Pulpit Committee Work

Several times I have been asked to help churches in their pulpit committee work.  Having only been interviewed by one pulpit committee when in the process of being called by Shawnee Baptist Church I can’t speak from a vast supply of personal experience.

I have over the years interviewed and hired a couple hundred people.  In addition I have observed numerous churches practically self destruct because they didn’t use wisdom and good procedures in selecting a pastor.  The thoughts below may be a help to you or someone you know.  Feel free to pass this post along to anyone who might profit by it.

 Pastor Search Considerations: Suggestions for Pulpit Committee Work

1.   Biblical Qualifications –  Make sure that the committee knows, understands and agrees on the Biblical qualifications of a pastor. 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9

 2.   Personal interviewA sit down Q&A session with 2 or more of the committee.  Some questions should be thought through and written down.  The candidate should also be allowed to ask questions of committee members.

3.   Service style, music, ETC – Answer questions concerning Bible Translations, Traditional or contemporary services, Music…

4.   Listen to several recorded sermonsDon’t simply depend on a sugar stick message.

5.   Call references Check all references given. Call former employers, even those not given as references.  Ask  references about Doctrine, Conflict Resolution, Work Ethic, ETC.

6.   Get references from referencesGo another level deep.  Example, Don’t just call the deacon whose name was given to you. Ask that deacon for the names and numbers of      other deacons or church leaders.

7.   Wife & Children at home Make sure you meet the whole family. In interviews with        references, ask specific questions about the family also.

8.   Doctrine & standards coincide w/churchMake sure these things are discussed and that you are on the same page with the same Biblical goals and beliefs.

9.   Dress, Appearance and Lifestyle – Don’t call someone who will discredit the church.

10. Personal credit check

11. Criminal background check

12. Unity of pulpit committee
Don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions.  Don’t expect perfection.  Consider one candidate at a time.  Don’t make this a popularity contest.   Talk about compensation.  Let the serious candidate know about any problems brewing in the church.  SCHEDULE PRAYER SEASONS BEGGING GOD FOR HIS WILL.

My prayers are with you in this process.  If I can be of further help in any way, don’t hesitate to call.

Lonnie Mattingly                                                                                                                                                              l                                                                         (502) 386-5521

Do You Really Want Revival?

What a joy it was to have the opportunity to preach in (7) seven states (5,000+ road miles) during our last major road trip which included most of September and October.  It sure was good to be in our home church and hear our pastor, Bro. Dave Delaney.  He is one of a couple dozen young preachers we have had the opportunity to serve with  that are committed to the fundamentals of the faith, the King James Bible, the local church and soul winning.  I am truly excited about the future of our movement.  God is sharpening some new instruments that will be used to accomplish great things for His glory if he delays His return.  The future is as bright as the promises of God.

Wylie Texas – Lighthouse Baptist Church – Pastor Dr. James Rasbeary  

Upon leaving the greater Atlanta area we headed to Wylie, Texas a city just outside of Dallas.  God gave us a wonderful revival meeting with full altars nightly.  I found Bro. Rasbeary to be a genuine Christian that has built a solid foundation for a growing soul winning church.  Nancy and I fell in love with the Rasbeary family.  They are doing a great job of rearing their children.  Bro. Rasbeary has a balanced ministry.  He planted the church 12 years ago.  While I was there he arranged for me to speak at two area Bible colleges.  One morning we spent time investigating the ministry of J. Frank Norris.  It was enlightening and motivating.  I am looking forward to being with them again September 16-18, 2013.  Bro. Rasbeary is a prolific writer.  I suggest you check his web site for information.

Orlando Florida – Orlando Baptist Temple – Pastor Dr. Russell Riggs

When we left Wylie, Texas we were bound for a return trip to Orlando, Florida.  What a tremendous time we had with Bro. Riggs and family.  Another tremendous work going forward for Christ.  Located in an inner city type of area I felt very much at home.  God gave us good results at the invitation time.  The fellowship and commitment of the church is amazing.  Bro. Riggs has taken a very difficult situation by most peoples standards and turned it into a great opportunity.  A mark of the churches love and confidence for their pastor was demonstrated in their presenting him with a beautiful new truck.  Bro. Riggs is also principle of their Christian day school and leads many other ministries.  When in the Orlando area check them out.

Southaven Mississippi – Clearview Baptist – Pastor Cory Knepshield

From Orlando we headed North to Southaven, Mississippi to be with Pastor Cory Knepshield and the fine folks at Clearview Baptist Church.  We have been truly blessed in the revivals we have conducted this year in that in every case the pastors family has been 1st class.  Bro. Knepshield’s family is no exception.  I love it when the pastors have strong family values.  God has blessed the church with great facilities and Bro. Knepshield has been developing numerous ministries.  There is a genuine burden for the lost and a desire to reach their community for Christ.  As a small town that is part of the greater Memphis metro area the church under Bro. Knepshield’s capable leadership has an opportunity to get the Gospel to thousands.

