26 August 2015

Welcoming New Students and Planning Furlough

This last week someone asked me about how our conference last May went. As it happened that very day we as faculty had been discussing one of the outcomes from that time: new student applicants! I responded, "The conference went better than we could have planned. We were able to network with many churches beyond our normal circle. Several men have expressed interest in the school, and a couple have even begun to take classes through that event." God has been so good to grant us these opportunities to serve our city and prepare people for Christ's mission.
One of the classes I'm teaching this term is on the book of Acts. The class is part of a foundational core of classes that set the tone and show students what we're about as a school. As we surveyed the book this week, we came across how Paul and Barnabas reported back to the Antioch church and served there between missionary tours. The time has come for the Pittsleys to begin planning such a return journey. We plan to be back in the States for roughly five months (mid-June to mid-November) next year. If you'd like us to plan a visit, feel free to contact me.

12 August 2015

Visitors Come and Go; A New Term Begins

We have enjoyed two busy months since our last update. First, we had three block-class sessions. I taught the first two (one on Character of a Leader, the other on Colossians and Philemon). Dr. Jeff Straub from Central Seminary taught the third one, on Baptist History.
The night before Dr. Straub left to teach in Zambia, a team from our sending church, InterCity Baptist, arrived. They worked hard on organizing our library and in other ministry capacities. Two members of the team were able to help the Weavers continue to prepare the camp land for ministry use. We cherished our time with these friends and appreciated their help.
The week after the team from InterCity left, second-term classes began. I am teaching a class on the book of Acts (with a focus on strategies for planting churches) and on research and writing. Please pray that the students catch a vision for the centrality of church planting in the mission of Christ and for the necessity of biblical discernment and clear communication for gospel ministry.