This blog has been sitting idle for over a year. Writing a post feels like trying to start a car that hasn’t been driven for a while. I’m going to crank it and see if it still runs.
I have not been idle in brain or life. In my first year of teaching (2016-17) at Faith Baptist Bible College, I was in survival mode as I developed class content, learned how to function in the academic milieu, and met students and colleagues. On summer break, in addition to completing two major home projects, I preached almost weekly in our church before we called a new pastor and preached two weeks at family camps in Iowa and Nebraska. In between these responsibilities, I also started a major undertaking which I’m hoping to bring to completion soon. It involved a lot of writing, and that’s all I’ll say for now :). Teaching went much more smoothly from my perspective first semester of the 2017-18 school year. I love what I do – preparing men for pastoral ministry.
Looking ahead, I am very excited for opportunities to encourage pastors. These include a workshop at Faith’s Refresh Conference in February; two workshops for the pastors’ track at the MAACS Educators Conference also in February; the Timothy Retreat at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp for young men considering ministry; speaking at the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches Annual Conference in March; and speaking at a pastors’ conference in June. What a privilege it is to connect with the men in these settings.
My mission in this stage of life is to equip men for ministry, encourage pastors, and strengthen churches. God continues to give opportunities to do these things, and I am grateful.
Hey, it runs! I might take it for a spin.