A Year Of Investment
For the first time in my life, I actually had a desire to go to school yet didn’t have the time or the money to do it. I decided to turn to God and ask Him what He would have me do and if it was His will to go back to school- to make what seemed impossible become possible. After looking at multiple different college programs from “in class” to “internet based,” Pastor Cody announced that Reliance was launching the School of Ministry. Coming into it I thought this would be great because I desired to have a better understanding of the Bible, Systematic Theology, and Hermeneutics. I really didn’t have a plan or a vision of how this might be used in future ministry work, but nonetheless, I felt God leading me to get equipped.
The way School Of Ministry (SOM) is setup is “to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). This job is done both academically and practically. What I originally sought out as head knowledge quickly turned into multiple opportunities for practical application. Students of the SOM are learning as we embark upon a variety of coursework including a survey of the Bible, systematic theology, and hermeneutics (interpreting what the Bible says). In my own personal experience, as I served in different ministries throughout the church from parking to children’s ministry, I had the opportunity to apply what I was learning in the class and the online sessions. The practical application was invaluable for me because I am a physical learner, meaning once I do it I understand it. It’s sort of like watching the cooking channel and seeing some awesome professional chef cook a meal and saying, “Well they are a professional Of course they can do that.!” However once I actually get in the kitchen and start doing it, I soon realize with the right tools and knowledge I can do it as well. It doesn’t always mean that my food is going to be exactly like that chef’s on TV, but with time, the food I cook gets better and my understanding grows deeper to the point of being able to teach what I have learned to others. This is the big idea as God brings opportunities daily to apply His word and the training that I have received in the School of Ministry- it has become an active knowledge that is hopefully building up the body of Christ at Reliance as well as in my day to day experience at work and most of all at home with my family.
I would say if you are thinking about how the Lord would have you move forward in serving Him and His people and feel that you would like to be equipped but don’t know what that looks like, then the School of Ministry would be a good starting place. The program is not for the faint of heart. It will take some time each week to go through the classes online and to faithfully serve in various ministries throughout the Church. However having the honor to dig deeper into God’s Word and at the same time serve Him and His people has been one of the most rewarding times of my life and I look forward to where He will lead me and my family next.