buried with Christ (in death to the flesh, the old me) and raised to new life in Christ, with Him.

 

Baptism does not save, but it is part of the conversion process and it is our covenant pledge to follow the example of Jesus, to be transformed by Him, by a renewed spirit and the renewing of our minds.

 

The sacrament and act of the Lord’s Supper reminds us of what Christ has done for us. John chapter 6, Jesus tells us, “The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.”

 

We are united with Christ and with His Body, the Church, through believer’s baptism and through ‘eating of His Body and drinking His Blood’.

 

  1. What is a proper understanding of Old Testament law?

 

I believe Galatians 3:23-29 explains this best, when it says, “But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the Law, being confined for the faith that was destined to be revealed.  Therefore, the Law has become our guardian (or schoolmaster) to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For you are all sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

The Old Testament is the foundation for the New Testament.

 

  1. What is your interpretation of the biblical teaching on Hell?

 

Simply put, Hell is real; it is hot and fierce; it is eternal.

 

  1. What does the Bible teach concerning spiritual gifts? Please delineate your

views about miraculous or “sign” gifts.

 

Spiritual gifts, (charismata) are an endowment or extraordinary powers given by the Holy Spirit.

These supernatural graces, are given to individual Christians by the Holy Spirit with the purpose of building up the Body of Christ which is The Church and are needed to fulfill the mission of the Church.  Spiritual Gifts enable Christians to serve the Lord and His Church.

We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus and called to serve. ​We are God’s church.

Here is a list of the Gifts which God gives His Body.  See if you can find which gift or gifts are yours.  Can you imagine how different things would be in The Church and the world around us if we engaged and used these Gifts, daily?

​Romans 12             1 Corinthians          Corinthians 12       Ephesians 4

Prophecy               Word of wisdom           Apostle                  Apostle
Serving                  Word of knowledge      Prophet                  Prophet
Teaching                Faith                             Teacher                  Evangelist
Exhortation            Gifts of healing             Miracles                 Pastor
Giving                   Miracles                         Kinds of healing   Teacher
Overseer                Prophecy                        Helps
Mercy                     Distinguishing spirits  Administration
Tongues                 Tongues
Interpretation of tongues

Sometimes, Spiritual Gifts are mistakenly considered to be a natural talent or a person’s proclivity, a natural inclination.  Natural talents can mimic Gifts of the Holy Spirit, but they will never accomplish God’s purposes effectively.

Please remember, these are not natural talents.  These are supernatural Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The ‘sign gifts’ are the most to be misused and abused. The Apostle Paul had a lot to say about these gifts especially in 1 Thessalonians chapter 14.  I will abbreviate Paul’s remarks by quoting him variously saying,

So, you too, unless you produce intelligible speech by the tongue, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will just be talking to the air;  

 

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unproductive;

 

“For you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not edified;

 

“Do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.  In the Law it is written: “By men of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people, and even so they will not listen to Me,” says the Lord.  So then, tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers;

 

“Therefore, if the whole church gathers together and all the people speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are insane?”

 

  1. What is your view of divorce and remarriage?

 

The Bible discourages divorce, but, permits in case of adultery or fornication. It was permitted in a ‘stubborn generation’.

 

In counseling on this matter, however, I discourage divorce. This is not a good space for me to go into depth, but, after many factors are considered, of the relationship has become dangerous a separation while working out a resolution may become necessary.  But the goal is always reconciliation.

 

As far as remarriage goes, again, this is complex. But, in short, if children are involved, a person should not remarry, at least until the children are grown.

God forgives. But there are ramifications of sin that will persist. Damages can last a lifetime.  Avoid it. Start right, stay right, finish strong! Still, do all things in live and with grace.

 

  1. What is your position regarding tithing? Do you believe it is a requirement

for believers?

 

Malachi 3:9 asks us and warns us, “Would anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the entire nation of you!  Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and put Me to the test now in this,” says the Lord of armies, “if I do not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.  Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruit of your ground; nor will the vine in the field prove fruitless to you,” says the Lord of armies. “All the nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says the Lord of armies.

