Over the finish line

Last week marked a big occasion in the Rose household- I came to the end of an intense two-year period of studying at Cranmer Hall, Durham University. That means I am officially the first of Andy Byers‘ Free Church Track students to make it to the end of the BATM (Bachelors Degree in Theology, Ministry and Mission). It has been quite a journey, and the workload in 2017 has been bonkers. I have submitted about 24,500 words of essays and sat an exam (my first since 1993), not to mention juggling church and home responsibilities.

Fair to say that I am experiencing an odd cocktail of elation and (punch) drunkenness right now!

Once the dust has settled, I aim to write about my experiences and stuff I learned along the way. I’ve tried to remind myself regularly that this is really not “my” degree, but “our” degree (“our” being York City Church, Christ Central Churches and other people and groups I serve from time to time). When God gives us grace it is grace for everyone (for the many, not the few!!) I feel like I have learned how to learn, and I hope that makes me a better theological educator/communicator in the long run. I’ve been surprised to learn that some of the things I was less keen on to start with have gripped me in deeper ways than I could have imagined at the beginning. I have learned that…hang on, I think I’ll save some of this for later 😉

I don’t quite know what to do with myself this week, but it is nice to be able to read a book of my own choosing without having to write a critique or create a reference. Next up is some teaching for the Christ Central crew in Rochdale next week.

Now what shall I pull out of the bag? There’s plenty to choose from…




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