About Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58

Rich Beyond Measure (Psalm 119:72)

The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Psalm 119:72 Once in a while a story will hit the news about a person who lived their entire life on a rather meager amount of money, only to find that they had always had in their possession things [...]

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Elder Qualifications – Holding Fast the Faithful Word, Part 3

…holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. Titus 1:9 (emphasis mine) Another reason the elder must be “holding fast the faithful word” is so he can “refute those who contradict.” This is [...]

By |2022-03-21T12:38:17-06:00April 13th, 2022|Blog, Elder Qualifications|Comments Off on Elder Qualifications – Holding Fast the Faithful Word, Part 3

The Benefits of Affliction (Psalm 119:71)

It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. Psalm 119:71 When our life circumstances become difficult, it is easy to lose our spiritual perspective. We spend more time focused on the circumstances rather than the God of the circumstances. The psalmist has learned to benefit from the afflictions [...]

By |2022-03-21T19:23:24-06:00April 11th, 2022|Devotions|Comments Off on The Benefits of Affliction (Psalm 119:71)

Elder Qualifications – Holding Fast the Faithful Word, Part 2

…holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. Titus 1:9 (emphasis mine) In the previous article we addressed the need for the elder to be well-versed in the Scriptures. He needs to know [...]

By |2022-03-21T12:29:47-06:00April 6th, 2022|Blog, Elder Qualifications|Comments Off on Elder Qualifications – Holding Fast the Faithful Word, Part 2

A Sensitive Heart (Psalm 119:70)

Their heart is covered with fat, but I delight in Your law. Psalm 119:70 The previous verse described the psalmist’s enemies as the arrogant who speak lies against him. This verse further describes these enemies as those with hearts that are “covered with fat.” The idea in the Hebrew is that their hearts are dull [...]

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Elder Qualifications – Holding Fast the Faithful Word, Part 1

…holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. Titus 1:9 (emphasis mine) The relationship an elder has with the word of God is paramount. To hold fast means to cling to and be [...]

By |2022-03-21T12:30:06-06:00March 30th, 2022|Blog, Elder Qualifications|Comments Off on Elder Qualifications – Holding Fast the Faithful Word, Part 1

Facing Opposition (Psalm 119:69)

The arrogant have forged a lie against me; with all my heart I will observe Your precepts. Psalm 119:69 Consider what the proud are willing to do to those they despise. They will not hesitate to speak lies in order to discredit believers. Believers can easily become frustrated, angry, and/or distraught when they face such [...]

By |2022-03-21T12:58:46-06:00March 28th, 2022|Devotions|Comments Off on Facing Opposition (Psalm 119:69)

Elder Qualifications – Self-controlled

…but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled… Titus 1:8 (emphasis mine) To be self-controlled is to practice restraint. It can relate to physical desires: But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 1 Corinthians 7:9 A successful athlete must [...]

By |2022-03-21T11:34:51-06:00March 23rd, 2022|Blog, Elder Qualifications|Comments Off on Elder Qualifications – Self-controlled

God Is Always Good (Psalm 119:68)

You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes. Psalm 119:68 Having a proper perspective of the character of God is essential if we are going to live in appropriate submission to Him. Many people look at this sin-cursed world and derive their concept of God based on their personal circumstances. When they believe [...]

By |2022-03-21T11:23:44-06:00March 21st, 2022|Devotions|Comments Off on God Is Always Good (Psalm 119:68)

Elder Qualifications – Devout

…but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled… Titus 1:8 (emphasis mine) To be devout is to be holy, pious, pleasing to God. Paul uses this same word when instructing men to pray: Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension. 1 Timothy [...]

By |2022-03-15T07:49:10-06:00March 16th, 2022|Blog, Elder Qualifications|Comments Off on Elder Qualifications – Devout

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