Monday, May 3, 2010

Alliance Theological Seminary.

Above is a picture of my seminary. It's on Worth Street in Downtown Manhattan. It's actually one block south of Chinatown (can we say what a great lunch spot?) It's a typical high rise building right in the city. From the outside, it looks just like a normal building. There are no other buildings besides this one. I don't have a walk across "campus". I'll spend most of my afternoons this Fall like most New Yorkers, inside of a building with a millions of people going along their way right outside. This excites me, as crazy as it might sound. Some people hear about my plan and are so excited for me, and some people hear it and literally think I'm crazy. The only response I have to negative comments (especially when I tell them that I still don't have a place a live), is that I can't get over the peace I feel about this decision to pursue God's call in my life in New York City. I haven't had one doubt that I chose the wrong location or school. The peace that I feel about this is beyond explaining, but know that I go to bed at night knowing that my future is a bit unknown, but I'm peaceful. It's kinda weird not to be panicking about this, but I'm just not. I told God, I was ALL IN to His plan for my life. I know this is going to be an adventure. So ready or not... here I come, New York City.

I'm taking four classes (this is kinda weird to think about)

1. Introduction to Spiritual Formation (basically who am I in Christ, and what has He called my life to look like).
2. Perspectives in Mission (What's God's heart for missions? Why do we go?)
3. The New Testament
4. The Old Testament

I have class Monday from 2-5, Tuesday from 2-5, Wednesday 2-5, and 6-9. Pretty cool schedule if you ask me. This leaves a perfect time for a part time job in the morning if I want. It also leaves time for me to hang out with my guests on Thursday or Friday :)

Below is a verse that's been really encouraging to me lately. I'm not going to the nations in another country, but I will be amongst the nations in NYC (one of the biggest reasons I chose it over Boston).

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:20

What do I have to fear about the future when God promises He is with me ALWAYS, to the end of age?



Leah said...

Those classes look like fun! Are they basic classes, and do you at any point get to start choosing more elective types or what? Have you thought about what church you will be a part of?

Chad said...

Just discovered your blog - thanks for the link over to mine at Reconstructing 30! Your upcoming move to NYC is really exciting!!! That's one of my two favorite cities in the country (along with D.C.) outside of my hometown of Atlanta. You're going to have so much good material for your blog just by living there! Look forward to hearing about your stories, and good luck!