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Relfections on My Seminary Experience

Today marks an important point in my life as I finish up my final classes and have experienced my final chapel as a seminary student at Asbury Theological Seminary.  My emotions are a mixed bag of joyful anticipation and the challenge of transitioning back to "normal life".  I wonder in joyful anticipation of what God has in store for me as I will now be able to focus more of my energy upon the churches that I serve as well as being able to spend more quality time with my family.  At the same time, I will miss the community and fellowship that I have had the privilege to share with many great people from diverse walks of life while at Asbury.  With that said, it will be nice to re-acquire the 10+ hours a week that I have spent on driving back and forth from Blissfield to Wilmore every week for 3 years (the gas savings alone will be a nice change!)

I have decided to post the following experiences and thank-you's as I reflect on my time at Asbury and I hope that you may find some encouragement in these words:

  • First off, my seminary experience could not have been possible without the continuous support and encouragement of my lovely bride, Maria.  She has sacrificed so much over the past five years and I am indebted greatly to her as she has consistently provided me with the love I have needed as I navigated this experience.

  • My Churches - I am so greatly blessed by the congregations of both Emmanuel UMC and Lambertville UMC as they have given of themselves so that I might experience seminary while also having the experience of pastoral ministry (and a paycheck!).  I know that you all have been praying for me and my family as we have journeyed together.  Thank You!

  • I am thankful for the opportunity to have experienced a truly world-class theological education by being stretched in my thinking, challenged in my walk with Jesus, and encouraged to share the whole gospel with the wider world.

  • My time at Asbury has proven to be vital in my spiritual formation as I have learned to grow through the engagement in daily spiritual disciplines and appreciating more deeply their roots in the rich Wesleyan heritage I subscribe to as a United Methodist.

  • Finally, the friends and colleagues that I have met along the way have been a tremendous encouragement for me.  God has blessed me with many opportunities that have proven fruitful for ministry, both now and in anticipation of future interactions with these brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • By coming to Asbury, I have been invited to engage in preaching opportunities in India and Liberia as well as churches within the United States.  This is significant for many reasons, not the least of which is a prophetic word I received from an African evangelist when I was 13 years old that I would "preach the gospel to thousands of people".  At the time I certainly did not place much weight on this word, but God has recently revealed to me what He has in store for my future in this regard.


As I near the close of this chapter of my life, I am reminded above all that God has a plan for all of us.  I came to seminary not fully aware of this mystery, and there remain several questions upon my heart but God has been faithful to reveal Himself to me in ways I never could have comprehended prior to my time at Asbury.

Thank you, Lord for such a time as this!

Because He Lives!

Aaron

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  1. Congrats! I miss Asbury very much and will go back if God ever calls me to another degree. Right now I am at Nazarene Theological Seminary where God called me and working on my M.Div. Journey On Well, my friend.

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