January 28th, 2016|Comments Off on Why a PhD in biblical counselling?
I'm studying toward a PhD in Biblical Counselling at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The reason I'm studying for a PhD isn't because I want a few letters before my name, in fact letters are quite meaningless to [...]
Serving the New Zealand church
Background & Purpose
After spending 15 years in a variety of technology roles, the Lord provided the desire and opportunity to undertake studies in preparation for ministry. Initially I thought I would return to New Zealand to become a pastor of a local church, and my training prepared me for this, but the Lord closed that door and opened the opportunity for academic ministry in New Zealand.
With this in mind, my desire is to use the gifting the Lord has given me to serve the church in New Zealand by training pastors, church leaders and counsellors to faithfully minister the Word of God to the people of God so that they develop a love for and obedience to His revealed will, and grow in the true knowledge of Him (Col 1:9-10), and are able to train others to do the same.
Having completed a Bachelor of Arts in biblical counselling at The Master’s College and a Master of Divinity at The Master’s Seminary in California, I’m now studying toward a PhD in biblical counselling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to my major in biblical counselling, I am also minoring in biblical spirituality. It is a privilege to participate in learning at this level and it bears a responsibility to disseminate this information and learning to the church. The ministry of The Shepherd’s Bible College provides an opportunity to do just this. I have the privilege of working at The Shepherd’s Bible College in Hastings, where I am responsible for the development of the school and the recruitment of students.
The Shepherd’s Bible College has been established since 2000, and gained accreditation with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority in 2006.
Partner with us
The Shepherd’s Bible College is a small school, and while we have plans to grow over the next few years, the school cannot provide for all our needs. If you would like to share in this ministry consider partnering with us. There are two ways to partner with us.
Join us in prayer
Firstly, please pray for us. The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps (Prov 16:9), therefore, while we plan and work, we are always dependent on the Lord. Pray that we will consistently seek to be faithful to the Lord and His commands, and to prioritize correctly. Pray for our girls and our marriage. Pray also for the Lord’s provision for our needs. We periodically send out an email that explains how people can pray for us.
We are currently supported by the generosity of the Lord’s people. Your support allows us to meet our current family needs as well as some of the needs related to the cost of studying in the United States while living in New Zealand. If you are interested in contributing to our needs, there are several one-off options below, or contact me to talk further.