Dear Friends of the Ministry,
Standing in the middle of the Midian desert, barefoot, staring at a burning bush, Moses cried, “Who shall I tell them sent me?” Leadership is the decisive ground on which everything rises and falls. When I was a young preacher in my early twenties, I preached a message entitled, “The Man, the Message, the Move.” The powerful impact of leadership was clearly revealed to me. In ancient Israel, when God’s people had a good king, all was well with the nation. When they had a bad king, things went poorly for everyone. That’s why Scripture teaches that without a vision people perish (Proverbs 29:18).
The call to leadership is a consistent pattern in the Bible. When God decided to raise up a nation of His own, He didn’t call upon the masses. He called out one leader, Abraham. When He wanted to deliver His people out of Egypt, He didn’t guide them as a group. He raised up a leader to do it, Moses. When it came time for the people to cross into the Promised Land, they followed one man, Joshua. Every time God desires to do something great, He calls a leader to step forward. Today, He still calls leaders to step forward for every great work.
My Appalachian heritage and many life lessons have given me simple, yet extremely beneficial wisdom. And for over forty-four years I have learned from great men and women of God from around the world. Now Tommy Bates Ministries has answered God’s call to serve as a Christ-centered, Biblical covering for leaders. Jesus said it this way, “You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world… Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16). With this covering, we will see Revival and a restoration of the true heartbeat of Christ, which is to bring souls into the Kingdom of Heaven.
I've had the privilege of meeting thousands of pastors, leaders, and various ministers throughout my life. There is one shocking thread of weakness woven into the personality of nearly all of us: the feeling of inadequacy, just not good enough to get the job done. I have resigned in my mind every Monday for years and now it’s about a once a month resignation. Congregations look at me as a super-preacher flying in to the pulpit with confidence, power, the ability to leap high buildings, and faster than a locomotive. But I know what I’ve had to deal with to continue to walk in victory for over four decades. And that is the very reason in my silver haired season of ministry I'm compelled to extend my hand to the plough and bring this fellowship to you. I am totally stirred. I have no intention of pulling back the throttle in these last days. Satan is aware his time is limited. But God has brought each one of us to this point of time and history to IMPACT our world with the message of Jesus.
Full of zeal and faith and love to all of you,
Pastor Tommy Bates