This week thousands gospel-minded ministry leaders will gather in Louisville, Kentucky at an event called Together for the Gospel. Accomplishing many things, the conference reminds us of the importance of the gospel, its place in ministry, and its power to bring hope to a lost and dying world. At the same time, this gathering of gospel-minded brothers and sisters provides countless opportunities to fellowship together. In truth, after the worship in song and Scripture, my favorite part of T4G is reuniting with seminary friends who minister all over the globe and to scheme with many of them for upcoming gospel projects.
It’s this latter goal—what I like to call gospel scheming—that prompts this post.
Indianapolis Theological Seminary at Together for the Gospel
The one gospel venture I’m most excited about this week is gathering with pastors from Indiana to meet for breakfast on Wednesday morning to talk about Indianapolis Theological Seminary.
For more than 7 years (as a youth pastor and senior pastor) I ministered in the Hoosier State. And though rejoicing in the place God has moved us to serve (Occoquan Bible Church in Woodbridge, Virginia), I still love the state of Indiana and pray for the people and the pastors there.
More specifically, over the last year I’ve joined a group of pastors to pray and plan, to dream and develop a local seminary in Indianapolis. The name of the school is Indianapolis Theological Seminary, a school that “exists to collaborate with local churches for biblical and theological training unto the glory of God.”
While at first, this “school” was little more than a dream and a desire for a local seminary to equip pastors and teachers, it has in the last eighteen months become a growing reality. ITS had its first class last fall. It has begun to make partnerships with other seminaries to offer classes for credit. And it is looking to begin a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Ministry this fall .
- Check out the website to learn more.
- Join us for breakfast on Wednesday at 7:00am in the Aloft Hotel. (Please RSVP) if you are an Indiana pastor and at Together for the Gospel.
- Consider taking a class, if you are within driving distance of Indianapolis. This fall, a Greek class will be offered. And Steven Wellum and myself will co-teach Systematic Theology I.
- And most importantly, PRAY—pray that the founding directors would have wisdom in laying the foundation of this school and that God would grant growth as he desires.
May God be pleased to raise up leaders and laborers to advance the gospel in Indiana and around the world.
Soli Deo Gloria, ds