SCP Interview: #2 Pastor Troy Fields

Pastor Troy Fields
Tree of Life Assembly of God
Lexington, MN

What do you enjoy the most about being a pastor? 

Knowing that I am in the center of God’s will.

If you had to pick one thing that you feel is a real strength of your church, what would it be?

We are a family

What are two advantages of the small church?

1.  Much more connected
2.  Easy to mobilize

What will be one of the greatest challenges your church will face this year?

Taking the church out into the community.

How do you hope to address that challenge?

I will be talking about it at the Annual Business Meeting and I will have a sermon series called “Mission 3:16: focussing on the incarnational aspect of God reaching us.

What one thing do you wish your members knew about what it is like being a pastor?

Even when it seems like I am indifferent or even upset, the people of the church completely have my heart

If you had to give one piece of advice to a new pastor just starting out, what would it be?

Everyone says “make sure to take time for your own spiritual growth” or something of that nature, but I would say, “get a friend who has been in the ministry for a significant amount of time and learn everything you can from them.  So much of ministry is on the job training…so find a good trainer.

What are you currently reading?  

I read several things at a time.  “The Day the Revolution Began” by NT Wright, “Enjoying Prayer” by Kevin Senapatiratne, “Manhood Restore” by Erik MAson  and two Commentaries, 1 on First Corinthians (Gordon Fee) 1 on 1 John (Warren Wiersbe)