Episode 87: Is Pastoring a Sustainable Ministry?

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Rob Dupree and Michael Baker are joined by Matt Henslee, Pastor of Mayhill Baptist Church in New Mexico. During their conversation, they discuss the sustainability of pastoring, especially in the church, for years to come.

Best Quotes

“Small churches care about the mission of God and care about cooperating with other churches.”

“Even in the middle of nowhere, if there is somebody there, there is somebody that Jesus died for, and so they matter.”

“There are times that it can feel like small church pastors are overlooked, but to be honest a lot of us are OK with that.”

“God is still doing some of His greatest work in small churches in small towns.”

“At some point you are going to leave, and if you’ve done everything and haven’t been equipping people along the way, the moment you are gone is the moment everything is done.”

“You are not going to sustain in ministry if you are doing it all on your own.”

Matt Henslee was called to serve as pastor of Mayhill Baptist Church on March 12, 2017, and began his preaching ministry there on April 2, 2017. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Church Ministry from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas in August 2006, his Master of Divinity (MDiv) from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in May 2017, and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Church Revitalization from SWBTS. Before being called to MBC, Pastor Matt served in a variety of roles in a variety of contexts for over 20 years.
Matt’s heartbeat is for his local church, everyday evangelism, and encouraging pastors in the trenches of ministry in forgotten places. He lives to see churches grow not just in width, but in depth, as they live out their calling to make disciples. He is married to Rebecca Henslee and they have four daughters they adopted in March 2015, four dogs, and a giant elk head on the wall they named, “Cletus.”

Recommended Resources

Generosity by Lifeway


Replanting Rural Churches by Matt Henslee and Kyle Bueermann

Jonah Over Coffee by Matt Henslee