David Bennett has been a pastor for the Church of Christ (3rd and Kilgore) for eight and half years.
Why did you choose to be a pastor? From the time I was twelve years old it is all I ever wanted to do. It probably had to do with my upbringing. It also had to do with a literal call from God. When I was twelve I knew I wanted to preach and I made that known to everyone around me. My high school graduation present from my home church was full support through seminary. After I finished I began preaching. It’s my passion. It’s all I ever wanted to do and I never considered doing anything else.
What is your favorite part of the job? The people. I love preaching and preaching involves people. My talent lies in relating to people and preaching out of our relationship. I found that people will respect you and listen to almost anything you say if they genuinely know that you love them.
What is the most important thing that your congregation members can do to help you? They are already doing it. I just ask that they be responsive to the work of the Spirit. We really are concentrating on spiritual renewal and formation and if each member will simply have the word of the Spirit in them and be transformed into the likeness of Christ it would make my job very easy.
What is your favorite scripture and why? Today, Titus 3:3-8 really touches my heart. It talks about how we are saved by the work of God not on the basis of works in which we have done in righteousness, but that by His mercy and His grace we are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? My wife. Simply because she is my best friend. I suppose I should want to sit down and eat with Jesus. In a sense we already do that. I look forward to being in His presence, but, considering relationships of people that I know, there is no one that I would rather sit down and eat with but her. So, I get to do that all the time.
What is my favorite food? Beef fajitas. I love them.
What is your favorite book? I really like The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster because of the spiritual formation that is in it. It’s one book that I keep returning to and reading regularly.
If you could solve any one of the worlds problems, what would it be and why? It would be the difficulty of knowing God. Not in ones own personal sense but in coming to know Him on His terms and in His way. Doing so, in my opinion, would solve all the other problems. We’d take care of hunger. We’d take care of war. We would take care of the things that divide us if we could simply grasp God, who He is and what He is about.