It is hard to believe, but 20 years ago this month I graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Besides the move from Wilmore back to Texas, I have moved 7 times in those 20 years, serving 7 different churches, two campus ministries, and one children’s home. I have grown in ways I would not have, perhaps could not have imagined in 1989.
Dr. James & Shirley Dobson received honorary doctorates at our graduation that year, so, as class president, I shared the dais with Mr. Focus on the Family.
Since I spent two years doing doctoral coursework in the mid 90’s, I think it is safe to say that I have read at least as much since seminary as I did in the 4 years it took me to complete the M.Div. I have continued to learn and grow, and hope to continue on both counts for at least another 20 years.
On an application for an open position here, a recent college graduate explained that he wants to work with youth because “they are not stuck in their ways like adults.” The same day I mentioned to a co-worker that this month is my 20th anniversary of graduating from seminary, and she replied, “I’m sorry, but you’re OLD!”
Please don’t comment just to reassure me that I’m not old. I know I’m not old, I know I’m not “stuck in my ways.” Well, not all of them, anyway.
My passion to connect and intertwine learning with ministry didn’t at Asbury, but I credit my time there with establishing a strong, healthy root system on which I could continue to grow for decades.
None of us have any certainty about where will will be 20 years from now, or all the places, twists, turns, and tumps that lie along the way there. I’ll keep sharing mine with you, and hope you’ll share yours with me. I think we might all be better off that way.