Look carefully then how you walk… making the best use of the time. – Ephesians 5:15
What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2
Although these are two of my favorite Scriptures, ministering to medical students and professionals has encouraged me to think more deeply about their relationship.
Why? I’ve always believed – and Scripture clearly shows – that making the greatest Kingdom investment involves not only “doing ministry” ourselves, but also pouring into others so that they, in turn, can minister to others (2 Tim. 2:2). It’s the difference between addition and multiplication.
If you’ve been following our updates, though, you know how extremely busy medical students are. During my years of undergraduate ministry, I would often have three years to invest in our campus leaders. With medical student leaders, my ministry council and I only have ten-eleven months. (At the end of their year in leadership they study for a comprehensive exam (“boards”) and head out on rotations). So, the need to train up leaders who will train up others is urgent, but we only have a brief time to do it.
As a result, discipling the disciplers is always at the very top of my priority list. In the words of Ephesians 5:15, training leaders is making “the best use of [my] time”. If we give ourselves deeply to our campus leaders, and this investment mentality becomes part of their DNA, we are well on our way to an enormously successful year of ministry.
With that in mind, last week we held our Philadelphia Area CMDA team our annual leadership training event for the 2010-11 campus leaders. Although not everyone could make it, 13 leaders from 4 of our 5 campuses came. Two leaders, taking public transportation, inadvertently missed their stop yet still walked half an hour to attend. These are the kind of committed students we’re looking for!
Although we had only 4 hours, we made the most of them. We focused on giving them a biblical vision for godly leadership and character, emphasizing the brief but critical window of investment they have as leaders. We walked through the elements of a healthy campus ministry, how to use the summer well in preparation for the fall, and gave them an opportunity to share ideas with one another. In addition, Dr. Rich Shoemaker – one of our CMDA council members investing at Temple Med – was present to share what he learned during his time as a student leader, and his insights were invaluable. We walked away encouraged, and equipped, for the year of ministry to come.
Thanks to each one of you for helping us seize this brief window of opportunity. Your prayers and contributions really are the necessary foundation for all that we do!
Bryan & Sharon Stoudt
Please also join us in:
- Praising God for a strong conclusion to the year at our primary campuses, Drexel and PCOM. We’ve had excellent times of evaluation and planning at both campuses.
- Praising God also for a terrific leadership training time. Please pray that God would take our efforts and multiply them in the lives of the leaders throughout the summer and coming year on campus.
- Praying that the Lord would bless my interactions with students during these last few weeks of the year, and with those few who will be around this summer.
- Praying for wisdom for me as I help plan the “spiritual” piece of the SMI Philadelphia project (June 12-26). I’m responsible for inviting various medical faculty to speak to the students on relevant topics, and, for doing some of the teaching myself.
- Praying that God continues to bless our support-raising efforts over the summer. At this point, we need to raise $1,700 in additional monthly support. If you’d like give, you can find more information by clicking here.