Friday, December 28, 2012

Seminary update, winding down to the end!

It is hard to believe that it has been nearly 3 1/2 years since I was accepted at Crown Seminary and Graduate School. Steadily over the years and months I have been plugging away at earning my Master's in Ministry degree. Last night I uploaded my most recent course, CM581 Ministry Practicum, and I only have one more course to take, CM 598 Theological Research and Thesis.

You just can't imagine how good it feels to know that I'm about to accomplish something that I have only dreamed about all of my life. For a young man that hated school when I was growing up, I sure have tortured myself to be educated in my adult life. Starting with graduating in 1990 with my A.S. in Electronics, then graduating in 2004 with my B.S. in Technical Management, and now, Lord willing, graduating in 2013 with a Master's in Ministry. I'm not bragging, trust me, I'm more in amazement that I have been able to do it all!

One thing that I've learned over the years, unless you start something, you'll never finish. I can remember thinking "I should go back to school," and then three of four years later thinking, "man, I should've went back to school and I would already be finished." It just takes stepping out and doing it.

I will say that of all of my degrees and education, this degree in ministry means more to me than anything else. It may not make a difference in my future or in job advancements or anything like that, but on a personal level I feel satisfied. I have actually learned and enjoyed learning in this program. All of my previous degree programs have just been a chore that I have gotten through just to say I earned a degree.

Well, if you have bothered to read to this point you either really care or you need to get a life! :) Hopefully after graduation I can devote a little more time to blogging on Tug's Life and recount more old stories. Until then, please remember me and my family in your prayers, that we would always do what the Lord would have us to do.


Mary December 31, 2012 at 2:23 PM  

I'm really proud of you! It hasn't always been easy but you are going to make it!

Deb Goodrich Bisel January 1, 2013 at 1:14 PM  

Byron, congratulations and what a great example for your kids and your congregation. Our God has given us an incredible world and a mind and heart to learn. We should never stop honoring that gift by becoming lazy and indifferent. There is so much to learn!!!!

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