Tim Shorey was recently installed as our Regional Leader with Sovereign Grace Ministries. What follows is a short interview with him from the Sovereign Grace blog.
What local church do you pastor?
I am one of the elders of Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where Jared Mellinger is senior pastor. I serve in a variety of ways in a support role as I share my time with Sovereign Grace.
How long have you been a pastor?
I became a senior pastor in 1982 when I was 23 years old and have served in pastoral ministry (in one role or another) ever since.
How long have you been a part of Sovereign Grace?
Our church, Trinity Fellowship Church in Toms River, New Jersey (now pastored by Steve Cassarino, Tim Bowditch, and Scott Stengele) was adopted into SG in 2005. We had been in fellowship with SG for about six years previously. This transition served our church in ways it may never fully realize and has been a blessing to my wife, Gayline, and me in ways we can never adequately express.
Which churches are in your region?
I’m privileged to serve the northeast region which includes around 20 churches located from northern Virginia to Toronto and from Massachusetts to Ohio.
What is your vision for your region?
I carry a burden to see our churches bound together with relational ties deeper and missional bonds stronger than ever before. In the northeast, we have great opportunities to plant a diversity of churches given our region’s diversity. We have rural and urban contexts that call for massive mission-minded vision. It is easy to see how we could—with the help of God who makes things happen—plant numerous churches with strong regionally-based partnership behind them.
I’m also concerned to build teams—with a robust bivocational presence—in our churches. Recent events have revealed the need for stronger shared leadership and an expansion of our vision to draw gifted and called men who are already in our congregations into local leadership. I am also eager to help our churches help each other and to build into every one of our churches a sense of ownership for the larger mission and partnership. Since I believe not only that the SG exists for the planting and building of local churches, but also that local churches exist for the larger mission of a partnership of churches, I am anxious to see this value instilled and owned deeply in all our churches.
We also are aiming to multiply regions by increasing churches and equipping leaders for these regions. We hope to multiply our current region into two or three within the next couple of years, as God enables.
What are the pastors in your region excited about?
The guys in the northeast have a history of pretty radical church planting vision. The guys in New England have a vision that is exciting for that needy area (my old stomping grounds), with a couple new plants on the horizon. I hear similar rumblings all over my region with virtually every guy I talk to having a serious desire to plant more churches. I also sense an exciting fresh vision for the world and for unreached peoples. It’s not hard to envision teams of globally-minded church planters emerging from our churches in the next few years. Exciting times indeed!
The guys in the northeast are excited about recent changes in SG as well and are engaged in the process and polity in a way the encourages me to think that very good, very productive days are before us. It’s a fine group of men—several dozen elders in all—who are moving forward together on mission. I love doing ministry with these guys and being able to stand side by side with them.