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Pastoral Presence Program Application

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The purpose of the Pastoral Presence Programs is to encourage direct conversations between Church of the Brethren pastors and Bethany Theological Seminary. Pastors have something to contribute to the life and educational context at Bethany, and Bethany has something to provide pastors in their ongoing education and their need for a space to retreat. Thus, both Bethany and pastors who participate in these programs have something to gain and something to give for mutual benefit. For more detailed information on the programs, visit the Pastoral Presence Programs page.

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Brian Mackie
Master of Divinity '07

BrianSometimes it takes looking back to see God's leading in life. I graduated from Bethany in May 2007 and realized that God led my entire theological training. In the summer of 2002, however, it was a little tougher to see where it was going.

I realized my call to full-time ministry and knew it was to journey into the educational training part of my call. My campus pastor and I had several conversations about this next step. I fasted and prayed and sought the Lord but had no clear answer by the end of the fast. As I was preparing to break my fast, the Lord asked me, "What is the desire of your heart?" I replied, "Oral Roberts University."