19 year old Senior Pastor in Alabama

He’s just 19, the Courtney Meadows has been preaching since he was six.

And now he’s the senior pastor at First Missionary Baptist Church in White Hall, AL.

Take a look at the story here.

So… is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Is 19 TOO young for this type of position?  Why or why not?




  • Mark Triplett July 11, 2013 Reply

    As a preacher/speaker, 19 is probably not too young, but I can’t imagine any 19 year-old having the maturity to be a senior pastor. There’s a lot more to being a pastor than just preaching.

  • Matthew Rathbun July 11, 2013 Reply

    I’m not one to out God in a box either way. My sinful nature would probably prevent me from attending a church where the Senior Pastor didn’t have enough life experience to relate.

    However, this kid may reach a demographic that is quickly disappearing from the church.

  • James July 11, 2013 Reply

    My only question would be how has this young man been mentored? Who were the mature “ones” in his life to guide, encourage, instruct, scrutinize and be able to speak into his life when needed.
    It’s probably very controversial, but I have to remember that some of the Jesus’ twelve were probably about that age. Peter, perhaps, being the oldest but they would have been around their early 20’s maybe late teens when they followed Jesus.
    Good question and a lot to think about.
    Personally I would prefer someone a little more seasoned in life’s experiences. However, this congregation seems to trust the leaderships decision. And that can also open up a whole new can of worms.

  • Jeff Ruble July 11, 2013 Reply

    This is a sticky wicky subject. Paul told Timothy not to let anyone despies his youth. But to be put in as senior pastor seems a little much to me. But then who am I to say anything about what is Gods plan.

  • jpcase01 July 11, 2013 Reply

    Josiah was 8 so what’s the big deal? Seems like you’re just trying to get things stirred up Todd..

  • Spica July 12, 2013 Reply

    What bothers me even more: he began preaching at 6 and became a licensed minister at 9 !?!

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