From The Principals Desk
My Dear Friends
Leaders For the Next Phase
There is arguably no more abrupt words in Scripture than what God said to Joshua “Moses, my servant is dead” (Josh. 1:2)! But what immediately follows is the Lord’s command for the new leader to ready the people and to cross over into the highly anticipated Promised Land.
It has become clear to me over my past 16 years of involvement at the seminary that the Lord is constantly raising up new leaders not so much to simply replace the previous, but to continue the good work already begun. Our new year was thus greeted with expectations of new opportunities! Following a wonderful year focussing on our 40th anniversary celebrations, we recognised that 2014 would be a new year with some significant personnel changes due to colleagues who were retiring.
We formally welcomed and inducted Dr Paul Hartwig as senior lecturer and welcomed, ordained and inducted Rev Marius De Villiers as Foundation Director and lecturer. It was also though with sadness that we received the resignation of Rev Garth Aziz who has taken up a position at UNISA, but praise the Lord for an able replacement in Rev Clayton Alexander. It is an absolute blessing to see how the Lord has provided by means of folk who are part of the seminary’s own alumni! It is also evidence that the process of leadership development is coming full circle as our own students are eventually returning as “faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2) in the seminary context.
At the seminary we are not just simply driven by a philosophy of “out with the old, in with the new” but rather a process of managing necessary change while being sensitive to what we believe the Spirit of the Lord already facilitates with the main purpose of bringing glory to God and the furtherance of His kingdom. It is always exciting to see the men and women who have studied over a period of years, to graduate and enter into the field, well equipped (humanly speaking) to share the Gospel to a world that often does not even realize its greatest need for that very Gospel.
We believe that we are entering into the Promised Land phase of our history, not as a goal or to say that we have arrived, but rather recognition of a new phase and space of ministry responsibility. When people of Israel arrived in the Promised Land, they quickly learned that it was going to mean more work and more trusting in the Lord. It is our prayer that the grace of the Lord that has sustained us over the first 40 years, will continue to do so for this next phase of our desire to train ministry leaders. By His grace and your friendship, we believe that this is possible.
Your friend in Christ
Dr Linzay Rinquest