While I am interning at my church, one of our pastors is providing some church-based training in addition to the seminary training I’ll receive. I have created a vitae page that chronicles this training, and I’ve added a few papers I’ve written in the first couple months of the internship.
I work full-time as a privately supported pastoral intern at my church. I am coaching small group leaders and have duties with our small group ministry, but most of my days are consumed with learning. Seminary will “officially” start on August 22 when I begin my first online class through Liberty Theological Seminary. But in reality, “seminary” has already begin. Here are a few things God is teaching me right now:
- Make prayer integral and central to my life and ministry.
- Treasure Jesus, and when you don’t feel it, beg for it.
- Be organized.
- Soak up knowledge, but index it (whether book, article, video, etc) in a way that can be remembered and not just.
- God desires that his Church be shepherded in a certain way as laid out in Scripture.
- I am easily distracted.
- I don’t know everything (even though I can pretend I do).
- A life-long lesson: information should lead to transformation (and that should be the framework for my input).
- The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett
- A Call for Spiritual Reformation by Don Carson
- The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter
- Church Planter by Darrin Patrick
There’s a lot going on in life. If there was a top 5, blogging wouldn’t make the cut. Of course, I’m blogging right now, so I’m making this a priority for the next three minutes. October has been a crazy, long month for us.
Lately, I’ve been raising support to work as a pastoral intern at our church. You can read more about that here. Things are steady with the fundraising, but it is hard to find time and energy some weeks. Two weeks ago, I found out my job with the State of Nebraska is in jeopardy. The State is initiating a layoff plan, and I am not so high on the seniority list. Because of this I’ve been preparing by looking and applying for new jobs. Lastly, Carly and I are moving soon (a complete blessing).
Whew. Talk about a whirlwind month. Would you pray for us?
God is still glorious and majestic. I want to see and experience him for all he is. Everyday.