“Your words have been arrogant against Me,” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’ You have said, ‘It is pointless to serve God; and what benefit is it for us that we have done what He required, and that we have walked in mourning before the Lord of armies? So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up, but they also put God to the test and escape punishment.’”

This was spoken to an arrogant and rebellious people. God says if they will begin to obey Him, this time, through the tithe (not optional), He will protect and bless them. A common theme the Old Testament.

 

And, by the way, tithing, as an Old Testament regulation of the Law, would actually be as much as 33% of one’s income, with a baseline of 10%.

Then, in 2 Corinthians 9:1, the Apostle Paul says, “For it is superfluous for me to write to you about this ministry to the [a]saints; for I know your willingness, of which I boast about you to the Macedonians, namely, that Achaia has been prepared since last year, and your zeal has stirred up most of them. But I have sent the brothers, in order that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this case, so that, as I was saying, you will be prepared; otherwise, if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to mention you—would be put to shame by this confidence. So I considered it necessary to urge the brothers that they go on ahead to you and arrange in advance your previously promised [b]generous gift, that the same would be ready as a [c]generous gift, and not as one grudgingly given due to greediness.

Now I say this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows [d]generously will also reap [e]generously. Each one must do just as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace overflow to you, so that, always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; as it is written:

“He scattered abroad, he gave to the poor,
His righteousness [f]endures forever.”

10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; 11 you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the [g]saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God. 13 Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your]contribution to them and to all, 14 while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

Paul does not use the word ‘tithe’ and he seems to make sowing, giving, a matter of conscience. However, since the coming of the Holy Spirit, ‘giving’ is a Spiritual Gift. The believer is empowered by the Holy Spirit to give to the Church for the work of God and the saints.

So, one has to ask, “If I am filled with the Holy Spirit and gifted by the Holy Spirit, why am I not sowing or giving?”

‘Cheerfully Giving’ is a mark of a true Christian. Liberally giving would indicate one is a fully devoted follower.

  1. What is your view of the phrase “the overseer then must be . . . the husband

of one wife” from 1 Tim. 3:2?

 

It would mean a person who has not been divorced and remarried.

 

  1. How do you articulate your present view of end-time or eschatological

issues?

 

Pre-Millennial, Pre-Wrath rapture.

 

  1. What are your views on alcohol consumption by believers?

 

  • Bad idea. Read the stats on alcoholism.  (2) Don’t you know your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit? (3) I will gladly give up some things to keep a brother or sister from stumbling, and perhaps, to win one to Christ.

 

  1. What are your views on abortion and euthanasia?

 

Simply put: One is murder; the other is assisted suicide-murder.

 

 

  1. What are your views on homosexuality, same-sex attraction, same-sex

marriage, and gender identity?

 

They are one of the most insidious of the great deceptions of the devil. They are strong deluding influences and are almost impossible to defeat. One of the few things that cause a person to sin against their own soul.

 

That said, homosexual or not, God loves people and does not will that any should perish. They must, like anyone, repent and turn to God through faith in Christ.

 

Important Note: Matthew 4:23, says, “Jesus was going about in all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease (nosos) and every sickness (malakia) among the people.”

 

Disease = Nosos = sickness, plague, misery, suffering, distress, madness, vice and moral filth.

 

Sickness = Malakia = effeminate, of a catamite, of a boy kept for homosexual relations with a man, of a male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness, of a male prostitute.

 

The Bible says, Jesus heals every disease of sickness, plague, misery, suffering, distress, madness, vice and moral filth and every sickness of homosexuality.

 

There is Hope in the One whom God has sent!

 

PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY/PREACHING/PASTORAL ROLES

 

Briefly describe the following:

 

 

  1. Your leadership/management style in supervising staff

 

Making our Biblical mandates and goals clear by agreement.  Then, mentoring, discipling by example, teaching, delegating, commissioning and sending. Then, meeting to encourage one another, help one another and to make sure we are ‘doing the work God has given us’.

