Because he first served us
Sat Dec 07, 2013
by Kimm Crandall
Resurgence Roundup, 12/6/13
Fri Dec 06, 2013
by Mark Driscoll
God the great and powerful (and warm and wonderful)
Thu Dec 05, 2013
by Marsha Michaelis
The top 5 posts of November
Wed Dec 04, 2013
5 reasons to open your blinds
Tue Dec 03, 2013
by Andrew Lisi
Calling All Leaders
Are you a ministry leader looking to move to the next level? Are you looking for further training in theology and missiology to better lead your church or ministry?
If so, Re:Train is for you.
The Resurgence Training Center (Re:Train) is a one-year, intensive, cohort-based program designed to train leaders practically and theologically. The program is designed after popular “executive style” graduate programs to serve students currently serving in full-time ministry or for those who do not have time for semester-long courses. Students meet together in person eight times per academic year, with six weekend courses at regional hubs and two, week-long courses at Mars Hill Church in Ballard.
The Resurgence Training Center’s mission is to raise up leaders in gospel-saturated ministry to serve their churches in culturally accessible ways while remaining biblically faithful. This unique training is confessionally Reformed, convictionally complementarian, and committedly missional, empowered by the Spirit—by the church and for the church.
Registration for the 2012–2013 academic year is now open. Learn more about Re:Train
Re:Train Testimonial: Saxon Williams
My family’s journey to Re:Train began in North Carolina. My wife, Shannon, and I had been serving in full-time ministry for the last ten years on the East Coast when I heard about this unique training program. In 2010, after much prayer and consideration, my wife and I set out across the country with our four kiddos, vowing to take a year to start a business building custom homes and spend some much needed time together as a family, and then apply for Re:Train. Thinking back, I am still amazed we made such drastic changes not knowing if I would be accepted into the program. We were certain of the call and believed God would work out the details.
By God’s grace, at 34 years old, I received word in June 2011 that I would once again be taking on the title of student. The excitement wore off quickly as I came to two conclusions. First, we had little money. In nine months time, we had adopted a little girl from Ethiopia, resigned from our beloved church in NC, moved cross-country, and started a business—all with a house full of children who needed to eat and have a roof over their heads. We knew there were scholarships for students from Mars Hill churches, but we were attending a church two hours away from the nearest Mars Hill church. At the time, the tuition was $8,000. Even after allowing us to pay in increments, the cost was daunting.
Secondly, it had been many years since I had written a 20-page paper or engaged in hours of robust classroom discussions or read five books in a month. I was a self-employed husband and father of four. Suddenly, I felt very old. For every argument I made for why I should just step back before I made a fool of myself, Shannon would counter with reasons why I should keep moving forward.
Miraculously, work came pouring into my business, and we were able to begin making tuition payments. I nervously made the first two-hour trip to Seattle in August, not sure of what to expect. I was placed in an amazing church plant cohort where I have been challenged and driven to think and respond in new ways. The lectures were first-class and given by some of the most exceptional and brilliant minds today. The class and cohort discussions were phenomenal. The reading assignments were chosen with great intention. Not one second of the time I have spent with Re:Train has been squandered. Every discussion and every assignment has been beneficial and purposeful.
As I began sharing all I was learning with my pastor, he was also convinced of the great benefit of the program. Unexpectedly, Elevate Church began sending us random gifts of support to help us pay for tuition. The church was a replant itself, and our pastor had always felt strongly about supporting other church planters. We are so amazed by their gracious generosity.
Overall, this has been a very challenging year. There never seemed to be enough time, money, or energy to continue. Looking back, I am humbled to see how God provided everything I needed for this journey: a wife who supported my efforts with many hours of prayer and unyielding encouragement, work to provide for my family and help pay for school, a fantastic church that came alongside our family in a real and tangible way, gracious hosts in Seattle who offered me housing during my weekends at Re:Train, and a fantastic cohort of brothers who are passionate about Jesus and reaching people with the gospel.
This experience has been priceless. I am incredibly honored to have been a part of Re:Train.