I had the privilege of joining 22 students at the 2009 Seminarians Conference at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO, these past two weeks. Each of us are seminary students affiliated with the A/G but not attending the A/G seminary.
The seminary offered us two courses free of charge and The Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education took care of all our needs while we were in town. The experience far exceeded my expectations.
1) We had a few opportunities for face-to-face time with the Executive Leadership Team. It was great to ask any question and get a straight answer.
2) At times there was a sales pitch or two, asking us to stay in the A/G fellowship, but they were honest about the sales pitch. They were asking us to stay, to bring our education and our gifts to the places where we live and work.
3) I soaked in quite a bit about Pentecostal theology, history and A/G polity. I was on the fence whether I would get my credentials with the A/G. I was encouraged in a bunch of ways. And felt more affirmed about my chances to do something with the church. So, I'll get my papers.
4) I came away with so many ideas, new friends and connections, etc. that I'm going to spend much time this week praying about the future.
Here are some pics of my new friends & fellow seminarians: