Surprised by the Spirit

2022-05-24T14:23:57-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

I grew up singing and praying in a number of different Baptist, Salvation Army, and (primarily) Pentecostal churches. Each church was unique in how they worshiped God, and each had distinct perspectives regarding what it meant to experience the Holy Spirit and how the Holy Spirit worked. The first time that I remember having a real experience of the Holy Spirit was in Greenwood, in a modest Pentecostal church with brick and white siding and gravel in the parking lot. This is where the Spirit called me to put my faith in God. I was nine years old. I sat in [...]

Course Highlight: Indigenous Ministry

2022-04-28T07:02:14-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

How can we as Christians respond to the tragic discoveries of the Indigenous children's unmarked graves in Canada and to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action? Learning Opportunity: Indigenous Ministry Course In this one-week modular course, brothers James and Andrew Thunder will prepare you to minister to Indigenous Peoples. Leading well in this area of ministry means understanding that advancing God's kingdom means advancing the voices of justice, healing, hope, and radical change that come through sharing the love of Jesus. Apply Now Course Content & Goals This course prepares students for success in [...]

Course Highlight: Ministry Formation

2022-04-14T17:02:17-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Horizon College students are required to participate in weekly practical ministry as part of their education. This year, our students have contributed more than 700 hours of hands-on ministry since September! We invited our ministry mentors and students to gather and celebrate the impact this year's ministry has had – not only on those ministered to, but on our students and the mentors themselves. Horizon student body president, Deloney Krahn shared these words: "Ministry Formation has given us all volunteer experience in ministry. It has helped us learn to lead, it has helped some of us [...]

Does the Church need Pastors or “Leaders”?

2022-04-09T10:05:49-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

"Leadership" seems like a buzz word among Christians these days. Between the newness of the study of "leadership,"[1] and the fact that there is nothing inherently Christian about "leadership," some Christians express concern that the emphasis on leadership makes churches unknowingly bring secular business theories (by which they mean anti-Christian theories) into the church. One might also argue that the Bible talks more about "pastors" than "leaders" or "leadership." In actual fact, however, in most English translations of the Bible, the word "leader" in its various forms occurs many times, whereas the word "pastor" is only found once (Ephesians 4:11). Yeah... [...]

Jesus “Gets” It

2022-03-18T12:14:34-06:00Categories: Articles|

This devotion appears in MB Seminary's 2022 Easter Devotions resource called Out of the Shadows: The Substance of the Son. You can receive devotions like this one during the seasons of Easter and Advent. Learn more and sign up here on Hebrews 4:14-5:10 Recall a time when you shared a struggle with someone and you found out that he or she struggled with the same thing as you. I recently became a mom for the first time to an amazing little boy. When my husband and I brought our son home from the hospital, it [...]

Let the Students Know

2022-02-10T09:24:18-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

With 2022 well underway, many students are still trying to figure out what path to pursue after high-school graduation. You may be a student yourself. I get it. It's exciting... and sometimes it's overwhelming. Perhaps you are a pastor, leader, parent– someone uniquely positioned to encourage a student. You hold a valuable opportunity here. Thank you for being a support! Either way, I think that the following information will be helpful to you. Being up-to-date on what is actually available in the education world is pretty important in the decision-making process. Christian studies or career studies? How about... [...]

Farewell Jackson

2022-01-28T09:27:48-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

It's hard to say goodbye. As the demolition of our former building has begun, it stirs a lot of emotions. Sadness mixed with thankfulness! Here is the last look at 1303 Jackson Ave as we knew it. You can see photos on our Facebook page - and if you have pics or memories to share from your time with us - we'd love to hear from you there. View on Facebook [...]

What Have You Got to Lose?

2022-02-04T14:46:23-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Christian education is more than it used to be. In the olden days – like 20 years ago 😊 – Christians routinely spent a year or more at Bible college after high school. Nowadays, that's become a lot less common. On the one hand, there's been increasing pressure felt to get on with studies that lead directly into the workplace. On the other hand, however, research shows repeatedly that students who take Christian higher education after high school are significantly more likely to keep their Christian faith and to stay engaged in the church.1 Why is Christian higher education [...]

Ministry Burnout

2021-12-16T16:49:32-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

I've spent a considerable amount of time this past fall visiting with pastors and ministry leaders throughout our constituencies. My friends, there's trouble. When Barna released stats earlier this year that 30% of clergy are likely to leave ministry before this pandemic is over, I confess, I was skeptical. I thought it was an alarmist overstatement. "Maybe in America," I said. "Not here." After engaging with ministry leaders in my limited circles in the past few weeks, I not only became a believer in those stats but I began to say that I fear they might be about 10% low. [...]

Who Cares if Jesus is God?

2022-02-04T14:46:44-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

The Bible teaches that Jesus really is God. Dr. Jeromey Martini explores the ways in which this shaped early Christians and what difference it should make for us, today. (Original message delivered at Lloydminster Gospel Fellowship Church) Listen to the full message What difference does it make if Jesus is God? I'm working with the assumption that you're at least aware that, by and large, Christians hold that "Jesus is God." That's probably not going to be new to you, although you may not know exactly how that all fits together. Many people don't. Read [...]

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