In 2008, after nearly two decades rallying God’s people to participate in his work, I felt God leading me to go from serving one ministry to serving many. I wasn't sure what that would look like. I prayed daily and, for the most part, heard nothing. After months, I felt God say, “Gary you are done here.”
Each generation of Christians has struggled with a perceived split between the sacred and secular. At face value only a select number of people have holy, churchy jobs; most people have profane, worldly jobs. Yet this is only an appearance. In God’s economy every job is sacred and secular.
Today we look at the idea of developing people as they pursue their calling verses simply education them. Have you heard the saying, “the learning must be greater than the change”? My doctoral advisor would say this whenever we would give a pat answer to a complex question.
Last week we introduced a five-part series that is challenging some of the commonly held beliefs about the educational process by sharing why theological education should focus on developing people to live out their gifts. This week, we explore the changing nature of pastoral ministry.
We have been asking what it means to be “fully alive” to God and his kingdom’s purposes. In light of 1 Peter 4:10, we understand that a part of the answer lies in being “faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Every citizen of God’s kingdom is responsible for putting their gifts to good use. For me, as a student enrolled . . .
Partnership is a very important aspect of our work. We believe God calls us to create integrated systems of theological education by honoring the work others do and recognizing that there is much we can learn from others. By partnering with others, the wider church is blessed through enhanced access to theological education.
As we consider what it means for Sioux Falls Seminary to walk alongside others as they become fully alive in Christ, it's important to focus on how the seminary serves the community of Sioux Falls. When I reflect upon the ways in which SFS is serving Sioux Falls, I think of how parts of it are woven into almost every aspect of the city.
This past Saturday, we celebrated the 159th graduating class of Sioux Falls Seminary. What an exciting time! We came together to mark the culmination of each student’s journey and to rejoice in the new season of life into which they are entering. Our focus on what it means to be “fully alive” seems fitting.
Seminaries have seen a number of variations in the types of students that they serve, including variations in denomination, location, age, purpose of enrollment, etc. We believe it is vital to understand who God is calling us to serve so we might walk alongside those God places in our care.
As we embrace our role in God’s mission, steward his creation, and participate in his ongoing work, our role as image-bearers requires us to serve others in the name of Christ. One way we do this is through our annual Rosebud Immersion Experience, which will take place on July 8-14 this year.