CONCLUSION – Do You Really Want Revival?

I believe the only hope for America is Heaven sent revival.  I believe we face Revival or Ruin.  The problem seems to be that most of God’s people would like to see revival but are not willing to pay the personal price to have revival.  Will you join me in praying for revival and then give your self anew to God.  A revived Christian will be a Christian with a passion for souls.  Our nation has become one of the largest most needy and extremely wicked nations on the planet.  Bible revival is our only hope.  We can’t sit idly by and pray for the rapture.  We must “watch and pray”… “run with patience” but run… “work for the night is coming”… Come on fellow Christians.  Let’s believe God for the boldness to raise up a nation of Believers that are unashamed to be politically incorrect.  Let’s reach out to the lost with the love and compassion of the Saviour.  I’m not talking about sympathy.  I’m talking about urgency.  I’m talking about obedience.  I’m talking about our children and grand children.  DO YOU REALLY WANT REVIVAL?  



 Bill & Mona Dumpert / Mark & Lori Wilkerson / Lonnie & Nancy Mattingly

Last week Nancy and I had the opportunity to spend five wonderful days in Rantoul, IL in revival meeting at Maranatha Baptist Church.  What a meeting we had as Maranatha celebrated their 34th Anniversary on this past Sunday.

Bro. Mark Wilkerson who has been Pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church for six years did a great job of planning a memorable day.  One of the highlights was to bring in a former pastor, Bro. Bill Dumpert who preached the morning service.  The congregation was deeply moved by his powerful preaching on “Amazed and Afraid” from Mark 10:32-34.  There were many wonderful memories of the days of struggle and victory that they had together.

Pastor Wilkerson taught the Sunday School hour from several passages in Proverbs on the subject of “Walking in Wisdom.”  I had the joy of preaching the evening service. i also preached the evening services Wednesday through Saturday.  God gave us souls saved and full altars.

I believe that Maranatha Baptist Church has a great open door to the city of Rantuel and the surrounding areas.  There were 5 pastors that visited the various week night services along with some of their members.  The spirit was great.  The members responded with many commitments to reach the lost.  I’m praying that real Heaven sent revival will break out in the weeks ahead as the folks fulfill the commitments that were made.  Nancy and I joined with several church members in outreach.  We were able to spend a couple of hours on Saturday knocking doors, passing out fliers and finding several good prospects for the church.  Pray that these efforts will continue.  If they do I am sure that Maranatha will see much fruit.

My closing message was GOD IS GIVING US AN OPEN DOOR

Here is a brief partial outline… It will preach.

Revelation 3:7-13 The Church at Philadelphia… The Revival Church

God Gave them an OPEN DOOR ..

Revelation 3:7-13 The Church at Philadelphia… The Revival Church


They had a testimony of a church that works… but that is not enough. Lots of churches are working hard today but few are having any symptoms of revival.  Consider the following.

1. THEY HAD LITTLE STRENGTH – It is not what we do for God that has eternal significance.  It is what God does through us.  Only what God does will last forever.  2 Corinthians 9:12

2. THEY KEPT HIS WORD –   Psalms 119:89, 2 Timothy 3:15-17 God’s Word is our authority and guide in our service to Him.  Our methods should never be unscriptural.  Our theology should not be man made.  Many people believe in God but they don’t believe God.  The Bible is our final word of authority in all matters of faith and practice.

3. THEY DID NOT DENY HIS NAME – We are not ashamed of the name of Jesus.  Let’s lift Him up. His name has become politically incorrect but it is still Biblically correct.  Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 4:12

I trust that these three simple thoughts will be a challenge to you and a help in teaching and preaching motivation to others to go through the open doors of opportunity that God has given to us.  I am sure that as you study and meditate on these verses that God will give you many other thoughts and applications.


This week we are at Agape Baptist.  What a ministry and what an opportunity.  Next week I will give you an update on the work here.  Pray for me as I will be preaching 6 or 7 times.

Nancy and I are having a wonderful time being in a variety of precious ministries.  We have visited with so many friends and met so many new friends.  God has been good.  We miss Shawnee Baptist Church and our pastor preaching to us.  We are able to catch them from time to time live streaming at http://www.shawneebaptist.org  you should check them out.Bro. David Delaney has a huge task and is doing a great job.  Shawnee Baptist College has college days this week end and will do so in conjunction with “THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE.”  It may not be too late to call and 1participate. 502-775-8431

S. M. Lockeridge – KING JESUS

The following was sent to an IFB preachers e-mail group I enjoy being part of by Bro. Roy Cardle.  Dr. Lockeridge exalts our Saviour.  Take a couple of minutes and read it.  It will stir you.Bro. Lonnie – John 15:8


During this season of the Christian calendar our thoughts are on our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  In this brief study we will look at His Kingship.  In the Old Testament three great offices were created by God to meet the spiritual and material needs of his chosen people.  These offices are:  the prophet, the priest and the king.  In the New Testament Jesus fulfilled all three offices.  Jesus fulfilled the ministry of prophet beginning at the River Jordan and ended at Calvary.  He fulfills the ministry of priest.  This began at the Cross and will end at His Second Coming.  He will fulfill the office of the King. 