 

  1. Your preaching style

 

I like to vary styles: Expository, textual, occasionally topical, and narrative. The main point is that scriptures, the Word of God, the Logos, it is ‘the breathe of God’ (pneuma).  It tells the Truth to us and through us, if we breath it in. So, I find the greatest use in application.

 

  1. Your philosophy of local church ministry

 

Reach the lost, make disciples, encourage, equip, train, send., and do it again.

https://whitestone2020.com/mission-gamplan/the-cycle-of-ministry-jesus/

 

  1. Your understanding of the biblical roles and responsibilities of pastors/

elders/deacons and how they relate to one another

 

Pastors: The word pastor is a term derived from a Greek word for “shepherd”.  Pastoral Gifts include integrity and compassion. A shepherd is the feeder, protector, and ruler of a flock of men. Figuratively, a pastor is someone who the Lord raises up to care for the total well-being of His flock (the people of the Lord.  (Strong’s)

(The tasks of a Near Eastern shepherd were to watch for enemies trying to attack the sheep to defend the sheep from attackers to heal the wounded and sick sheep to find and save lost or trapped sheep to love them, sharing their lives and so earning their trust.

​During World War II, a shepherd was a pilot who guided another pilot whose plane was partially disabled back to the base or carrier by flying alongside him to maintain visual contact.)

Elders: Comes from the Greek word, presbýteros – properly, a mature man having seasoned judgment (experience); an elder. 1Timothy 5:17 says, “The elders who lead well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.

 

Deacons: Diákonos. (“ministry”) in the New Testament usually refers to the Lord inspiring His servants to carry out His plan for His people, i.e. as His “minister”. (Like a deacon serving Him in a local church). minister, servant. to run on errands; as an attendant, especially, as a Christian servant.

 

Although each office or role is defined in and of itself, they can also be interchangeable, based on the needs of the Body. Pastors are first, then the Elders and then the deacons in. authority and responsibilities, but they are of one Body and work together for the good of the Church.

 

 

  1. Your philosophy of missions, including in the U.S. and globally

 

This is a top priority for each and every Christian. Each of is called to go and make disciples. Each of us should live the example of a disciple of Jesus, ready to give a reason for our Hope. Our mission field, as describe in the Book of Acts, is where we live, that is, in our homes and neighborhoods; wherever we travel, whether in our own county, state, nation or abroad.

 

  1. Your philosophy of community outreach/advance, including church

visitation programs

 

Respectfully, I don’t like the term “philosophy”, although I understand the intention. Community outreach should be just another name for missions.

 

The church (as an organization) can perform all kinds of intentional ministries and programs to either serve the community or to attract the community, and this can be very good and a lot of fun. However, our Church Body needs to be in the habit of making friends of our community through our Christian behavior and love for others. More will come to know us and our Lord if they find our love and care for others is genuine, from our heart, first.  (“Make a friend, make a convert, make a disciple.)

 

  1. Your views of the role of women in church ministry

 

Briefly, women are called to serve God and to serve the Church in many capacities, and, they are excluded from some roles, such as Pastors and Elders.  This is no different than any man having to meet the qualifications to serve as a Pastor, Elder or a Deacon, but for other reasons.

 

(This actually goes to the issue of ‘covering’ of authority).

 

  1. Your views on the number of weekly services a church should have

 

I believe this is based on need. Traditionally, Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings and Wednesday evenings, which I believe has worked well and kept the faithful ‘fed and encouraged’. I see Sunday as essential. If needs dictate, additional services can and should be added.

 

  1. Your views on home-based small-group meetings, mid-week prayer

meetings, and/or other mid-week services/activities

 

I believe that home-based small-group meetings, mid-week prayer

meetings, and/or other mid-week services and activities can be essential in helping the Body connect.

 

  1. Your views regarding music in the worship service and in the lives of

individual church members, including leadership.

