Pentecostal Deja vu

Paul and Marian went off as a combination to… Wait a minute, I’ve been here before!

It’s been a few years since Robbie Coltrane’s B-Road Britain filmed me in my guise as ‘the faster pastor’ when I took a biker’s service in a pentecostal church. It’s also been quite a while since I heard tongues and interpretation in a meeting too, not to mention some great old hymns with all the bravado of a Bavarian beer festival. Yes, where else can all this be found at 6:30pm on a Sunday other than Burton Moor Street? Good to be back.

Robbie Coltrane discussing his visit with Jonathan Ross. That is me with my Burton pulpit in the background.

The congregation have spent a lot putting in two balconies with a good 120 or so extra seats and launching a whole new building across the road, so good in fact it won an award for best new facilities in Burton. The sister congregation at nearby Princess Street is often a full house and all this with just one solitary full-time pastor. How he does it, I’ll never know. When Rob Styles took the reigns the church had 120 less seats and probably one-quarter the floor space, yet despite such growth he still doesn’t even have a secretary! The elders play their part, the members and various groups, but nonetheless I know of no other church in England, nor in fact the whole UK, with so many activities, that size of a congregation and only one man employed. Hats off to Pastor Rob Styles!

Gerry the Elder. Swallowed a bible at birth and filled with the Holy Ghost to boot!

With Rob as the pastor there can be no doubt the folk in Moor Street know the Gospel inside out and with elders like Gerry bible knowledge is far from rare too. Neither the elders, members or Rob have caved into trends and fads as they prefer instead to stand firm on what they know to be true, that the Gospel must be preached, the Word must be taught and the Lord uplifted high. All this makes preaching in Burton is a wee bit scary, well it would be when Gerry, who has clearly swallowed a  bible, leads the service and even the Sunday School kids seem to know their stuff! Equally, it is an honour, for in a room with so many knowledgable people you don’t take it for granted when asked to preach. Mind you, as I look around at the sheer scale of the operation how Pastor Rob carries on with no staff at all I’ll never know, a lesser man (read normal man) would have been carried off! Someday Burton will have the staff to match the facilities and when that day comes those balconies will be full!

If you are a capable associate pastor, evangelist, secretary or administrator please apply to Burton Moor Street Church for a job asap, Pastor Rob needs you all, now!

After the service tonight Irene the Burtonian gave Marian some flowers. How thoughtful!


About Paul Sinclair

Paul Sinclair, often referred to as The Faster Pastor, has 30 years proven ministry as a pastor, speaker, published author and writer. His wife Marian is from Ghana and has been a minister in song for as many years. When Marian sings… expect an anointing!
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