~ by Bobby Fisher
The twists and turns of life never seem to get old. As a drug addict and fully committed atheist, who would have thought I would be loving life as a follower of Christ. As a manager in the communications industry for 20 years in Colorado, how did I end up a pastor in California?
The truth is I love the surprises!
And so this spring I will embark on another journey – I am taking the SCORRE conference to South Africa. Our team will be training 32 indigenous pastors on how to study the Bible, and then transition into a three day SCORRE conference.
Why South Africa? If you have been to SCORRE in the U.S.A., then you know the value of SCORRE in preparing and delivering focused, crystal clear talks. The need in Africa is exponential in comparison. Pastors receive minimal training in Biblical studies and literally no training in communication. Christianity is growing across Africa, but the pastoral training is lagging badly. And so there are literally thousands of congregations with no pastor or an untrained pastor. I realize God can and is doing great things even with these conditions, but just think of the impact not only on the pastors, but on the church at large as we begin to raise up Biblically and SCORRE trained pastors. Why South Africa? The Apostle Paul said it best:
“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2
SCORRE South Africa! I do love surprises!
Bobby Fisher has been married to his lovely wife Jill for 33 years; he is father of three grown children and grandfather to four. Bobby is Executive Pastor at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto, California, where he oversees a staff of more than 50 pastors, directors and administrative staff. He is passionate about the local church and its role as the expression of Christ to the surrounding community. You can learn more about Bobby or any of our SCORRE coaches here.