|Fender Chapel Baptist Church|
During the short time we were at Fender Chapel, we were joined by other young couples: Hortons, Vandalls, Lansdowns and Guffeys to name a few. Amazingly, out of our little group of families came five pastors and at least two church staff members. Looking back, what a sweet season of life that was! Rachel and I reflect on that time with great fondness, and treasure the friendships we made.
We didn't realize it at the time, but Fender Chapel - a church that ran 40-50 people on a really good Sunday - was serving as an incubator for gospel ministers. We all grew in the Lord there, and learned many valuable lessons. Never think God can't use small churches in big ways; He can! Never think God doesn't have a purpose for small churches; He does!
May there always be healthy "Fender Chapels" found across the landscape of the Southern Baptist Convention. These churches play a vital role in making disciples and raising up leaders. We need them! I thank God for the role Fender Chapel played in my life.