“Calvin Grads Dominate 2006 Pastors’ Draft”

“Calvin Grads Dominate 2006 Pastors’ Draft”

Never forget to laugh! Here is some great fun from Joel Kilpatrick, founder of Larknews.com. You don’t know about Lark News?  It’s a Christian version of The Onion … so put on your sense of humor to read their version of the news!

COLORADO SPRINGS — Big names and big surprises converged before a nationwide audience at the 2006 Pastors’ Draft on April 27. “I’ve been waiting a long time for this,” said Alvin DeWalt, 26, of Fuller Seminary, pacing his apartment in Pasadena and watching the draft on the Daystar network. His wife had made guacamole, and thirty friends were on hand to see which church picked DeWalt, one of this year’s top ranked prospects. In the first round, Geoff Parsons and Rick Benson, of Westminster and Calvin seminaries respectively, went first, as scouts had predicted they would. Parsons heads to a struggling mid-sized church in Memphis, Tennessee, which had top pick this year. Benson was drafted by a mega-church in Casper, Wyoming, which had traded two mid-career pastors for a higher pick. Both draftees say they are ready to “help their teams.”

Calvin Seminary overall showed surprising strength, placing two dozen graduates at leading churches around the country, plus sending many more to minor league ministries. Of the Big 10 schools, last year’s leaders, Dallas and Asbury, showed less strength. Both call this a “building year” and say their classes of 2007 will be much stronger. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Westminster say they were “pleased” with how many grads they placed in respectable positions.

The mammoth North Shore Christian Church of Reston, Virginia, selected wildcard rookie Pat Jameson, who has struggled with morality issues, but is still considered a major league talent. Jameson, speaking at a press conference wearing a North Shore polo shirt and cap, told reporters he was “ready to make a clean start.”

Church on the Rock (Houston, Texas), known for scooping up mid- and late-career pastors at low salaries and getting impressive results, traded a first-round pick for two associate pastors with “executive pastor potential,” according to a widely respected scouting report.

A number of pastors near retirement entered the free agent market, having been traded for early-career pastors.

“They’ll miss my experience in the pulpit,” says one elderly pastor who was traded for two rookies and a youth pastor.

One highly watched rookie, David Humphreys of Luther Seminary, went lower than expected, due to what many consider unreasonable demands, including an outsized automobile budget and eight weeks of “sabbatical” per year.

DeWalt of Fuller Seminary was picked even higher than he expected by a Florida church which is “transitioning to a purpose-driven model” after years of stagnation. He slumped on the couch, smiling as friends congratulated him.

“I’m just happy it’s over,” he said.


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About the Author:

Joel Kilpatrick
Joel Kilpatrick began his career as a reporter and journalist whose work would eventually be featured in Time magazine, the Washington Post, USA Today, CBS Radio, the Dallas Morning News and dozens of newspapers and magazines. Early in his career he reported from disaster zones and civil wars in seventeen countries and received the first place prize for freelance reporting from the Evangelical Press Association, later becoming a contest judge. He also authored and ghostwrote more than 40 books for leading CEOs, ministers, athletes and doctors, including Don Colbert's New York Times bestselling Seven Pillars of Health. But it is humor writing that brought Joel's work to national attention. One radio report described his writing as "pithy Christian satire on par with the irreverence of Saturday Night Live and The Onion." His website, LarkNews.com, earned the Christian industry's top honor, the Grady Nutt Humor Award, during Dove Awards week in Nashville in 2005 and made Joel the subject of profiles in Christianity Today and leading secular magazines. "I always loved humor, but the popularity of LarkNews surprised me," he says. "I didn't realize how much God and other people like funny stuff. I launched it as a hobby and it promptly consumed my career." Joel discovered comedy in boyhood, growing up among Jesus freaks at Bethel Church in Redding, California. He traveled often with his father, singer-songwriter Bob Kilpatrick, to countless churches, camps and crusades around the world.