BATAVIA, N.Y.—A pastor’s most iconic and visible form of ministry is probably that of pulpit ministry. Pastor Don Shirk, a seasoned pastor and RBP author, is taking teaching beyond the pulpit. Shirk utilizes speaking engagements across the country to teach others about important topics that Christians face.
Recently he and his wife, Claudia, spoke at the 2015 Couples’ Retreat of the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches. Having been married for 36 years, they were well-qualified to speak to the 80 couples about marriage. IARBC State Representative Tim Capon says, “It was a very special time of fellowship and encouragement from the Word of God from Pastor Don Shirk.”
This adds to a growing list of Shirk’s speaking engagements. Shirk also speaks on cremation, a topic he has investigated carefully. At the 2013 GARBC Conference he led the workshop “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust . . . Does Cremation Really Matter?” And more recently he spoke on the topic at Calvary Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant, Iowa. His speaking engagements aren’t limited to church groups. In 2013, he spoke about cremation to nearly 100 people at a workshop sponsored by a local funeral home.
In addition to writing on a variety of topics for the Baptist Bulletin, Shirk has written the RBP men’s Bible studies Men at Church and A Man and His Time. He is also a contributing author to Regular Baptist Books’ anthology The Pastor: A Guide for God’s Faithful Servant.