As you have probably noticed, I have not been blogging very regularly! This is due to a significant season of change for my church, for my family, and for me.
I won’t go into all the details now, but very soon I will be given more responsibility at the church I serve in. It will be a significant time of transition for the church as well as for my family and me. Because of this transition and the probable increase in my responsibilities at the church I have decided it was best for the church, and especially myself, to step away from seminary.
Before this time of transition, I had been the church’s intern while I attended seminary online. This was all part of the program I was in at seminary. They wanted the student to be gaining experience in ministry while attaining a Master’s level degree. Ideally, I was supposed to be putting in 25-30 hours of work in my internship at the church and 25–30 hours of work into my schoolwork. In reality, I was probably putting in close to 40 hours of work into my internship and less than 20 into my schoolwork due to a variety of reasons. Probably the most obvious reason to me as to why I was putting in more hours at church and ministry was/is because I love the work I do and the people I serve.
So, I have decided to step away from the formal style of learning (viz. the classroom) and plunge head-on into the practical experience of ministry. As of now, I do not know what all my responsibilities will be increased to. But, there are a few responsibilities that I know for sure will be increased: preaching (which I am most excited to have increased), teaching, and various other ministry things like visitations.
This is why you have seen less of me! The dust hasn’t even begun to settle (in all honesty it is still being blown about) and there are still many uncertainties for the church and for myself. But, in the midst of all these uncertainties the church and I are both looking to, leaning on, and trusting in the sovereignty of God. Whatever the outcome is during and after this time of transition, we know that God is working out His will, which is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).
Currently, I am reading a book that I will write a review on, so look for that in the near future! I hope all is well with the blogosphere!