Since Tuesday I have been going through orientation here at GCTS. While most of it is old news for me due to having moved here 3 months ago, I did register today and thought I would share my class schedule with you. Oh, good news, I took a New Testament and an Old Testament Competency exam and passed out of two survey courses. What this means is that I have 2 elective courses that have opened up for me. This is very exciting because the MDiv program here is pretty much mapped out for us (26 of our 30 courses are mandatory), but some of the mandatory courses do have options. For example, I need to take a course in Christian Ethics and there are 3 or 4 courses that would fulfill that requirement. Now that I have passed out of the OT & NT survey courses, I have 6 electives to play with instead of just 4, which is so nice considering that there are so many courses I want to take, but I just can't fit them all in! Anyway, here is my schedule for this fall:
Basic Greek M,W,F 8-9 am
Exegesis of the Elijah and Elisha Narratives M 1:15-4:15 pm
Introduction to the Old Testament T 1:15-4:15 pm
Personal Evangelism through the Local Church W 6-9 pm
Introduction to Pastoral Counseling F 1:15-4:15
A few comments:
1. Yes, I am taking 5 courses, which is considered to be a heavy load (most take four), but I have taken Greek before, so that should be more review than anything, and I am not yet heavily involved with our church yet, and I have a job that allows me to study as I work. Additionally, I am use to taking 5 courses per semester when I was at Hillsdale.
2. The exegesis course is my Hebrew class.
3. I am very excited to get started. I have been antsy lately, especially when Kim is at work and I am home bored.
4. I have already met and visited with 4 of my professors here and have been very impressed with how welcoming and personal they have all been. You can sense here that there is a very heavy emphasis with in the administration and faculty concering each student's spiritual life and character. It's humbling to see how much prayer there is on campus among the students and faculty. It certainly has been encouraging and motivating for my own prayer time. By the way, if you have something for which I can pray for you, please let me know via comments or shoot me an e-mail. This could be a one-time thing or I can add you to my weekly prayer list. Prayer is refreshing in and of itself for the soul, and then you add on top of it that God actually listens and acts upon them is utterly astonishing. I will write more concerning my classes as the semester proceeds. Ta, ta for now.