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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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Broken Cisterns - A Year of Heart Study

Broken Cisterns - A Year of Heart Study
Broken Cisterns - A Year of Heart StudyBy: Hannah Shoults, 2017 GraduateWhen people ask me about the WEST Institute, my reply is often that it has been the best decision I have ever made, second only to accepting Christ as my Savior. In this year, was able to devote all of my time to studying and being changed by things that were eternal, lasting, and so valuable. Though I treasured my time in class and studying, the most impactful aspect of the WEST Institute was the Heart Study. The Heart Study is a curriculum that addresses the gap between what we as believers profess to believe and how we actually live our lives. In going through this curriculum with my Heart Study group, God showed me very clearly that there were patterns of sin in my life that I had been ignoring—He...
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SIX DAYS IN THE WEMINUCHE WILDERNESS - Part 2

SIX DAYS IN THE WEMINUCHE WILDERNESS - Part 2
By: Mary Martin"When I decided to go on this trip many people asked me why? I asked myself why? Why would you put yourself in so much discomfort? Why would you choose to do this?" - Part 1 Six Days in the Weminuche WildernessDay four in the Weminuche wilderness. Today we hiked to the bottom of Storm King. This was a harder day. It started out great. We were booking it, at least I felt like we were making really good time. I wasn't tired in the beginning, and I thought I finally had my legs under me in this whole backpacking thing. Then we started up steeper uphill trails. It was just a hard hike, and I wasn't in shape for it. During the hard points I remember thinking, the view better be worth it. Let me tell you, the view was always worth it. We camped at the bottom of a huge...
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SIX DAYS IN THE WEMINUCHE WILDERNESS - PART 1

SIX DAYS IN THE WEMINUCHE WILDERNESS - PART 1
B​y: Mary MartinWhen I decided to go on this trip many people asked me why? I asked myself why? Why would you put yourself in so much discomfort? Why would you choose to do this? Believe me when I say I asked myself that every day I was on this trip. It was uncomfortable. I was not prepared enough – physically and emotionally. I was anxious on the trail. Why was I there? I could have stayed home and stayed comfortable. Looking back I realized that I learned so much more from pushing through this trip then I could have never learned sitting at home.Day one. On Sunday, we loaded on to the train from Durango, Colorado with just our packs. We were headed to Needleton where we would leave all civilization behind for almost a week. The thought of this while we were standing in Duran...
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Weminuchi 2016 Photo Gallery

Weminuchi 2016 Photo Gallery
A few highlights from the Weminuchi.
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The Lord Will Provide

The Lord Will Provide
"The Lord will provide"; A statement easy to regurgitate in the life of a believer, but a test of true faith in the belief that He will indeed give provision. Prior to entering into seminary at The West Institute, I had no idea how I could afford this program. I am still bogged down with outstanding student loans from college, have a stay at home wife with two kids, a mortgage, and the financial burdens of everyday life. Secular culture would say I was crazy for entering into yet another financially difficult situation, but I had to.God had continually confirmed my convictions to enter seminary, and I took a leap of faith trusting in God's plan. Family and friends aided my first few months of school, but my funds soon ran out. Prayer after prayer was lifted up for God to provide. How could...
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The Importance Of The Old Testament - Dr. Doug Bookman

The Importance Of The Old Testament - Dr. Doug Bookman
Why is it important for Christians to know their Old Testament?  Dr. Doug Bookman, professor at Shepherds Theological Seminary, introduces this topic at The WEST Institute's 2013 CMC Conference. Dr. Bookman completed his M.Div. and Th.M. at Central Baptist Theological Seminary; and his Th.D. at Dallas Theological Seminary. After graduating from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and Central Seminary, Dr. Bookman served as pastor/teacher in Rock Falls, Wisconsin. He joined the faculty of Pillsbury College in 1973, taught there for eleven years, and eventually served as Chairman of the Bible Department. Following his time as professor of Bible at Pillsbury, Dr. Bookman continued to teach at various Bible colleges as well as to teach and pastor at local churches. During these years Dr. Bookman began to see the need for a renewed emphasis on the life of Christ and the nation of Israel. In 1987, Dr. Bookman joined the Bible Department...
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An Educated Ministry

An Educated Ministry
Chances are, if you had a serious life threatening problem, you would likely seek the council of a doctor.  Not only that, but a doctor that could remove it.  A doctor that was trained to take care of your problem, and you had trust and confidence in him not killing you!  If we are talking life and death, and we as Christians have answers to life's biggest sickness, then the question becomes, why don't we see ministry as this important?  Why are so many young and ambitious guys and gals flying into the ministry without any training?  You grew up in a Christian home, huh?  Great!  I grew up in a doctors home, so I can perform surgery now!    Ministry is not something to be taken lightly.  The role that you take on as a leader and shepherd of a flock, no matter who or what that flock looks like...
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Old Testament Survey - Dr. Bookman

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The Benefits Of Seminary To My Ministry

The Benefits Of Seminary To My Ministry
The benefits of learning so much in seminary were obvious while I was doing ministry as a seminary student, but I wondered just how much was going to stick afterward. I graduated in 2011 and in a year’s time it has been a blessing to enjoy the foundation God instilled through this amazing program! Not only do I still enjoy the Biblical framework I have been given, but I am realizing the joy of filling in the gaps. It has been a blessing to take the tools for learning into my ministry as a youth pastor. The more I learn, the more I know I have only scratched the surface of God’s word. Another habit I have gained through seminary is the joy of allowing God’s word to speak for itself. What a relief to know that I don’t need to dress up God’s word or use it to support...
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