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Connecting The Head To The Heart

Connecting The Head To The Heart
By: Aaron Hulbert, 2017 GraduateGod called me into ministry in 2006. I was 26-years-old and full of youthful ignorance. I stumbled around ministry, had a lot of failures, but God was always good. I knew I needed more training so I began to attend a distance learning seminary. It was tough; though God used it, I could not finish, and felt like the theology was not connecting with actual, live ministry. I realized there was a disconnect between the head and the heart. What I was learning was great, but I was not learning how to apply it to ministry or my own life! I stopped attending seminary and almost gave up on the idea of seminary all together. Life continued to roll on. I married, had children and moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming. My new position was bi-vocational. As a husband, ...
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Church Planting In St. George - ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Church Planting In St. George - ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
By: Jeff Schaefer, 2013 GraduateSince Graduating from the WEST Institute of Shepherds Theological Seminary more than 4 years ago I have taken what would probably be considered a non-traditional path for a seminary grad. I was convicted while going to The WEST to actually not pursue vocational ministry, but to pursue contentment and joy in God Himself. There was a subtle, yet significant shift in my mind about how I viewed the church and ministry. I had decided to love and serve the church with the gifts and opportunities available to me, while submitting to the leadership of godly men and trusting that God knows what He is doing with His church. While working construction in Laramie and helping with youth and college ministry, Molly (my wife) and I decided to move back ho...
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