Your People My People is always encouraged to hear good news stories of what God is doing in Israel, and when we heard about 13 Arab and 11 Jewish pastors, all graduating their Masters degree together, we are excited to share it with you too!
|Arab & Jewish MA Graduates|
The graduation ceremony at Israel College of the Bible this year was particularly special, marking 25 years since it was founded in the coastal city of Netanya. Dr. Erez Soref, President of the College, who gave the formal address to the graduates wrote: “This past week we had the final week-long course of the first-ever senior pastors' MA. In this unique program we served and trained 24 of the leading pastors in Israel - 13 Arab evangelical brothers and 11 Messianic Jewish brothers. Throughout this year, it has been incredible to experience the blessing in getting to know each other, and tasting heaven in the love and unity among these precious brothers. We were able to discuss difficult and painful issues in a spirit of love and forgiveness. We learned to be transparent with each other in challenging and personal issues, sharing hearts. While all this was a wonderful, inspiring, and very meaningful secondary gain, the main thing has been a fantastic opportunity for renewal, and a positive spiritual, ministerial and academic challenge and encouragement for all participants. We have concluded this year with a few days of discussing various leadership issues, praying for each one, washing each other's feet, and taking the Lord's supper.”
In our Western society, someone who wants to become a pastor, vicar, or church leader, will normally go into formal study and training first, and emerge ordained for the ministry. Not usually so in Israel! Very often a mature believer will find that younger followers of Yeshua have gathered around to learn and be discipled, and they are already pastoring a small congregation before they know it. The fact that Israeli pastors are seeking more formal opportunities for Bible study and learning is a testament to their hunger for the things of God and their desire to grow and mature into strong and wise leaders.
Is it possible that this kind of study can be made more widely available to Israeli Congregational leaders? Is it possible that Jews and Arabs can study in the same classroom together with a common purpose? Is it possible that Arab and Jewish Israelis can live in unity and peace with each other, serving Yeshua/Jesus as One New Man? “With God all things are possible!”
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