Episode 090

Cartoon Ministry, Serving Schools, & Next Gen Leaders

May 6, 2022

Joe McKeever, a well-known Baptist minister famous for drawing cartoons and caricatures for Baptist publications, has announced his intention to donate his entire archive of cartoons and other works to the John T. Christian Library at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS). As the school year starts to wind down, there are still opportunities for churches to serve schools in their area. And one of the ways churches can reach the next generation is to value the next generation pastor, according to Shane Pruitt of the North American Mission Board.

Transcript

Think all talents can’t be used by God? Joe McKeever, a well-known Baptist minister famous for drawing cartoons and caricatures for Baptist publications, has announced his intention to donate his entire archive of cartoons and other works to the John T. Christian Library at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS).

A two-time graduate of NOBTS, McKeever, 82, will be donating his entire archive featuring thousands of cartoons and caricatures as well as many sermons, articles and posts from his extended ministry career of more than 50 years.

McKeever’s journey of ministry, including his passion for drawing biblically influenced cartoons, goes all the way back to his time as a student at New Orleans in the 1960s.

Even as a young child, McKeever loved drawing and cartoons, but never used them in any ministerial way.

After feeling a call toward ministry as a 21-year-old, he attended NOBTS and learned to combine his passions for art and ministry.

Learn more about his ministry at Joe McKeever.com.

As the school year starts to wind down, there are still opportunities for churches to serve schools in their area. In the rural area of Monticello, Mississippi, the school is one of the largest employers and the school dictates much of the community’s calendar.

Monticello Baptist Church has leaned in made this reality an opportunity to serve.

It’s led to efforts such as providing lunches for teachers and “snack buckets,” where students can receive a reward in class. But partnering with Monticello Elementary’s positive behavior program has left the biggest imprint. Through it, MBC has hosted game days and movies for students who have met positive behavior criteria.

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One of the ways churches can reach the next generation is to value the next generation pastor, according to Shane Pruitt of the North American Mission Board.

In a piece on Baptist Press, Pruitt makes some suggestions on how church can care for a next gen pastor who is serving well.

He encourages churches to love their families.

He says they should be treated like a pastor, not a babysitter.

Pay them like adult, not students.

Protect them from the wolves.

You can read to the full piece by Pruitt at Baptist Press.

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