This week marks the beginning of orientation for the new students of Bethlehem College and Seminary. This post from December 30, 2009 continues to reflect my desires for and affections of all the people involved with this new venture.
Pastor John wrote his thanks to God for Bethlehem College and Seminary this morning. I join him in praising God for this initiative at Bethlehem!
Disability ministries need pastors who have been prepared like Pastor John hopes they will be through BCS:
At the heart of this vision is the invincible God, the infallible Bible, and the indispensible Gospel of Jesus Christ. We want future pastors to be stunned by the greatness of God. And stay stunned by living in the Bible. And spread this amazement to sinners, who qualify through faith alone because of the Gospel.
We want them to love the church. The real live, blemished, blood-bought bride of Christ. So we sink them into ministry while they are here.
Why is that so important for a disability ministry?
Because disability is hard. We need to know that God is sovereign over all things and good at all times in the midst of hard things.
We NEED pastors who are stunned by the greatness of God.
We need our pastors to be rock-solid in their understanding of who God is, able to articulate the truth of the Bible, and able to personally demonstrate how glad they are to be dependent on him. Then they can love people in the midst of deepest pain and struggle – because God will provide for them and through them what their hurting people need.
So I am excited about BCS and invite you to join me in praying for them, for the sake of churches that may not yet even exist and children with disabilities not yet born and adults who have not yet experienced disability.