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Training Preachers: A Lesson From William Tennent

February 5, 2009

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One of the greatest stories from Church History is the story of William Tennent. William Tennent was an Irish-born, Edinburgh-educated, Presbyterian Minister who came to the American Colonies in 1718. During this time he was known to have planted at least 3 churches in the New England States. After years of great success, his age no longer allowed him to travel the distance required to preach at his churches. William Tennent would no longer be able to plant churches, but he would be able to plant preachers. In the fall of 1726, Tennent started a school. But it wasn’t to be an ordinary school.

This was not to be a school where exams were taken on pieces of paper; instead, it was designed to prepare his students to endure in the work of the ministry. William Tennent had a vision to mentor young preachers in the skill of preaching. The place in which they met was called the “Log College”–a ragged, one-room log cabin located in the hills of Pennsylvania. No heat. No wi-fi. Just a lot of zeal. The Log College was not its original name. The name was actually a derogatory title given to it by the educated elite ministers of England, who chided Tennent for endeavoring to train poor, unfit, uneducated farm boys, who were considered by most unsuitable for the ministry.

But Tennent didn’t think so. Over a period of 20 years, William Tennent took dozens of these young farm boys and spiritually and intellectually poured his life into them, training them in the ancient languages and giving them a zeal for souls. When the time came, these men were ready. At the crest of the Great Awakening—that spiritual revival that swept across the American colonies—these young men were sent out burning with a passion to convert sinners from the power of Satan to the power of God. Every one of them risked their lives and labored faithfully to convince their hearers of their ruined condition, and of the necessity of a thorough conversion from sin. By the time it was over, William would also have sent out four of his own sons. Combined, these young men created such an impact in Great Awakening that George Whitfield, who spearheaded the Revival, commented on the lasting influence these young men had on the Revival.

These young men may be said to have lived fast. They did much for their Lord in a short time. Being burning as well as shining lights, they were themselves consumed while they gave light to others. Oh that a race of ministers – like-minded, burning with a consuming zeal – might be raised up in every generation.

Many of these young men went on to spend the rest of their lives on horseback, riding nearly 100 miles a week and preaching nearly twice a day. They endured malaria, fatigue, hostility and the incurable, looming disease of depression . . . all for the sake of the gospel. As a result of their intense labor in the vineyard, most of them did not live past the age of 40.

Because of the Log College and the vision of William Tennent, their ministries not only endured but prospered throughout their lifetime.

It has been said that it is certain that few, if any, of those young men who were brought forward to the work of the ministry could ever have endured had it not been for the mentoring of William Tennent.


That is the kind of mentality and thriving ministry young men our age had 200 years ago.


Several lessons can be learned from this

  • William Tennent was a church planter; he not only trained his students in the original language, but he himself was a model for his students
  • A partnership between the old and the young–between Tennent and his students–resulted in a powerful weapon for the gospel that spread the wake of revival

We need William Tennents in our day. We need Log Colleges. We need both the seminaries and the training of a seasoned pastor who has endured both the triumphs and the failures of the pulpit. We need pastors who are willing to take a young, passionate preacher and release him towards a Kingdom target.

That’s why we are encouraged to hear of schools like Sovereign Grace’s Pastors College started by C.J. Mahaney, or the long anticipated Bethlehem Institute started by John Piper. These are the present-day Log Colleges. We need more. We need these to start up in our own churches. We need pastors with a vision to train up the warriors in their own church and prepare them to do battle in the pulpit. We need the young men of our day to see the value of rigorous, seminary training with the hands-on experience of a local pastor.

  • Is there a William Tennent in your church?
  • What is the value of having both a theological and practical education?
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“Timothy” Blogs

November 21, 2008

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We are simply proponents of an idea, that we believe is biblical, and hope to be a tool in the reform of the way ministers are raised up in the Church.  There are many “Timothys” out there who have been practicing the concepts that we advocate for a longer amount of time and with more consistency than us, and we want to promote their success.  We are a few of many “Timothys”, and we are simply serving as a mouthpiece for the many.


Simply put, we want your blog.  We want your voice.  Add your blog to our new “Timothy” blog roll!


If you blog, and you are a “Timothy” who is engaging in mentorship, theological education, pre-eldership ministry and the development of character as preparation for leadership in tomorrow’s Church, we want to promote your blog.

Or, if you are not a “Timothy” per say, but are an ardent supporter of the Paul & Timothy concept (and you blog about it!), we want to promote your blog.

Simply comment in response to this post and we will add you to the new “Timothy” blog roll.  To view our mission page, click here.

Preach The Word :: The Paul and Timothy Guys

October 9, 2008

As young men who are in the midst of beginning families studying the Word of God (whether in an academic manner or in our own personal study), we do know that we want to preach the Gospel! We know that we have been commanded by God to preach the Word and do the work of an evangelist (2 Tim 4:2-5), to guard sound doctrine closely (1 Tim 1:3; 4:16), to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim 6:12) and to not let anyone look down on us because we are young, but to set as an example for believers in speech, life, love, faith and purity (1 Tim 4:12). We want to see the future Church of Jesus Christ filled with Bible-loving, doctrine-guarding, Christ-exalting, sheep-loving wolf-killing elders.


We Want to Begin Preparing Now for Then


We want to call our generation to join with us in preparing to become elders in the Church of Jesus Christ, whether in America or in a distant land to an un-reached people. We want young preachers to arise in the pulpit. We want young Timothy’s to set out and plant churches. We want Timothy’s to give their lives to a foreign people in a foreign land. We want to come under well-trained, seasoned men of God who have wisdom beyond our ministry experience and train us in their ways. We want to fan into flame the gift God has given us and have that gift tested, approved and sharpened by older men. We want to help move our generation to, what we believe, is a Paul and Timothy model of mentoring.


And We Know We’re Not Alone.


We know you’re out there. We know we’re not the only ones who have this desire. We know God is in the process raising up a remnant that loves Christ, loves His Word and loves His sheep. So, we want to hear from you in order to gather together and move as one towards the goal of preparing to become elders for the future Church of Jesus Christ. Tell us your situation.  Tell us the calling you’ve received. Join the movement.

Preach the Word.