Dr. Jonathan Hayashi became a Christian at age 16 when he heard and responded to the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Moody Bible Institute with a double concentration in Pastoral Ministry and Biblical Studies, a Master of Arts (M.A), in Congregational Leadership from Moody Theological Seminary, and Doctorate of Educational Ministry in Biblical Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jonathan has assisted Southern Baptist life in various local, state and national roles. He presently serves on the Executive Committee at Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO) and serves on the Board of Trustees at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jonathan served as Senior Pastor at Northern Hills Baptist Church Holt, Missouri from 2020-2022, Worship Pastor at Troy First Baptist Church in Troy, Missouri form 2015-2020, and as Assistant Pastor at Uptown Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois form 2011-2015.
Outside of pastoral ministry, Jonathan is a contributor for the bi-weekly journal Pathway (Missouri Baptist Convention). He also served as a commissioner for the Missouri Commission of Human Rights and was the vice chairman for 2021. He has been fortunate to publish articles for various websites, several scholarship journal articles, book review, and his doctoral dissertation. He is the author of Ordinary Radicals: A Return to Christ-Centered Discipleship and Making Lemonade: Turning Past Failures into Gospel Opportunities.
He and his wife, Kennedi, have four children: Kaede, Seiji, Anna, and Ren.
Over the past decade or so, I have been in the second chair and now in the first chair and can see from both perspectives. Without the proper three C’s, teams can be frustrated, apathetic, or even chaotic at times.
As I look back at my bible college days and seminary years, “Context, context, context!” is crucial! Context is not just King, but is the Queen, Jack, and Spade and all! A text without a context is with a pretext.
One day when you are older and your children have started their own families and have moved to another place, or when your friends become elderly and pass away, your wife is the one who will still be right at your side.
Jay Adam is known as the one who began the resurgence and championing the biblical counseling movement. His book, “Competent to Counsel” published in 1970 had revolutionized the way I have approached counseling with the supremacy of God’s Word (Scripture alone).
Baptism is a wonderful and easy way to remember the outline for a powerful new life that Christ has for us. How are we supposed to live for Christ day by day? How can we break sin habits? How can we put the past behind us and live a new life?
People from all walks of life will often ask one or more of the following metaphysical questions: Why should I believe the Bible? Is there salvation outside of Christianity? How do we know that God exists? Given evil, how can one justify God?
The Great Awakening divided New England Congregationalism into New Light which was known as the (pro-revival) and Old Light also known as (anti-revival) wings. Jonathan Edwards and Charles Chauncy battled over the truth.
Lately, I have had an opportunity to pull back from all the busy activities of ministry and to simply stop, reflect, and think. Here are three lessons I’ve learned about leadership over the past 10 years.