Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lessons from an International Church Planting Cohort

For the past two weeks I have had the privilege of finishing up my final two courses to obtain an M. Div. in International Church Planting. One of the benefits to receiving this Masters is also doing it alongside and with a cohort of international church planters that are literally serving all over the globe. These two weeks have been a blessing for me and my family as in between classes we have been able to fellowship with other families and share life on life.

During these two weeks there have been many takeaways for me but I just want to share a few of those in no particular order:

1. If you are considering going to seminary, consider Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

This school has done a tremendous job of training and equipping their students to leave Wake Forest better prepared for whatever type of career/ministry that they enter. In my current context they have done a tremendous job in helping prepare international church planters to think theologically in their implications of missiological practices in a biblically faithful and contextualized way. Aside from that if you decide to do an M.Div. in International Church Planting, professors and the president himself will come to spend some time with you on the field.

2. Staying Faithful to the Word of God is What Should Drive Your Missiology

One aspect that I have always appreciated about my seminary is that we read those outside of our own camp. I will not mention the particular books we looked at during week one, but we discussed how some people can go in a direction that is not biblical faithful and we wonder why? Well it all starts when you stop allowing the Bible to be the driving force behind your missiology.

3. Be Open and Honest with Your Struggles and Successes in This Environment

At time because of social media it can appear that we are all doing great and God is using us and big and mighty ways with nothing ever going wrong. While I do believe that God is using us all in strategic ways, we all are also struggling in many ways. For some it is just hard to live in the places where we live. For others we live in a spiritually dark place. For others we have dealt with many spiritual attacks. The list could continue, but the point is that we all are currently or have at some point struggled since moving overseas and this is a safe place and environment to share with each other.

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