Here are some thoughts of a famous preacher, S. M. Lockridge.  I heard him preach this on one of his trips to Alabama to preach to the Pastor’s Conference. 

The Bible says that my King is a seven way King.

He’s the King of the Jews – that’s a racial King.

He’s the King of Righteousness.

He’s the King of the nations – that’s an international King.

He’s the King of the ages.

He’s the King of Heaven.

He’s the King of Glory.

He’s the King of kings and He’s Lord of lords.

That’s My King.  Do you know Him?


David says that the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork. 

My King is a Sovereign King. 

No means of measure can define His limitless love.

No far seeing telescope can bring in the visibility of the coastline of His shoreless supplies.

No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessings.


He’s enduringly strong.

He’s entirely sincere.

He’s eternally steadfast.

He’s immortally graceful.

He’s imperially powerful.

And He’s impartially merciful.

Do you know Him?


He’s the greatest phenomena that has ever crossed the horizon of the world.

He’s God’s Son.

He’s a sinner’s Saviour.

He’s the centerpiece of civilization.

He stands in the solitude of Himself.

He’s august and unique.

He’s unparalleled.

He’s unprecedented.

He is the loftiest idea in Literature.

He’s the highest personality in Philosophy.

He’s the supreme problem in Higher Criticism.

He’s the fundamental doctrine of true Theology.

He’s the core, the necessity of spiritual Religion.

He’s the Miracle of the ages.

He is the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him.

He’s the only One qualified to be an All-sufficient Saviour.

I wonder if you know Him?


He supplies strength for the weak.

He is available for the tempted and the tried.

He sympathizes and He saves.

He strengthens and sustains.

He guards and He guides.

He heals the sick.

He cleansed the lepers.

He forgives the sinners.

He discharges the debtors.

He delivers the captives.

He defends the feeble.

He blesses the young.

He serves the unfortunate.

He regards the aged.

He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek.

I wonder if you know Him?  This is my king.


Well, He’s the key to knowledge.

He’s the wellspring of wisdom.

He’s the doorway of deliverance.

He’s the pathway of peace.

He’s the roadway of righteousness.

He’s the highway of holiness.

He’s the gateway of glory.


His office is manifold.

His promise is sure.

His life is matchless.

His goodness is limitless.

His mercy is everlasting.

His love never changes.

His Word is enough.

His grace is sufficient.

His reign is righteous.

And His yoke is easy and His burden is light.


He’s indescribable, He’s indescribable, He’s indescribable.

He’s incomprehensible.

He’s invincible.

He’s irresistible.

You can’t get Him out of your mind.

You can’t get Him off your hands.


You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him.


The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him.


Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him.

The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree.

Herod couldn’t kill Him.

Death couldn’t handle Him.

And the grave couldn’t hold Him.

That’s My King.  That’s My King.


And thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever, and ever, and ever,….How long is that?  And ever and ever.


And when you get through with all the forevers, then AMEN.






Blessing from the Lighthouse

What a blessing to be with Pastor Patrick Nix and the fine folks at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Taylorsville, Kentucky.  This past Sunday was a real encouragement to Nancy and me as we taught, preached, ate, had fellowship, listened to the music at the church anniversary service.  Excitement was in the air as members and guests made their way to Sunday School and the morning services.


Lighthouse Auditorium

Thirteen years ago Bro. Patrick Nix becamethe pastor of a struggling mission church from Shawnee Baptist Church.  After about 3 years Pastor Nix and I agreed that the Lighthouse Chapel was ready to be chartered and become Lighthouse Baptist Church.  Ten years ago last Sunday I had the joy of preaching the Charter Signing Service.  God has blessed Lighthouse Baptist with scores of people being saved in this country location outside the small town of Taylorsville.  It is really a miracle church with a miracle story.  You can check it out at http://www.lighthousetaylorsville.com

Bro. Patrick and Mrs. Joy Nix have been a tremendous team.  They have sacrificed and worked through victory and disappointment.  The have pressed on.  During this time their family has grown with the addition of five precious children.  I am inserting an outdated picture below.

Pastor Nix and Family


What a blessing to be involved with Shawnee Baptist in planting and help in the planting of several churches.  I challenge you to get involved.