Dayton, Ohio - In a transformative week of study and worship, General Secretary Rev. Dr. Elvin Sadler, along with the distinguished faculty, staff, and a cohort's of 250 Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) students gathered at United Theological Seminary for their Spring Intensive in Dayton, Ohio. The atmosphere was charged with intellectual rigor, spiritual exploration, and a shared commitment to ministry.
The hallmark of the week was the exhaustive yet rewarding workload of classes, a testament to the dedication of educators and students. The General Secretary - Auditor of The A.M.E. Zion Church, Rev. Dr. Elvin Sadler, who also serves as the Dean of the United Theological Seminary Doctoral Program, led the charge in fostering an environment that propelled individuals towards academic excellence and spiritual growth.
The cornerstone of this liberating experience was the impactful preaching that resonated throughout the campus. Notable speakers, including Rev. Dr. Dominique Robinson, Rev. Dr. Gina Stewart, and Rev. Dr. Joel Gregory, graced the stage, delivering sermons that stirred the souls of the D.Min students. The plenary teachings from Rev. Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns and Rev. Jerry M. Carter, Jr., Ph.D., added depth and insight, enriching the intellectual tapestry of the week.
Amidst the theological exploration, the students had the privilege of basking in the wisdom of these esteemed scholars. Rev. Dr. Elvin Sadler encouraged them to "do their best to present themselves to God as approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15, NRSV). This scripture became a guiding light, inspiring students to embrace their calling confidently and competently.
The week concluded with a palpable readiness to embark on the ministry journey. As the D.Min students disperse, their hearts are filled with gratitude for the opportunity to delve into diverse study areas under renowned scholars' mentorship. A collective celebration and prayer resonate for each Zion scholar, acknowledging their unique paths and contributions to the Kingdom.
In the spirit of continuous growth and enlightenment, the Spring Intensive at United Theological Seminary has set a precedent for future academic and spiritual endeavors, fostering a community dedicated to advancing the divine calling of ministry.
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