Posted by: Robin Foster | January 10, 2008

A Galatians 3:28 Leader

Upon request from a commentator, I will repost some of what I took down on my post concerning Peter Lumpkins. What he accomplished in his last pastorate is truly remarkable and deserves to be seen for reasons other than why it was originally posted. It amazing what God can do through a servant who is surrendered to His will.

What if I told you of a pastor who came to a church that had a Christian academy in a community that had already experienced a thorough transition from being a mostly white rural area to a community where the white population numbered around 50% or so. What if I told you the congregation was mostly white and the academy had already become about 70% black with hardly any African Americans on faculty. What if I also told you that one of the first things this pastor did was to fill faculty positions with qualified African American educators, lead to the placement of the first African American on the School Board, and led the church to adopt as part of their vision statement that they would be a ‘Church of all Nations’.

What if I told you that when the Lord moved this man to a new ministry, the staff had transitioned to a healthy situation where 50% or more were African American and left the school with goals for when openings occurred, to seek qualified African American senior administrators to fill those positions. What if I told you that did occur and now because of this pastor’s vision the church now has an Executive Pastor of Education who is a noted African American educator and minister in Georgia.

If I told you all those things, you and I would applaud this man as a Galatians 3:28 leader who tore down the walls of prejudice and racism in order to reach his changing community for Christ.

Dr. Lumpkins would be the first to tell you that it was God who did all of this. Peter was only allowed to participate in God’s plan for the church and the Christian academy he was set as a steward over. May we all gain a greater grasp of the gospel, as Peter did, and realize that regardless of skin color, position in life, gender or heritage we are all one in Christ.

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Responses

  1. Robin,

    Thanks, my brother, for the warm words. I trust our Lord, in being pleased to mightily work and tear down ethnic walls during those days I was honored to be a part of that ministry, no less replicates, for anyone, the same miraculous power to remove racial barriers and rebuild stronger relationships within their own sphere of service. Raw faith and sheer patience are key.

    Grace. With that, I am…

    Peter

  2. If this is so, then why are Mr. Lumpkins’ comments all over the blogosphere so arrogant and nasty? Why can’t he show his ‘love’ for others on the blogosphere? All I know about him from reading his comments is that he could never teach me. Why was he so disrespectful to Pastor Dwight…even though his comment was not racists, it was down right nasty and unnecessary. Telling him he would NEVER get an answer to his question!

    With that I am

    Marcel.

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