LAMP would like to take the opportunity to congratulate our two most recent graduates, Thomas Rayborn and Jordan Lorow. Thomas, after putting his seminary degree on hold because he was unable to move geographically, completed his Master of Divinity through LAMP Theological Seminary at his local church. Jordan, who has been working in ministry full-time as the Worship and Youth Director at Christ Covenant Church for over ten years, completed his Bachelor of Divinity through LAMP. Both men had to balance the responsibilities of family, ministry, and career while they worked toward their degrees. LAMP’s unique structure allows students to work toward a BDiv or MDiv while serving in ministry, working a job, or raising a family – situations that usually stand in the way of attending a brick and mortar seminary,
“LAMP was truly a blessing for my family and me. Being able to continue in full-time ministry while working towards a seminary degree is an amazing opportunity,” said Jordan. “LAMP provides avenues to accommodate the student’s schedule as well as providing a hands-on curriculum that incorporates everyday ministry situations into its syllabus.” Through LAMP, students have the flexibility to continue with their day-to-day responsibilities while taking their seminary courses. Each course is 6-weeks long. Students complete their class lessons individually and then meet with their facilitator to engage in discussion. LAMP is now adding a new accommodation to its program: Virtual Facilitation. Virtual Facilitation provides even more flexibility to students and allows Learning Sites to focus on mentorship.
The adaptability of the program does not take away from the core content of the curriculum. “The courses were challenging, stretching me spiritually and academically, and were solidly reformed in their theology and practical ministry focus,” said Thomas. “To be successful in the LAMP degree programs, you will have to be self-disciplined and committed to what God has called you to. Whether you go for your Bachelors or Masters of Divinity, it won’t be easy. It will be a lot of hard work, long hours, much prayer, study, and writing. I believe that if you apply yourself, you will get every bit as good of an education as you would at an on-site seminary that will charge 8-10 times as much. You will get out of LAMP what you put in.”
With his Masters in Divinity, Thomas hopes to plant a church in his hometown and pastor full-time. He and his wife will attend the MNA Church Planter Assessment Program in the Spring. Since completing his degree, Jordan was installed and ordained as an Assistant Pastor at Christ Covenant Church. He currently continues his ministries, serving now as the Worship and Youth Pastor. Excited to get involved in the local presbytery, he has joined the Care Committee.
We are so pleased with the positive impact LAMP has had in the lives of Thomas and Jordan! If you are interested in any of our programs, please visit our website (www.lampseminary.org) or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.