As we approach the end of another year, we reflect with thanksgiving on the past, and look forward with faith to the future. As a Seminary we have much to praise God for: our student body of gifted and godly students, our faithful lecturers and staff, the development of the Pastors’ Academy with the recent addition of Neil Martin as Biblical Studies tutor, and the growing impact of the Flourish course. Like Samuel, we set up our “Ebenezer” and testify that the Lord has helped us. And God’s grace and faithfulness give us confidence that He will continue to bless the work, and give us grace to face the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.
We have been having discussions for some time with The Kensit Memorial Trust which owns the site of the Seminary. The Trust has now agreed to transfer the site to the Seminary, so that we can proceed with development of new accommodation and other facilities. We are very grateful for the fellowship of the Trust, and their generosity, as we both see this as the best way forward for developing the ministry of the Seminary. We share a common goal, to serve the church both in the UK and beyond by training a new generation of pastors and preachers. Please pray that the Lord would give wisdom, and provide our needs, as we make plans for the future.
One of the highlights of this term was the Lloyd-Jones memorial lecture in October, with Sinclair Ferguson speaking on “Preaching and Preachers.” His lecture was both informative and heartwarming; please do listen online. We were also very encouraged by the week of special lectures by Craig Carter on the theme of pre-critical exegesis, particularly in Isaiah. These lectures were much appreciated both by students and visiting pastors, and are now available online on our new podcast.
Please pray for our Open Day on 21 March, and Visit Days over the next few months, and encourage potential students to attend. We welcome all those considering a possible call to full-time ministry; these days are free of charge and without obligation.