Pastors called to do ‘intentional leaders,’ use gifts wisely


Pensacola pastor Ted Traylor worked in his family’s grocery store as a boy, and when he answered the call to ministry, his mother gave him some sage advice.

“She said, ‘We’re in the people business at the IGA. If you can sell green beans here, you can share the gospel in your church.’ She told me I needed to work on having a good relationship with people in order to be a good pastor, and she was correct,” he shared.

Traylor, pastor of the Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, for nearly 32 years, spoke at the Intentional Leader Conference hosted by the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions in Prattville on July 26. He used Malachi 2:6 as his text and said he was inspired by Jonathan Edwards, who had the verse posted on the wall of his church in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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