In the summer of 2016 I began a doctoral program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The cohort-based program included three, annual, two-week “intensives,” where students would travel to be together for both lectures and discussions about church leadership in our rapidly changing culture. At the program's conclusion, we were to each write and defend a dissertation, applying the countless books and lectures to the work of ministry in the 21st century.
Over the past few years, however, with some staff transitions and especially the challenges of this past season, I’ve put my coursework on hold. But, as they say, “It’s time to fish or cut bait!”
With approval from our Board of Elders earlier this year, I will be away for a few weeks starting on Wednesday, July 28th. This time away includes accumulated study leave, as well as vacation time to rest and reconnect with my family.
To be clear: My health is fine. My family is great. But I will be away from Good Shepherd to reengage some research and writing about where God is taking our church in the years ahead.
If God brings me to mind during these weeks, I covet your prayers that I would make some progress - instead of just making payments! And I look forward to being back in a few weeks to kick off the fall engaging Paul’s letter to the Galatians.