As a new teacher at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, I have been asked often as of late “How do you like it?”
My answer is simple. “I’m having a blast!” To be honest, that has been a big surprise to me.
Transitioning from pastoral ministry to an academic setting was not easy heart-wise. Having just visited Indiana this past weekend, I was reminded again of how I miss greatly the congregation I left, the personal interactions with the people we love, and regularly ministering God’s Word to a dear flock of His people. God’s heart, Christ’s blood, and the Spirit’s presence are with the local church in a particular way. The man who is set apart to administer God’s care to the church has a very special assignment.
Truly feeling that way, to be honest I just did not think I could be as joyful about ministry coming to a seminary. I knew I would enjoy being around the godly and talented faculty and staff at RPTS. I looked forward to interaction with the students in and outside the classroom. Yet I was unsure I would be able to enjoy fully this ministry context.
However, I have been simply overwhelmed with gratitude and astonishment […]