On this week’s episode of the Church Leadership Podcast, Mark and Andy get to spend some time talking with one of their great friends, Patrick Martin. Patrick serves as Senior Pastor of Russell Baptist Church in Green Cove Springs, FL. As you listen, you will hear his story about leading in challenging ministry settings, and you will be encouraged by his passion to make disciples.
Find out more about Russell Baptist Church here – https://russellbaptistchurch.
In our conversation, Patrick mentions the following books:
“Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni. You can check it out on Amazon here – https://www.amazon.com/Five-
“Who Moved My Pulpit” by Thom Rainer, which can be found on Amazon here – https://www.amazon.com/Who-
“I don’t know that I have ever been in a condition in any church where you walk in and go, ‘’Yep, yep, this is gonna be revitalization.’”
“So, we are about to see massive growth. I mean, back in the day, I killed my first turkey in what is now a neighborhood a mile and a half down the road.”
“A church like ours comes to a crossroads… You have a choice to make, you can either choose to be faithful to God’s call and to pursue the community around you with the gospel, or you can just bury your head in the sand and pretend that the sin on the outside doesn’t affect the perceived perfection on the inside.”
“To me as a pastor, that was the hardest thing to change, in being an agent of change, is changing your heart for the community around you, and then doing whatever it takes within the confines of the gospel to reach that segment.”
“I get paid to cast vision. I mean, that’s kind of the view of many church members: you get paid to do this. The influential people in your church don’t.”
“Some people, they do yoga, or they get massages, or they work out to relieve stress. Man, I fly airplanes.”
“I cannot place a high enough value on surrounding yourself with people who… understand what you are going through”