Fresh from the Pulpit
Efird also has served numerous congregations as an interim pastor. What he learns in those churches, he shares with the future pastors in his classroom.
While he doesn’t consider himself a “frontline” minister in the day-to-day struggle of leading a congregation, Efird has a sense of what laity ask, and what they expect, and tailors his coursework to reflect these realities.
“Mickey Efird is an excellent teacher and communicator,” says Dean L. Gregory Jones. “He has made a significance difference for generations of people—divinity and Course of Study students and lay people. He continues to be a blessing in extraordinary ways.” Efird has taught many who have gone on to be United Methodist bishops and district superintendents.
Asked what might be on the plaque that will one day grace the Efird classroom, he joked: “You pays your money and you makes your choice.”
But he then offered a passage from the Wisdom of Ben Sira, “As long as there is breath in you, do not allow anyone to take your place.”
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