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From Rev. Chuck Jenner, our Theological Education Representative:
Thank you all for your active participation in God's mission to the world through the Church and the important role of theological education.
Let me share a recent experience regarding theological education or, more pointedly, the lack thereof. As many of you know I work part-time on a golf course. Many of the summer employees are recent high school grads or college students. Recently I talked to one of the kids, a grad of a prominent private Christian high school. He is very active in his congregation and wants to be a "Worship Leader-Church musician-Christian composer." As we were discussing his sense of calling, I said, "Andrew, I would love to see you put the Apostles' Creed to contemporary music."
"What's that?" he replied.
"What is that - unh - Apostles something."
"The Apostles Creed! Don't you use the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed in worship, at least once in a while?"
"No. We just use the Bible. Why should we use a - unh - creed?"
"To show that the congregation is a part of the Body of Christ world-wide."
"But we are not in a denomination. We are independent!"