Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Journeying to The Master's Seminary

The next step to fulfilling a 17 year personal dream to be trained for and enter the full-time ministry of our great Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, is now just inside three months away. That would be to enter at arguably the best expository preaching training facility in the world – The Master’s Seminary (TMS).
You can take a good look at what makes TMS distinct from other facilities at www.tms.edu and click on "TMS Distinctives".  Check out "Why TMS?" for two personal testimonies, or you can join me for a short presentation follwed by lunch, after the service on Sunday, 19 June at Auckland Bible Church’s cafĂ© (approximately 12 noon).
It is a great privilege to have unqualified support and commendation which has come from Auckland Bible Church, The Shepherd’s Bible College and others. I leave Auckland at 2:30pm on 26 August and the first class starts four days later, after having sat three entrance tests.
The first semester landscape includes Hermeneutics, OT Studies, Hebrew Grammar, Historical Theology, Preaching Intro and Church Ministries.
The best way to keep in touch while I'm at TMS is through my email, Lawrence.pickering1@gmail.com. Initial digs are at 21613 Placerita Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91326 (opposite from The Masters College) and phone, c/o Drs Mark & Lisa Tatlock: (818) 799-2842 (my next post will see this changed).
Check this out: I'll be only a five minute drive from Six Flags Magic Mountain, but 25 minutes from TMS!
Meantime the friendly doc, dentist, eye specialist, insurance man, employer and rest-home manager have all given their big tick; of course after taking their slice of the pie first :)  
You can contact my daughter Jillian Vivian at jillian@platinumprojects.co.nz / 021 329 755 for NZ info updates. I will still have a footprint in NZ to return to, annually in July. 
In the Lord's perfect timing, my son Reuben is also being led to full-time pastoral ministry, and undertaking the program at TMS at the same time as me.  What a provision from God to have he and Verity close by in LA.  The three of us were amazed late last year, that while in the spa having a catch up, we soon discovered that we both had the exact same news to share with eachother: applying to study at TMS!

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