Summer and Fall Intensive Encourages Pastors Facing Spiritual Warfare

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Spiritual battles are a part of ministry in the New Testament and in today’s world. As pastors deal with COVID-19 and deep divisions in the country, Northern is equipping them to pastor effectively. This summer, Dr. Greg Boyd taught 32 pastoral leaders Christ-centered ministry in the face of evil.

One participant was Brian Mease, Lead Pastor of Landen Church in Maineville, Ohio. Brian says, “Although it is frequently stated that God’s church has a mission, a more accurate expression is God’s mission has a church.” It is this ministry approach that Brian Mease, Landen’s Lead Pastor, brings to his studies at Northern Seminary. “Our church is less Sunday-centered and more about returning rhythms of the church to dining room tables and homes. We are trying to create spiritual discussion versus spiritual monologue.” An experienced leader already, Brian sees the value in furthering theological study. “The onus is on me to represent my beliefs well, articulate them with clarity, and do so with emotional maturity. I hope a season of seminary will round out those things in me,” he reflects.

Another student was Gino Curcuruto who pastors The Table in Philadelphia, PA, and ministers to marginalized communities relentlessly besieged by poverty, violence and homelessness.

Gino, who has led in church contexts for nearly 20 years, can easily connect his coursework to his ministry. “Everything I’m learning seems very appropriate and applicable to what we are experiencing in Philly. . . . I’m with people who are really struggling.” He continues, “Many have some faith background but have rejected God. They’ve experienced horrible things and attribute it to God.” This course, taught by adjunct professor Dr. Greg Boyd, drives home the message that God loves his creation and is not against you but on your side.

“I was really impressed with the class,” Gino recalls. “I was challenged to think; it stirred my imagination. I enjoyed the interaction with the other students and having breakout sessions. It was a really beneficial process.”

Seminary had always been an interest of Gino’s, but the timing had not been right. Until now. As he began raising up new leaders within the church, and with the blessing of The Table’s leadership team, Gino wanted an environment to synthesize and continue learning. A bivocational pastor, he values the accessibility and flexibility afforded him as he pursues his MA in Theology and Mission at Northern Seminary.

Brian Mease agrees, “I had a wonderful week. There were several moments along the way that I was definitely inspired. . . . I felt that seminary was more than a pursuit of the mind—I felt like my heart was being captured and spoken to. I left the week feeling encouraged.”

To learn more about Northern Seminary’s program in Anabaptist studies visit https://www.seminary.edu/anabaptist-studies/

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