More to Learn - Pastor Ed
In 2006 we began a program in Wyoming called Center for Leadership Development (CLD). This is a seminary program with Gateway Seminary. I had been doing ministry for a long time, was almost thirty-six years old, and had never had any seminary training. This seemed like a great opportunity to get a little education and better myself as a minister. I had no idea the journey that would begin academically.
In 2009 I received a diploma in Christian Ministries and in 2012 a diploma in Theology. In the fall of 2013 I was asked if I was interested in beginning a master’s program through Gateway Seminary. On May 11th 2019 I will receive my diploma as I just finished my Masters of Theological Studies. For thirteen years I have taken at least one class a semester. For six years I have worked on a master’s degree. Many times I felt like quitting, usually with an excuse to just take one semester off. But, thanks to Fred Creason and my wife, Rebecca, I am finishing.
I am not just writing this to let everyone know that I have a degree. There was a great lesson for me in all these years of schooling. I began to understand the importance of being a life-long learner. When I started classed I really didn’t understand how much I had to learn. Now that I have finished these degrees, I realize that I have so much more to learn. So many times we just get comfortable in whatever we do and lose the desire to grow. I remember a year ago, after having taught a lesson from our study on 1 John, overhearing a student say in a small group, “I didn’t get much out of the lesson tonight. I already studied 1 John once before.”
We always have more to learn. As Christians, our world is ever changing. We can study Scripture over and over and still learn more. We always have more to learn. I have finished a degree, but still have years of learning ahead of me.