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Be Inspired, Challenged, Equipped.

I like to think of myself as disciplined regarding the completion of tasks. I am also a curious self-learner. I pick up on ideas and concepts that resonate with my vision. However, I am vulnerable to the same liability as most people in that I do not know what I do not know if I have not been exposed to it. Confusing?

What I mean is that we tend to operate and process within our known world of thoughts, ideas, and function. That can keep us occupied. It can also keep us confined and limited. I was a baseball pitcher in high school, but there was no one to teach me how to develop an array of pitches. I was totally self-taught. I had good ball control and I developed a rather wicked curve ball on my own to complement my OK fast ball. But no one challenged me about adding other pitches to my arsenal. I did not grow and develop as a pitcher.

It is easy to stay within your known world – and not know what you are missing. It is easy to stay within your comfort zone – and not deepen or stretch. It is easy to think small without realizing it if you do not expose yourself to the challenge of thoughts and instruction from others. Inspiration will carry a person for a distance, but being challenged by new concepts and insights into the Word adds fuel to one’s tank – and greater distance in terms of quality and breadth of ministry. That is what working on a master’s degree did for me. It opened a window to a bigger world of people and thought and challenged me to think and reflect on an expanded scale. As one minister who is currently enrolled in graduate studies wrote to me, “I am finding [my studies] to be thoughtful, challenging, refreshing, and powerful.” Do you need to be challenged to go beyond where you are now? Our M.A. cohort with Wheaton College is an excellent opportunity. You might not get a chance like this again. Heed the voice.

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About The Author

Randall Bach
President of Open Bible Churches

Randall Bach delights in opportunities to serve the Lord, including his current assignment as president of Open Bible Churches. He and Barbara, his wife, have been in ministry for over 46 years and call it “Our adventure together.” Randall loves the church, pastors, and church leaders and is convinced that God loves to work through them to make disciples, develop leaders, and plant churches.