In recent months I’ve been encouraged to talk with a handful of pastors across the US to describe what ITS is doing and give suggestions how they can get a similar work started where they are. One such pastor was Cory Wilson of City Church in Cleveland. Cory is also a fellow with The Center for Pastor Theologians where he posted this very helpful reflection. In it Cory considers how vital it is to remember that, “Theology cannot be understood apart from the people of God, the church, [but] meant to be done by the church and for the church.” Such comments, and Cory’s entire post, resonate strongly with what we’re doing here in Indianapolis, so I’m glad to share it with you this month. Read Cory’s original blog here.
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In the spring of 2004 I interned under Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. I had just finished my seminary education and thought I knew a lot (a common self-perception of recent grads!). But my time at CHBC, and engaging regularly with Mark, the rest of the staff, and other interns, concretized my learning and greatly broadened my perceptions of the pastorate, church membership, missions and discipleship. My ministry will always be marked by that time in DC. ...