Baptist Temple in Ft. Worth, TX, is going through a bittersweet time right now. Our pastor of nearly 20 years, Bro. Mickey Hollars, resigned as pastor on August 6th. There is nothing wrong; nothing has happened to make him leave. For about 3 years he has been praying about moving on to another ministry. He has felt during that time that he has brought our church as far as he could, and it was time to move. This has been a matter of prayer for the entire 3 years, and he has just now gotten the assurance from the Lord that now is the time. He will be joining the staff of Champion Baptist College in Hot Springs, Arkansas, under the ministry of Bro. Eric Capaci and Gospel Light Baptist Church. Knowing Bro. Mickey as we do, we know that this decision was made neither hurriedly nor lightly. We love him and support him 100%, and wish him God's richest blessings as he enters this new ministry.
Yesterday was the the farewell service for Bro. Mickey. We listened online to many of our brothers and sisters there give testimonies about what he has meant to them and their families. Some shared fond memories, which made us laugh and cry. He was our family's pastor for 16 years, so we shared many of those memories. Bro. Mickey is a humble, unassuming man, but at the same time not afraid to preach right down the line of Scripture. He stands for soulwinning, the King James Bible, separation, purity, and dedication to the Lord. He is an excellent pastor and teacher, a man of compassion and forgiveness. We sure will miss having him as our pastor!
Over the years we picked up some of his sayings:
"Soulwinning is everything."
"It doesn't matter where you are as much as which direction you're headed."
"That's what the Bible says . . . you can like it, lump it, bump it, dump it . . ."
"There's always room to improve."
"Hurry up! Jesus is coming!"
"We'll rest when we get to Heaven! There's work to be done!"
"Don't bring someone else's higher standard down to your lower standard."
"God will not do for you what you can do for yourself."
"Everybody is somebody!"
"I want to burn out for Jesus!"
"Make up your mind that you're going to serve Jesus."
"Wouldn't it be nice if the Bible meant what it said?" (This with sarcasm, of course)
"Come here and let me show you something." (This was when he needed a job done)
"Raise your hand." (This when he needed a volunteer - and you were it!)
Our church family will begin hearing pastoral candidates this Wednesday night. Please pray for them as they choose their next pastor. There's sadness over losing Bro. Mickey, but there's great excitement over what God is doing at Baptist Temple! We plan to remain missionaries of Baptist Temple, with no change in our status there. We're looking forward to getting to know our new pastor and plan to support him just as strongly as we have Bro. Mickey.