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AGSC Internship Fair 1-12-11 POSTPONED to 1-15-11
Alliance Graduate School of Counseling
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Has been POSTPONED
To Saturday, January 15, 2011
Time remains the same – 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
This August: Learning From the Global Church
A conference for strategic pastors and leaders
August 3-5, 2010
Promise International Fellowship, Flushing, NY
You are a part of a very select group of church leaders with major impact on large numbers
of lives in North America. With that in mind, the Center for Studies in Global Christianity, in partnership with Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary and Promise Church, has designed a conference just for you!
At "Learning from the Global Church," you will meet other renowned international church leaders for two full exciting days of enthusiastic exchange of ideas and empowerment. The format is designed to maximize group dialogue and exchange of best practices in the context of the North American church. To maintain the organization and exclusivity of this gathering, we will accept reservations from the first 200 people who register by July 3, 2010.
The Christian Church is vibrant and growing. "Learning from the Global Church" is a conference
where pacesetting leaders can learn and share the best ministry practices of the global church in the North American context. This meeting will foster the transfer of knowledge to edify the ministries of local congregations. Our speakers and participants will ignite or rekindle together the enthusiasm and dynamism of Christianity.
You don't want to miss this groundbreaking opportunity to come and reason together! For full details, download the attached brochure.
Dr. Elias Dantas
Center for Studies in Global Christianity
Dr. Nam Soo Kim
Promise International Fellowship
Dr. Michael G. Scales
Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary
This photo isn't a stock photo we got from some online bank of pictures to show that we're a diverse student group for propaganda's sake - the people in this photo are my friends - they're our students - they ARE Alliance Theological Seminary.
I've sometimes joked that, "We can't take the credit for the diversity here at ATS...it's just who we are." That's true, but you know what, by being mission-ally minded, as AB Simpson was, and by giving students a chance to pursue their seminary education who might not otherwise have that chance, we really are setting up the backdrop quite well for such a diverse group of believers.
When I go to other admissions events and they have pictures up on their displays that I know in my heart are stock photos purchased for the brochure in order to "show diversity," I love that our ATS material just shows US! We're a beautiful group of believers struggling to get the gospel of Jesus out to our many contexts.
I love this place!!!
A long time in coming.
When I was first hired, I was told that people take semesters, sometimes years, to finally decide to attend Seminary. I didn't "get it" and thought, "No, you either know it or you don't, there's no deciding."
It's proving to be true, but instead of being something discouraging, it's actually a source of hope. Like many in the scriptures who did not begin ministry right away or even when we would consider the "proper time," it makes me hopeful that people in their 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and some in their 60's are still stepping out and prayerfully considering the "next step" that is Seminary. I'm so dependent on immediate responses, that these seasons of waiting and thinking and seeking and praying, become training grounds themselves to prepare students for what they need to be here.
As some new students began this spring, it was refreshing to see that God's voice was being heard and heeded by men and women as they step into the training ground that is Alliance Theological Seminary.
It IS never too late.
The fall semester is now underway with some 160 new ATS students combined at our Rockland and Manhattan campuses. It is so encouraging to see that, even in this time of financial turmoil in our country, there are still men and woman, called of God, who are willing to step out in faith to pursue their mission. I can think of two pastors from Asia who are studying here, their families back home, but still willing to pursue the call.
I asked one of them, "Do you miss your family?"
"Of course," he replied, "always. Hopefully they can come, but we must pursue the call."
THE CALL - still being answered at ATS in 2009!