Aaron Keller is a “Pastoral Intern” here at FBC. He writes about himself:
"But by the grace of God I am what I am." —1 Corinthians 15:10a
I had the great privilege of growing up in a home with parents who loved me. But I was blessed even more so to have parents who loved Jesus more, and thus brought me to church. It was there that I learned I was a sinner and in need of God's grace and forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ. I owe so very much of who I am to the faith of my parents.
Yet there comes a time in everyone's life where one has to ground themselves in something other than their parents. That time for me, happened over several years starting on a mission's trip when I was a teenager and following it through working at a Christian summer camp for several years. It was in these two experiences that I discovered that God was calling me to something more than just church attendance. He was calling me to ministry. As C.S. Lewis put it, God was calling me "to go further up and further in."
That call led me through the Air National Guard to New England Bible College where I met my wife Sara. We were married four years later and I had finally finished my bachelor's degree. Those four years were full of God really getting a hold of my life, confronting deeply rooted sin, and getting me to the place where He needed me.
Now I'm here at First Baptist Church of Waldoboro with still so much to learn and so much I want to share. Sara and I have answered this call to go deeper with God and deeper with all of you. We are incredibly blessed with the opportunity to minister here and can't wait for what God has in store for us all!
First Baptist Church has partnered with Faith Bible Seminary to reinvent Pastoral Training.
The next round of internships will begin in 2019. We will begin accepting applications in 2018.
First Baptist Church recognizes the need for "a new approach" to pastoral training. We also recognize the need to not only be a church that "calls those who are trained," but also a church that "trains those who are called." One of the ways we seek to do this, is through our Pastoral Training Program.
Why A New Approach?
First Baptist Church recognizes the challenges that are often present in a traditional seminary model:
- The high cost of seminary training, resulting in some students graduating with significant debt.
- The lack of practical ministry experience and hands-on training.
- The significant pressures on students (and possbily wives and children) due to the heavy seminary and job workload.
- The need to sometimes relocate to another part of the country to attend a Bible-believing seminary.
A Unique Solution:
The Master of Divinity program (from Faith Bible Seminary) at First Baptist Church in Waldoboro is unique in its approach.
Each student is hired as an intern at First Baptist. The student works in practical ministry at the church three to four days per week year-round for three years. While serving as an intern, they receive MDiv level academic training from Faith Bible Seminary credentialed faculty, through a LIVE, INTERACTIVE, video feed.
The students enrolled in this internship program are only charged $1500 per year for tuition and are given free housing and a stipend (to cover living expenses) while they are in school.
This means that:
- First Baptist receives additional staff support and is actively involved in training men for ministry.
- The student graduates with experience, no debt, and a spiritually and emotionally strong family.
All applicants must submit BOTH an application to Faith Bible Seminary AND an application for the First Baptist Church Internship Program.
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