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Balancing Family Life and Ministry

Monday, June 15, 2020 | Guest: Joe and Becky Fant |

What does a church expect of its pastor? When a younger man follows an older man in the pastorate, this may create tension between a pastor and his church. Younger pastors, who are in a different season of life, have a God-ordained responsibility to train their young children. Older pastors whose children are no longer at home are usually more available for ministry. Listen as Marshall and Gretchen Fant discuss this topic with their son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Becky Fant. Joe Fant pastors Community Baptist Church in South Bend, IN, and he and Becky have four children (ages 2, 4, 6, and 8). This episode is for church leaders, church members, pulpit committees as well as pastors. 

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About the host

Dr. Marshall Fant


Dr. Marshall Fant is focused on strengthening the American church through church consulting and revitalization, the interim pastor ministry, and church planting. Dr. Fant has 21 years of experience as a pastor and 20 years of experience as a business owner. Dr. Fant earned a D.Min. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Bob Jones University, and a B.S. in administrative management from Clemson University. He is certified as a church consultant with the Society for Church Consulting. He is available to meet with pastors and church leadership at their church or by phone. Marshall and Gretchen have been married since 1981 and have five grown children and twelve grandchildren.