I'm Not Dying In The Pulpit (featuring Dr. Toney Parks)
Life After MinistryApril 23, 2024x
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I'm Not Dying In The Pulpit (featuring Dr. Toney Parks)


In this conversation, Pastor Toney Parks shares his journey from an unlikely candidate to becoming a pastor and his experiences growing up in Birmingham. He discusses the influence of Martin Luther King Jr. and the importance of community in the black church. Pastor Parks reflects on his 32 years of pastoring a church and the decision to retire. He emphasizes the need for pastors to prepare for retirement and shares his own plans for life after ministry.


  • The black church has played a significant role in the African American community, providing a sense of family and community.
  • Pastors in the black community often retire later in life or die in the pulpit due to various factors such as financial constraints and fear of the unknown.
  • Retiring from ministry requires careful planning and preparation, both financially and emotionally.
  • There is life after ministry, and retired pastors can continue to serve and make a difference in their communities through teaching and mentoring.


00:00 - Introduction and Purpose of the Conference
01:40 - Unlikely Candidate to Pastor
03:07 - Encountering Jesus and Growing Up in Birmingham
07:45 - Influence of Martin Luther King Jr.
11:31 - Pastoring a Church for 32 Years
23:57 - Retiring from Ministry
29:39 - Life After Ministry
38:33 - Preparing for Retirement
46:33 - Closing Remarks