On my last blog from Moody, I was sharing some thoughts on attending the conference for the 21st time. I reflected on making the commitment to attend every year and pretty much following through on the commitment annually since 1987. I would like to share a few more thoughts on this issue if I may.
I have enjoyed over the years being part of the dorm life at MBI. Because I was a non-traditional student when I started at Philadelphia College of Bible in the fall of 1981(I was 24 years old and Debbie was pregnant with our second child) I never experienced living in a college dorm. I guess you could say in my 21 weeks at Moody, I have completed a semester of college life living on campus. I have enjoyed the fellowship and friendships that have developed. Though the last 2 years I have had private suites (I use the term suite very loosely) I still enjoy the experience of being in the college environment. I especially enjoy the experience with other staff or friends who have attended the conference with me.
The final reason the Pastor’s conference is on my annual calendar is my commitment to personal growth. Some pastors arrive at a point where they feel they no longer need to be challenged to grow spiritually. Folks, I have not arrived yet at that point in my career and I do not think I ever will. I hope not anyway. I do not want to ever stop growing or being challenged to be a better servant for Christ than I already am. Though I completed my Master’s degree in counseling while pastoring two churches in Western PA and completed ¾ of a doctorate in Biblical counseling during my last few years in Michigan, I see it as profoundly important to understand what is happening in our world and its needs, and to be in touch with a real time resource.
Last year while at Moody, I attended a workshop on Biblical software (Logos) for the computer. That resulted in me purchasing Logos and shifting my study away from books and primarily to the computer. This shift has been difficult and at times frustrating. But Logos has become another tool in my arsenal to help me to be a better student of God’s Word. I do not want to stop growing and learning in my spiritual life. What are the things you are doing to continue to grow in your spiritual life? Are you aware of the danger of just going through the motions in your spiritual life? I hope you also will have a deep desire to continue to grow and walk closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. How can I help you in your journey?
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Rich Sivo