What Are We Doing Here?

By Jo Anna Kelly on May 11, 2016

As adults, it seems we often view higher education in a similar fashion—as a means of personal or professional fulfillment. Often we pursue higher degrees in order to fulfill specific personal or vocational goals. Those who elect to return to college are often making the decision to gain a promotion or because they feel that they have plateaued in their current position. When we no longer feel fulfilled…

Ten Questions About What Your Church Believes (Part 1 of 2)

By Mike Wittmer on May 23, 2016

For the past year my students have evaluated their churches' doctrinal statements, and I have learned valuable insights that might help pastors and boards improve their church's confession of faith. Such statements are increasingly important because they provide clarity, or at least guidance, when questions arise in the life of a church. Many times, however, these statements of faith are not treated…

Ten Questions About What Your Church Believes (part 2 of 2)

By Mike Wittmer on May 25, 2016

Here is part two of ten things to look for in your church's confession (click here for part one). If you want an example that illustrates most of what I'm talking about, check out the confession of Cornerstone University or Calvary Church.

6. Does it set appropriate boundaries?

One of the benefits of revising your church confession is that it forces you to discuss how doctrinally inclusive you think…

The Challenges and Opportunity of Solo-Pastoring

By Joe Wright on May 18, 2016

In my previous post, I focused on some of my expectations of pastoral ministry as I graduated seminary and some of the realities I've encountered in my first eight months as a solo pastor. In this post, I will focus on some of the challenges of solo pastoring, specifically in revitalizing a struggling church and in everyday life.

From Student to Solo-Pastor

By Joe Wright on May 16, 2016

What a journey it has been! In May 2015, I graduated from GRTS, completing my Master of Divinity degree in 4 years through the Kern Scholars Program. Then in August, at age 26, I was called to be the new pastor at Bellaire Wesleyan Church in northern Michigan. The two words that describe my emotional state upon receiving the phone call were excited and terrified. You see, throughout the job search…