I’m keen to pursue the Cornhill Training Course in Glasgow this September as a part-time student, as opposed to a full-time student. For one, it would relieve me of the one-year schedule, which I imagine will be quite a shock, especially when I haven’t worked intensely on an academic course for a wee while (at least a year since I graduated last summer from seminary school). Although it will take me two-years to complete, instead of the one year, it does help to keep me going job-wise working part-time and freelancing in between. Technically, I don’t need to do freelancing, but generally speaking it does buy me the valued time to explore other ministries in and around Glasgow for another term. It just means that I’ll end up paying more tuition fees over the span of two years, due to the annual inflation. I will also have a better idea, if I’m physically fit for full-time ministry during the course of my studies. We shall see.

However, I may as well use the time and continue to invest in friendships and relationships with others. I know if I were to pursue full-time with Cornhill, I risk losing my part-time job, and I would feel pressured to enter full-time ministry. Mind you, I still desire a wife, before doing Christian ministry in the context of a pastoral role in the local church. I know my weaknesses, and I’m also aware that a companion, wife and friend who is also seeking to serve the Kingdom of God in a pastoral context would benefit the church greatly as a two-man team, but it would help me to release the emotional burdens of the duties that come with pastoral ministry.

In relation to patience being a virtue, it would better aid me in using the two-years of further study to grow and mature as a Christian. I still wish to grow in the fundamentals in Scripture and grasping the overall Bible. I also want to explore and develop my artistic skills in photography, web design and traditional art. Ministers need hobbies too you know! It is also hobbies that I feel passionate, and in ways they can be incorporated into Christian ministry in a pastoral context. You simply have to keep your mind open and use the opportunities to share with others of the Good News using a variety of mediums. Why limit God to the four walls of the Church, if the world outside has yet to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ?

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT)

~Richard