Aside from the occasional seminar when teaching or youth pastoring, I haven't been a student since April 2000 when I graduated from university. At that time I was so sick of school, after 5 long years, that I had no interest in furthering my formal education any time soon.
Well, it's been 7 1/2 years and I'm ready to start up again. I'm registered to take a course with the Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development at Covenant College. It's a distance learning course of 4 weeks that I can get certification for. This first course is called "Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry." It addresses the question of poverty and is the prerequisite for a few other courses that I want to take from them too:
"Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development"It lasts 4 weeks and only costs $75. One problem is that that book I need for it hasn't arrived in Kamloops yet for a team to bring down on Saturday. Maybe I'll need to have it scanned... :(
"Promoting Church-Centered Savings and Credit Associations"
"Partnering with Large-Scale Microenterprise Development Providers"
"Providing Small Business Training to Low-Income Entrepreneurs"
I'm excited about what I'll be learning as these are things I'd like to base my future mission agency on. Here's to an A.