Immeasurably More in 2021
Thank you for your partnership in the gospel in 2021. As I reflect on the last year and look forward to the coming year, I think of Ephesians 3:20-21 as theme verses for 2021. God has worked through you to do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” Your generosity and support have made it possible to
- Award $60,000 in scholarships to 89 students last Fall
- Provide $19,000 in direct aid to students dealing with COVID-19 in December
- Launch a program to train Indonesian pastors on the island of Sumba
- Commission 63 chaplains to minister to persons with ALS during the pandemic
- Deliver free Seminary Now training to a church in Japan that cannot afford the program
- Provide high-quality faculty to strengthen our students
- Equip women to lead the church and engage the world
- Provide scholarships for students to study in the Holy Land at Jerusalem University College
Pastors are under significant stress to start 2022 and so are the people we serve in our churches and communities. You are helping these pastoral leaders remain in ministry, equipping them to be resilient, providing resources for crisis ministry, and training them to reach people around the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let me share three recent tools we’ve just released to help all of us who are ministering right now.
- Seminary Now has just produced a new course by Dr. Scott Floyd entitled Crisis Counseling. If you want to learn how to minister to persons going through tragic events or sharpen your skills as you deal with the trauma of mental health during the pandemic, check out Dr. Floyd’s timely resource.
- Dr. Beth Felker Jones, professor of theology, has co-written the powerful book Pandemic Prayers: Devotions and Prayers for a Crisis. Download this resource to your kindle as you journey through the Omicron variant.
- The Grow Center is offering new course beginning this month: the Ray Bakke Certificate of Biblical and Entrepreneurial Thinking. Beginning January 27, this course will connect you with global leaders as you discover God’s work in the church, the marketplace, and the neighborhood. If you’re imagining new ministries for your church, this certificate course will be an excellent resource.
I pray for the Spirit’s continued power to be at work within you as you minister in these days.