Connecting to Churches
Tis’ the season for New Years resolutions (however short lived they’ve been!), new budgets, and churches seeking interns and pastors. I’ve been encouraged to receive correspondence in the last few days from churches requesting Westminster students and graduates to serve in their church. While the data suggests that the current economic climate has resulted in fewer openings for seminary graduates, ministry placement is something we have been praying about and earnestly working to foster of late. Westminster does not want to supplant the church’s role in identifying and calling ministers, but we also believe the seminary can and should be intentional about helping students and alumni become connected to churches with ministry needs and visa versa.
This is an area where you can help us provide a vital service to the church and Westminster students and alumni. Do you know of a church or ministry that would benefit from having a Westminster trained person serving there? Would you be willing to take a Westminster student as an intern? If so, would you contact Jeff Shamess at email@example.com with information about the position? Would you also pray with us that God would help us connect Westminster-trained laborers to the harvest fields?
Partnering with you for kingdom purposes,
Rev. John Currie, MAR, dean of student development and alumni support
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Dr. August (Gus) Konkel, Ph.D. '87
Dr. Gus Konkel is currently professor of Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario. Recently, we talked to him to discuss his education and its impact on his ministry. He commented on his degree at Westminster, “the aspect of hermeneutics that I researched was entirely biblical-theological. It had everything to do with history and theology and ancient near-Eastern texts.”
Faculty Favorites of 2012
Westminster faculty's favorite reads of 2012
We asked Westminster Faculty the best book they read in 2012, and many of them provided a variety of answers. From theology to history to intercultural studies, we got a wide range of books.
Click 'FULL STORY' to see the favorite 2012 reads of Drs. Lillback, Trueman, Beale, Witmer, Edgar and more!
Faculty and Alumni Twitter accounts
In addition to Westminster's own twitter, many Westminster faculty and alumni have twitter accounts. Westminster's president, Peter Lillback; Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jeffrey Jue; and apologetics and systematic theology professor, K. Scott Oliphint all have twitter accounts.
Click 'FULL STORY' to see a list of Westminster alumni Twitter accounts.
Trusting the Lord
Gabriel and Jennifer Malloy; M.Div. and Certificate students, respectively.
“A lot of wives out there who have husbands wanting to go to seminary are wondering how they can do this. How can they afford it? If the Lord has truly laid it upon your heart to go to seminary and your local church is behind you, the Lord will open the doors for you to study here. We have found God has been completely faithful in every area of our lives to provide for us, not just materially, but also with a fantastic home church and friends who can encourage and support us.”
Congratulations Dr. Beale!
Rev. Dr. Gregory K. Beale's book A New Testament Biblical Theology was recently named the best biblical studies book in Christianity Today's 2013 Book Awards.
"This is Beale's 'great work,' and will mark his career for many decades to come. He's been working on it for 25 years, and it shows. It is dense, exhaustive, and provides a compelling theological framework for understanding Scripture (Creation, Judgment, New Creation), helping us see what the New Testament is doing with the major Old Testament themes."
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