The idea of a Log College Ministry is about one minister (or several ministers) in one location training the next generation of ministers for a local area. In the early church, the apostle Paul taught every day in Ephesus for two years and “all who lived in Asia Minor heard the word of the Lord” (Acts 19:0-10). Similarly, in colonial America, middle-aged William Tennent, Sr. (d. 1746) taught over twenty men in a log cabin less than 400 square-feet in size and most of America felt the effects of this contribution to the Great Awakening. Eventually, this “Log College” became Princeton College and Seminary in New Jersey. According to Archibald Alexander, the founder of the seminary, “The Presbyterian church is probably not more indebted for her prosperity, and for the evangelical spirit which has generally pervaded her body, to any individual than to the elder Tennent. Some men accomplish much more by those whom they educate than by their own personal labors” (The Log College [reprint of 1846 ed., Birmingham, AL: Solid Ground Christian Books, n. d.], 22, emphasis added).
At Countryside Bible Church, we hope in the Lord Jesus to supply ministers to our local area and to fulfill the mandate given to us as pastors: “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). Admittedly, our Log College is small, but we have been taught in the Spirit not to despise “the day of small things,” if the Lord is in it (Zechariah 4:10; cf. Psalm 127:1). The following notes come from Bob Snyder, one of the pastors of the church and a teacher at our Log College Ministry. He holds degrees in pastoring and church history.