January 26, 2009

Exciting News

For those of you who don't know, I am called to be in the ministry. Specifically, I feel that I am called to eventually be a head pastor, and that I have strong gifts towards teaching and pastoring. (If I get my way, I'll retire as a seminary professor, but we'll see how Yahweh guides things). I now have MDiv from Northeastern Seminary and am planning on getting ordained through the Assemblies of God.

Because I have the MDiv, I can skip the accreditation phase of ordination and move right to licensing, after I take (and pass) the history and polity course for AG. After that course, I will go before a committee of the local presbytery, who would approve me for a license. Once I have a license I can act as a minister until it expires. After two years, I can then pursue ordination, and if ordained I can minister indefinately with AG.

Now for the exciting news: I am now starting the history and polity course! It is a home course that I do out of a packet which I recieved this past Friday.

As for the blog, this means that I'll either be blogging more or less. I will have less time, and I already haven't had enough time to really blog. However, I'll also be thinking more, and I may simply prattle on here about the course so I can get my thoughts out. The course is likely to run until sometime in May, when I then make a request to be licensed.

Anyhoo, this should be an exciting time for me, and I would like to ask you all for your prayers and support. Thank you very much.


Mason said...

JC, best of luck on your history and polity course.
I've considered the ministry over the last few years, but have found my gifts are more on the teaching/academic side of things. Still, I know many in that line of work and have a great respect for it.
Hope we continue to hear from you.

TrueHope said...

May God continue to bless you in your studies. I look forward to hearing you become pastor one day.

Pizza Man said...

That's great! I echo what the others have stated. A seminary related question: How long does it take to get a MDiv for someone who has an unrelated undergrad degree?

Jc_Freak: said...

Mason and TrueHope:


Pizza Man: depends on the degree and the program. With my program it didn't really matter. I had a BS is Comp Sci, and I finished at the same rate as everyone else. Took 4 years for me, and the program was 3 1/2. The delay was looking for an internship. With other programs it may be different. From what I understand, there are MDiv programs that are only 2 years long, while Nothereastern just upped theirs to 4 since most students finished in 4 anyway.

Pizza Man said...

Thanks for the info Martin. I've been doing IT work for most of my adult life, and it gets old sometimes. I would really like to find a way to make more of an impact for the kingdom, and have mused about ways to bring this about.

Jc_Freak: said...

Well, Seminary is a real commitment. Doing things for the kingdom may not require education. If you goal to seminary, I would advise that you know what you are going to do with the degree, and pick the program based on that. If you just want to understand the bible or theology better, a Bible college might actually be better.

Kurt said...

Man, I hope that your ministry stuff comes together. Congrats on the MDiv and i am sure that if God called you he will certainly use you!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Another AG minister. Ah . . . it warms my heart :)

I wouldn't stress much about not blogging that frequently. If I had all that you are experiencing on my plate, I couldn't blog either! I'm excited for you, man.

God bless you, your wife and family, and your ministry unto the Lord.