Ministry & Leadership - Spring 2017 - 6
I would argue that the
need for sound theological
education at the seminary
level is greater than
ever before. We live in
a culture that considers
itself intellectually and
morally superior to
Ministry & Leadership
of the Bible and the message of
the gospel. It is dismissive of
Christian public discourse. It
thinks it has moved on. Sadly,
many Christian pastors and
leaders are utterly unequipped
to speak into such a situation because they have been academically, theologically and spiritually under-prepared to engage in
such a context.
This makes what we are doing at RTS more important
than ever, because pastors don't
need to know less; they need
to know more. We offer mentoring of future pastors and
church leaders by experienced
and committed pastor-theologians; rigorous academic education; and the cultivation of
students' spiritual life and character formation in the context
of a loving community committed to Jesus, the gospel, the
church, the truth and a life of
service to others.
This is a tremendous need in
our time. And seminary is also
a more efficient way to go about
addressing it. Simply put, because of our resources, we are
able to provide this kind of comprehensive preparation far more
rapidly and effectively than it
can be done in other ways.
These are just some of the
reasons that your investment
and prayers for RTS are so
important. We fully appreciate how remarkable your support for this work is. Frankly,
most Christians give to things
that directly benefit them. But
people who invest in the preparation of the church's future
pastors and leaders often only
experience an indirect benefit.
Yet their investment is often far
more important than those who
get an instant return.
We are eternally grateful for
your partnership, and determined to work for eternal results from your generosity.