First, I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to go back to school. Thank you to the church council, members of SOTH and our staff for the encouragement and support. Thank you for your prayers, words of support and your financial support. I could not do this without your help in all of these ways. Thank you!
Second, I am also exceptionally anxious. Like many adults I have a deep-seated fear of looking stupid! In many ways I pray for the open, vulnerable, unassuming freedom of my niece and nephew who have no fear of not knowing. In part, being a learner means that you first must admit your ignorance. You must admit there are things you don’t know. It is a vulnerable position. It is a humbling position; especially for someone like me (and maybe you too) who likes to be in control and create the illusion that I know what I’m doing! I am asking to be kept in your prayers, and I’m asking for your kindness as I strive to be vulnerable in the learning process. I’m sure I will quickly learn how much I don’t know!
Lastly, I hope you will join me along the way. I plan to write occasionally about my learning and post occasionally on our website and our Facebook page. I want to be sure you have the opportunity to learn along with me, and overhear some of the joys and struggles of church leadership. In many ways now is one of the most challenging times in recent history to be in church leadership. In many ways now is one of the most exciting and opportune times to be in church leadership. As always, whether we are in a time of growth and stability, or in a time of challenge and decline, God’s promise is to be with us, love us and bring new life. We are in this together! So ready or not, here we go!
Below you can download the syllabi for the two courses I’m taking this fall. You can also download my schedule for this first week of classes and my orientation weekend. I’d love to hear your questions and thoughts. I will be on campus at Duke August 9-17 to meet my colleagues, get oriented and spend a week in class. Look for pictures and updates on our Facebook page during my first week.
Thank you for this opportunity! I look forward to all that is in store!
Peace - Pastor Scott