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MIssio Dei

Preparing for Local Ministries: Required. Meet weekly with a group of fellow students to share our experiences within our ministry settings. Easy and fun.
Christian Traditions (or the History of the church): Required. To be an effective pastor, you should have a working knowledge of the History of the church.
Biblical Hebrew: Elective. I like to challenge myself with languages, and writing right to left!
Missions of the Church in the Contemporary World:  A Church and Society required course. This course is a practical course for church management.

These are my seminary classes this fall and the course I am most excited about is the Mission of the Church in the Contemporary World (Hebrew is a close second) and it is incredibly fitting now that I have stepped into the role of Director of Missions at a church that values service and living for others. Yesterday I began reading the first required book for this class, and the first question the author asked was, is the service the church i…

Receiving Blessings

When I first starting working for a church, I did not know how radically it would change my life. I had ideas on how to make our church more visible and more active in the community. I realized quickly that church life is built on a steady and strong volunteer base. The church members had grown older and could no longer effectively carry out the vision they had when they had established the church 60 years earlier. It isn't that they wanted to see their beloved church close, they just were not physically able to do the work that I so desperately wanted us to be involved in.

So, I took on the task of being all things to all people and took it as my personal mission to bring new people into the church. I engaged in outreach and missions. I took Jesus' words seriously, "the Son of Man came to serve, not to be served and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28, NRSV).

My mantra was this, Jesus gave his life so that I could live, therefore I must give of my …

The Problem with Complacency

Lately, I've been having an issue with complacency. In Raytown, Missouri there is a hot issue about the City Government trying to sell a piece of land to Walmart. Like most people my age I'm not the biggest fan of Walmart and often get mad at myself for even walking into one. They are too dang convenient and their prescriptions are so reasonable! Agh!
The issue in Raytown right now is that some citizens want to preserve this vacant piece of land for local business. They've been crying out in uproar over it since the idea went into effect.
Here's my issue:
Why the uproar now? The Raytown Baptist Church used to stand on the site and probably about 10 years ago, the city tore the building down because of asbestos issues. And for 10 YEARS no one has had anything to do or say about this large green space. The two things that I know that occur there are the Summer Community Festival that has taken the place of Raytown Round-Up Days and the annual Raytown Easter Egg Hunt.
Now…