This week's installment of “What's on Your Mind?” is with Dr. R. Robert Creech. Dr. Creech is a Professor at Baylor University and Co-Author of “The Leader's Journey.” In addition, he spent twenty-two years as the Senior Pastor of University Baptist Church in Houston, TX. Join me for a moment as we gain some insight on Dr. Creech.
1. What big issues or concepts are you currently thinking about or working on?
The biggest issue on my mind currently is the question of how best to prepare pastors for a future church whose form and context are so unpredictable.
2. What book are you reading right now and what are you learning from it?
I'm reading Pastoral Theology: Essentials of Ministry by Thomas C. Oden. Oden argues that the best way to prepare for ministry in a postmodern era is to look back to the foundations of Scripture and the Church's experience, especially in its first five hundred years.
3. Other than the Bible, what book has been the most foundational for your ministry?
That's a tough question. I'm going to go with Eugene Peterson's The Contemplative Pastor. Besides its own content, that book introduced me to Peterson as a pastoral thinker, to Wendell Berry, and to the practice of spiritual direction. All of these have proven foundational to me.
4. Where do you go to explore new ideas? What kind of environments inspire you?
I find new ideas generated often when I'm seated on my John Deere lawn tractor mowing the three acres around our house at “the farm” in Floresville, Texas.
5. Just for fun: what’s your favorite coffeehouse beverage?
I get black, bold, brewed coffee almost every time — no room, no sugar, no flavors. Just beans and water.