Pastor Hagin often says, “Ministry is spelled W-O-R-K!”
And he’s right. Our upside down kingdom requires work—most unseen and unknown to others—from its citizens.
Public teaching and preaching is the fun part of ministry. However, there’s a lot that happens from week to week. Walking alongside others through the mountains and valleys of life is an endless, and often thankless, task. My dad is a pastor and it’s often hard for him to describe his work to others.
Graduation is less than two weeks away, which is why my thoughts are drifting more and more towards this idea of life and ministry.
Many think of the two areas as separate—this is my life and this is my ministry—but there really cannot be a line of demarcation.
My friends who are leaving Rhema for the great wide world are faced with this reality. I understand their conundrum because I’m staring down the barrel of the same gun—I just have a little more time to think about it since I don’t graduate until next May.
Thankfully, our instructors have been pointing us in this direction all along. Our launch date into the great race of life, the passing of the baton, is never far from their minds.
These are men and women are Rhema alumni. They’ve been on the mission field, served/are serving in the local church, and brought their families along for the ride. I am thankful for their willingness to teach us not only biblical truths but also practical life applications of the truth.
I have no doubt that my friends are leaving Rhema prepared.
Their hard work started the moment they moved to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, flipping their entire lives upside down to follow God. Most of my friends have worked odd hours at two to three jobs for the opportunity to study God’s Word in order to become fully equipped ministers of the gospel.
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2017!
Go into the world and teach people about faith and what it means to follow Jesus. Know that those went before you and those who are coming behind you are cheering you on!