On July 1-5, I participated in the 2015 Triennial Conference. The theme of the Triennial was, “Sent,” and we focused on how the Missional nature of God can permeate everything we are as followers of Christ and servants in God’s mission. It was a fantastic event.
As I begin my service as Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Sioux Falls Seminary, 1 Peter 4:10 reminds me that whatever strengths and abilities I bring to my new role are for one overarching purpose: to serve others. That service is the key to what our seminary is all about.
1 Peter 4:10 encourages each of us to use whatever gifts we have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. I have had the privilege to interact with hundreds of Sioux Falls Seminary students in the last decade.
We are blessed through the faithful stewardship of volunteers who share their time and talent to help us live out our kingdom calling. Our volunteers bless the lives of seminary students and community members by using whatever gifts they have received to honor God.
On June 30, I officially retire as Academic Vice President and Dean and Professor of Homiletics and Christian Ministry at our seminary. While I have been here, I have sought to use my gifts of teaching and administration to help our students prepare for service.
We honor George W. Lang. He passed away June 4, 2015, at the age of 86. We are thankful for your service to God and his kingdom and for the impact you made in the lives of so many. Lenore and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Visitation is this evening, June 5.
The past 15 months have been a celebration of God’s work, and we referred to this season as, Immeasurably More. Over those months, we have seen God raise up new partnerships, expand financial resources, and lead our institution through a process of renewal.
Sioux Falls Seminary students journey through life and learning with a team of mentors and professors. I'm privileged to be a part of the Kairos teaching team. My role is to teach on the topic of biblical stewardship, a central theme in Scripture and theological education.
At times, participating in God’s work can seem daunting because we are not sure we have anything to give. Other times, we think the only thing that people “give” is money and are, therefore, limited in our understanding of stewardship and participation. Over the next three months, we are going to focus on 1 Peter 4:10.
The end of the semester is around the corner. I look forward to celebrating commencement with our seminary family. As we conclude our discussion on participation in God’s mission, I’m challenging our graduates to step out and boldly follow God into mission and to consider their work in light of what God is doing in the world.