Waypoints: Plotting a Course to Calling Waypoint 5: Denver Seminary
Waypoint 5 – Denver Seminary, Littleton, CO
We arrived to Denver, Colorado pleased that our hard work and efforts had paid off in us being able to afford buying a condo at a rate where our monthly mortgage payments were ridiculously cheap. I took some of this as providence in our ability to find something close to Darcy’s work and my schooling. I focused on ministry learning in the areas of youth ministry, pastoral ministry and pastoral counseling. By learning these skills and the intellectual “how-to’s” in ministry I hope to become even more effective as I move into full time ministry. Increasing my breadth of knowledge is important as I move forward and examine options that may be available to me. I also have attended my first PDYM conference at Saddleback Church in California, which helped me gain new aspects and ides for carrying this philosophy of ministry into different contexts. Academically, I have also been published for the first time and am working on being published on other articles. I hope that this will enable me to keep doors open in the realm of getting a PhD in social work someday. The final area of Seminary is my continued growth in Critical Incident Stress Management. CISM is a reason that I chose seminary and have worked on being a contributing member and being deployed into the dark areas of people’s lives.
Ken Caryl Church
The church I found is Ken Caryl church, which I chose quickly upon arriving in seminary to get myself aligned with a mentor and pursue the TM program. Its good because I got a church quickly after I got here, not so good because I feel that after three years, I could be doing a better job in ministry at another church and I’m not sure that this church and it’s preaching aligns with what I believe, and it doesn’t give my wife what she needs. I practice leadership as a softball coach here, and also work on my biggest vice in coaching and maintaining a level head in ministry and competition. I am mentoring a college-aged student weekly between two classes on Monday and teaching him how to run a small group. On Wednesday’s we put what we discussed into practice in a small group of 4 boys.
Currently, I am a social worker in hospice hunting my first ministry placement. My Ministry life has taken my wife and I to Southern Gables Church where we volunteer teach for a young marrieds class co-taught by two other seminary graduates. I have graduated Denver Seminary and Published my first book, “99 Thoughts for Caring for your Youth Group.” God’s call in my life seems to extend to different age groups although I am particularly fond of the Youth Ministry/College Ministry context. I am open to wherever God may use my skills as a social worker, minister, pastoral caregiver and crisis clinician.