Never Say Never

by Jorden Martz on September 14, 2023

A few weeks ago, I embarked on a new journey as I started classes at Brite Divinity School. Going to seminary has always been in the back of my mind. The thought started growing my senior year of high school as I went through the Rite 12 program. I loved getting to learn more about the bible and about the United Methodist Church. Another part I loved about this program was how it challenged me. I was challenged to take a step back and to deeply think about why I believe what I believe. But I quickly pushed the thought away because why go to seminary if you’re never going to work at a church?

Well, turns out the joke was on me for saying ‘never’. The end of September will mark the one-year anniversary of me working full time at FUMC Hurst. While serving as youth director was never on my radar, it has been one of the biggest blessings. Another thing that wasn’t on my radar? Going back to school. God has a funny way of getting His point across, doesn’t He?

This semester I am taking three courses: History of Christianity, Intro to New Testament, and Intro to Christian Theology. Similar to when I was in high school, I am already being challenged. And I LOVE it. My professors have been encouraging us to step out of what we’re comfortable with and consider new/different perspectives. What makes this a little easier to do is the diversity of my peers. I am surrounded by people of all ages, denominations, and backgrounds. It’s been incredible to hear what others are bringing to the table. I’m already itching to find ways to slip in what I’ve learned into Sunday School and youth group.

At this moment, I am working towards a Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry. I am not currently on the path of ordination, but that door is not closed. I have learned my lesson of saying ‘never’. There is only so much I can put into writing, but I would love to share my journey with everyone. If you’d like to hear more, please stop me next time you see me! The support I have received from my friends, family, and FUMC Hurst has been overwhelming. I am beyond thankful for you all.

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