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The Teaching Church; Me As Teacher


By the Rev. David M. Crosby, January 19, 2016

One of the numerous joys of being your Associate, so close to Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), are the opportunities I have to share in your pastoral ministry as a “teaching church” for those the Church raises up as future leaders. It also affords me many opportunities to ‘give back’ to my seminary.

As I have been a priest now for more than three years, I am stepping in the realm of becoming a VTS Field Education supervisor working with seminarians. Pilar Padrón, a middler from the Diocese of Western New York, will join us January 31st for the next year and a half; I will be her supervisor. [We will share a profile regarding Pilar in an upcoming edition of The Almond Tree.

I had a positive field ed experience in NW Washington D.C. during seminary, and I look forward to enhancing my own leadership skills as part of this new work. Pilar is presently in the Holy Land with a VTS immersion group, but she is already giving thought and prayer to identifying her growing edges and learning goals to develop a Learning Covenant for her time here at Immanuel. I will be asking some of you to prayerfully consider if you might work directly with Pilar, and indirectly with me, on her Seminarian Lay Committee.

A blurb about working with seminarians from our website: “A lay committee is convened for each seminarian completing his/her field education during the academic year at Immanuel. The lay committee is established on an ad hoc basis and consists of five to seven members who are requested to serve by the clergy, as well as a representative from the Vestry. Essentially the purpose of the lay committee is twofold: to assist the seminarian in his or her development as a Christian minister; and to walk with the seminarian as fellow pilgrims and disciples, who share in common the joys and struggles of life and faith, growing and learning together.”

Please continue your thoughts, prayers and encouragement for our senior seminarians, Kyle Martindale and Rachel Shows, as they complete their field education experience with us, and be ready to welcome Pilar as she begins her learning and ministry among us. Pray for me also.

Blessings & Peace,