 

Forgive me for waxing sentimental, but music is the solace of the soul. There is much to say about the psychology of music and its effect on the mind, will, emotions and the heart. When it comes to worship, Biblical based lyrics quarter-beat rhythm has a tremendous effectiveness in settling our minds to focus on God and dwell on His Words.

 

  1. Your views on church discipline

 

This is an area to be approached soberly, carefully and with counsel. Sometimes it becomes necessary, but, only after serious and lengthy consideration self-inspection, and a great deal of prayer.

 

The process and procedure are spelled out in Matthew chapter 18. Church discipline is for the purpose of protecting the church, restoring the sinner to a right walk with God, and renewing fellowship among the church members. When used, it is to be applied justly, in love but firmly, always remembering, “There but for the grace of God, go I’.

 

  1. Your approach and philosophy of church growth

 

I am not in favor of the slogans or adage, “come grow with us”, or “build it and they will come”.  Too many churches have gone the way of apostasy because they grew in numbers for numbers sake and the tares began to run the church.

 

I am in complete agreement that as we lift up the Name of Jesus, He will draw all people to Himself.  I.e., good preaching, good teaching, good living, genuine and fully devoted followers of Christ live the example of Jesus, and the church will grow.

 

  1. Your views on how a pastor and his church should relate to other churches

locally and to the larger body of Christ in the world

 

There is a quote being used by many churches that says, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity”. It is an aphorism attributed to St. Augustine, John Wesley and to a number of theologians in between them.  It is often cited as Christians attempt to reach consensus regarding their core theological and ethical convictions and how they will live them out in church and society. The quote is full of wise counsel, and yet it also begs two important questions: “What are the essentials? And who determines what they are?”

Where we are all part of the same Body of Christ and in agreement in the essentials the cooperate fully.

When it comes the non-essential, proceed carefully.

 

Where there is a co-belligerency, cooperate occasionally on single issues and then carefully.

 

Do all things in charity wherever and whenever possible.

 

  1. Your philosophy of children’s and youth ministries

 

Jesus said it best as recorded in Matthew 19:13, “Then some children were brought to Him so that He would lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. 14. But Jesus said, “Leave the children alone, and do not forbid them to come to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 After laying His hands on them, He departed from there.”

All studies show that if we train up a child in the way they should go, even when they grow older they will not abandon it. (Proverbs 22:6)

 

  1. What financial accountability in the church looks like to you

 

  1. Transparent
  2. Focused on our call in ministry https://whitestone2020.com/the-jesus-model-for-ministry/
  3. Audited

 

  1. The top five responsibilities you think you should have in this role and the

approximate percentage of time required per week for each one

 

  1. Promoting generous and responsible giving
  2. Selecting and Elder or a deacon who is proficient
  3. Assuring transparency
  4. Insuring our focus
  5. Making certain of feedback to the Church audits that are done correctly

 

 

  1. (If applicable) your philosophy regarding the following types of ministries:

 

  1. bus/van ministry

 

Good idea, delegated.

 

 

  1. radio/TV ministry

 

Good idea if warranted

 

  1. Christian school ministry

 

Good idea if the staff and funding is available

 

  1. senior citizens ministry

 

Essential.

 

  1. counseling ministry

Essential.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

  1. How receptive are you to feedback in all areas of your life, including in your

preaching style?

 

Extremely receptive.

 

  1. What are three goals you have set and carried out in your present ministry?

 

  1. Reaching the lost.
  2. Making disciples.
  3. Sending disciples.

Without a doubt, this is slow and difficult work – the results are few – but rewarding.

 

  1. What are three personal goals you have set for yourself in the past year?

 

  1. Finish writing a book on discipleship that is easy to read, easy to understand and is doable. (completed)
  2. Finish writing a book (a simple primer) on the panorama of Biblical history as compared to world history and Daniel’s 70 weeks and the effects of the Bible on the world’s history. (With an emphasis on prophecy – fulfilled and unfulfilled.)
  3. Lead ONE to Christ; start one more Bible study.

Respectfully submitted.

Michael J Young