CLOVIS (BNM) - Baptist Convention of New Mexico President Jared Bridge delivered the President’s Address during the Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 22) session of the BCNM Annual Meeting at Central Baptist Church, Clovis.

During his address, Bridge challenged New Mexico Baptists to "trust in the Lord,” echoing the theme of the Annual Meeting. “As I chose this theme, I thought about the Good Shepherd. He’s the one we can put our trust in,” Bridge said. Bridge shared his testimony as a former youth pastor and current church planter, pointing to specific moments in his ministry and life where he trusted in the Lord, despite uncertainty.

According to Bridge, early in his ministry, he met a panhandler and was soon introduced to her husband. Bridge and his congregation at Anchor Church, Albuquerque, began to support the couple and help them get back on their feet. He emphasized his trust in the Lord throughout his relationship with the couple. Bridge also spoke on the duty pastors and others in ministry have regarding shepherding their flocks.

Preaching from 2 Kings 22-24 and Ezekiel 34, Bridge admonished pastors who abuse their roles, saying, “There are some in leadership who are getting fat off of the ones they are supposed to be leading. “Your church might have ordained you and invited you to be their pastor, but the last time I checked John 10:10, we are the sheep, and He is the shepherd,” Bridge said.

Editor's note: Listen to Jared Bridge's full president's address at listen.bcnm.com.

Daniel Porter is a staff writer with the Baptist New Mexican news journal and GoBNM.com, news and information outlets for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

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