After only three months studying and worshipping with students, faculty and staff at Columbia Theological Seminary, I was drawn to the role of teacher. I’ve enjoyed returning to an academic environment, this one infused with a spirit that is holy. The calling I sense is to live more wholly in the moment, more completely in communion with the “Great I Am” as revealed in a community of believers in this place and in other times and places.
I have taught Sunday school from time to time since I was a teenager. I have long felt a need for more education about scripture and how to teach. Seeking to understand the wisdom of scripture and thoughts of believers even after a faith journey spanning decades is still exciting. So, my hope is to become a better student so that I may become a better teacher.
My hope to become a better student has had mixed results in seminary. After 6 years, I find myself still hoping to become a better organized and focused student. I am impressed with the discipline and pedagogy of students and faculty here at Columbia. I really appreciate the learning atmosphere that includes a lot of collegial collaboration as well as individual work.
I appreciate the need for lifelong learning to continue honing skills.
A few years ago, I was a member of a committee to certify an associate pastor at my church as a Christian Educator. The requirements were fairly rigorous and the tangible rewards not that great. Also, I learned that the demand for Certified Christian Educators has diminished as Presbyterian and other mainline denominations struggle to maintain membership. I have continued to reflect on how I can best serve as I move on from seminary.