I had the honor of being featured on the 200Churches Podcast – a podcast heard around the world for the purpose of encouraging small church pastors in ministry. Even if you aren’t in ministry, I hope & pray this conversation encourages you in your faith!
Here’s the episode: http://www.buzzsprout.com/8862/914865-episode-308-focus-on-your-strengths-in-small-church-ministry-with-tyler-ramsbey
I have recently been accepted into the Doctor of Ministry program at Sioux Falls Seminary. Those of you who have been following my blog, you know that I have also recently finished my Master of Divinity through Sioux Falls Seminary (others may be wondering if I will ever be done with school – probably not!)
To help with finances, I will also be working as a Teaching Assistant at the seminary and helping train future pastors (which I am super excited about!). This will be in addition to my calling as the Lead Pastor of Renovation Church and the host of The Blue Light Podcast in Garretson! (I also occasionally work at Southeast Technical Institute a few days each semester to help out when it is busy).
I wrote this post to give all of you a short update on what is going on in my life. The way a doctorate program works is it is geared around a master project or a master thesis. More than likely, this will be a 100-page scholarly research paper that adds value to the Church. My research will be built around spiritual formation and church leadership – helping pastors find their identity in Christ rather than in the empty success of church attendance, church finances, or other so-called indicators of “success” in ministry.
If I could paint my “ideal” future, it would be teaching theology or spiritual formation at the college/seminary level on a part-time basis while continuing to pastor Renovation Church in Garretson.
Your prayers are much appreciated as I begin this new journey!
In the message I shared this past Sunday at Renovation Church, I had the honor of teaching through the greatest failure of Peter’s life – his three denials of Jesus Christ. In a similar manner, I would argue that the vast majority of American Christians are also guilty of denying Jesus in a way that is more subtle but just as dangerous – we worship an American Jesus rather than the Jesus of the Bible.
What exactly do I mean? I invite you to get a Bible & a notebook and watch the message below!
(If you are reading this in your e-mail you will have to go to the actual page to watch the message.)
I am going to be leading a 3-week small group around the topic “How To Study the Bible” based out of material from the “Multiply” book by Francis Chan. I believe this is so important for everyone to experience that I am offering it both in-person in Garretson, SD and online via Google Hangouts.
The in-person small group will meet on the following Saturdays at 8am at O So Good in Garretson. If you live in the Garretson area, I’d be honored to have you join me.
- Saturday, January 19th @ 8am
- Saturday, January 26th @ 8am
- Saturday, February 2nd @ 8am
Here’s a link to the Facebook Event for the in-person small group.
The online small group will meet on the following Tuesdays at 10pm via Google Hangouts. In order to use Google Hangouts you need a Gmail account and a webcam. For questions, send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment.
- Tuesday, January 15th @ 10pm
- Tuesday, January 22nd @ 10pm
- Tuesday, January 29th @ 10pm
Here’s a link to the Facebook Event for the online small group.