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Ministering in Cologne, Germany

Ministering in Cologne, Germany
By: Adam Teeter, 2013 GraduateWhen we moved our family to Germany in the Autumn of 2016, there was only one thing certain for us - that God had led us there to serve the International Baptist Church of Cologne (IBCC). We left with little more than six months of savings, seven suitcases, and the plan to find work as an English Teacher in order to stay in Cologne. We knew this was a step of faith, but looking back, we had no idea just how much God was about to teach us about trusting Him!After initially getting settled, we spent the first few months searching and applying for jobs. Despite all our efforts and prayers, we never received a sufficient job offer or a work permit to remain in Germany. As our initial 6-month visa was drawing to a close, we were unsure what was coming ...
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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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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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Weminuchi 2016 Photo Gallery

Weminuchi 2016 Photo Gallery
A few highlights from the Weminuchi.
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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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Old Testament Survey - Dr. Bookman

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