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A Personal Update

There’s been a lot going on lately. As much as I dislike writing about my personal life on my public blog, I want to give a quick update to inform readers of this site about some life changes. This personal update mostly consists of two things: a degree and a pastoral ministry call.

A Degree

For those who have been keeping track of my seminary journey, here’s an update: I’m officially a Master of Divinity graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary. I graduated with honors which, of course, is only possible by God’s grace. I give glory to God for the opportunity to formally study Christian theology at an amazing institution.

My time at Covenant was life-changing. I know that sounds like hype in a world filled with exaggerative descriptions, but that first sentence is true. I have grown so much in my personal sanctification, self-awareness, preaching, counseling, biblical knowledge, and theological acumen. While seminary cannot possibly give me everything I need for a lifetime of faithful Christian ministry, I certainly have a strong foundation to build upon.

That said, it was hard. Probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m exhausted. Seminary is not a theological and personal paradise as some make it out to be. It is financially, mentally, and emotionally exhausting; it’s hard on you and your family.

But I suppose this is the perfect formula for formal ministry preparation.

Speaking of ministry . . .

A Pastoral Ministry Call

I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted the call to serve as associate pastor of Bethesda Evangelical Church here in St. Louis, Missouri. With over 100 years of history, Bethesda is a wonderful congregation that is a part of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). Pastoral ministry is something I have prepared for and worked toward for a long time, and now it’s finally here. What a feeling. I’m excited to serve the Lord and his people in this role. Today June 3rd is my first full-day in vocational ministry. If you think about it, I’d appreciate your prayers.

Sometimes people commented on how I was able to keep up with this blog during my seminary career. I had to write papers, exegetical notebooks, sermons, read voraciously, and prepare for a myriad of tests and exams. How was I able to post something new almost every week? It was tremendously difficult. But I think I was able to keep up with it (and hopefully will still be able to) because I love to do it. It’s not the clicks or links that propel me to keep going, but the sheer love of blogging and the opportunity to provide godly edification for a few lives.

Special thanks to those who helped chip in for my seminary books. Nobody is self-made. Every accomplishment is the product of many hands and hearts, which includes you. Many blessings to you and yours.

Thank you, seriously, for reading this far.

Soli Deo gloria.


 

About David Qaoud

David Qaoud (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) is associate pastor of Bethesda Evangelical Church in St. Louis, Missouri, and founder of gospelrelevance.com. His work has appeared on The Gospel Coalition, For the Church, and Banner of Truth. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and son. Learn more.