Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

Jones, Vols, and Preachers being Hired

Butch Jones is the new head coach for the Tennessee Volunteers.  Earlier last week, I was opposed to this hiring.  It did not seem big enough to make a statement on a national level.  It was no Jon Gurden, and Strong even turned down the job.  Gurden never wanted the job in the first place, and Strong played the job into a safe contract.  But looking back, Jones was the one who wanted to dance.  Using this image, most people can relate.  You asked a few of the pretty girls at the dance, and you got turned down.  None of them wanted to, and the first one that you asked did not even speak back to you.  One used you to make her boyfriend jealous.  But finally, one wanted to dance.  And looking back, you danced and ended up marrying the girl.  Because she wanted you too.  There is nothing wrong in shooting for the stars, but in the end, I would rather have the one who wanted to dance.  Think about Strong, he picked the safety of a job over the challenge of the SEC.  Jones wanted to dance with the best of them.  He did not want to settle for a safe job.  You got to respect a man like that.  He is in the process of putting together a great staff too.  Jones wanted to step up, and play in the big boy league.  I would rather have a guy wanting to dance instead of someone dancing to be nice.

Churches have the same mindset to hiring preachers.  Recently, I heard that Beltline recently hired Steve Smith.  I bet that was a shocker to some of the people in Alabama as Steve was preaching in California.  Probably most of the guys in the area never heard of him.  And he might not have been the first pick of the congregation (I am guessing, and no I had nothing to do with this search, nor did I try for this job).  But I know Steve, and he is a superstar hire.  He is strong in the people skills, one of the best, and he is a high energy guy.  I knew when I met him he was going to have some great opportunities in the church.  He is a five star preacher.  Maybe the congregation asked some of the more established guys about this job, and got turned down, but Steve said yes.  And in the long run, it is a great hire for the congregation.  Steve will do great and the church will love him.

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About The Author

Matthew is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. He has a beautiful wife named Charity and a precious baby named Gabrielle. He has graduated from the Brown Trail School of Preaching, Heritage Christian University with his Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies, Lipscomb University with his Master’s of Arts in Biblical Studies and his Master’s of Divinity at Freed-Hardeman University. He is presently working towards his Doctorate of Ministry at Harding Graduate School of Religion. His articles have appeared in the World Evangelist, the Highway to Holiness, The West Virginia Christian, The Christian Echo, The Firm Foundation, Church Growth, and the Gospel Advocate. He enjoys hockey, golf, boxing, and chess. In his spare time he enjoys reading numerous genres of books. Also, he is working on climbing all of the 14ers in Colorado. Matthew is the Pulpit Minister for the Castle Rock church of Christ.

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