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Typically, the pastors who came to serve the small church were either older pastors on their way to retirement, or younger pastors needing an entry-point into the pastoral ranks to qualify for a better future assignment.  Few, if any, of the pastors had formal seminary training.  At that time the theology book for pastors was the Bible, and the approach was a quite literalistic interpretation.  To their credit they placed a premium on the Word of God above all other books or sources for doctrine–a heritage that I appreciate and continue to hold.

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