Dear family and friends,
At the time I graduated in June 2017 I could never have imagined how much God would do in my life this season. I set out for this gap-year with the goal to grow, both spiritually and financially. My plan was to work and save as much of my money as possible while also by interning for my church at my home in Sandpoint. I have learned lessons and learned a tremendous amount about myself, about God, and about ministry.
As I stepped into this new season, I have had a full-time job that paid more than my previous job which was exactly what I needed. Alongside working, I have been also interning as my church’s youth pastor, learning how to lead, how to preach, and how to make an impact in the lives of people in a ministry setting. This has been a profound learning experience.
As many of you know, in August of 2018 I will be attending the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM) in Redding, California to be trained and equipped for Christian Ministry. BSSM emphasizes hands-on training and experience along with an academic understanding of scripture and theology. BSSM is a “teach and do” culture where students take risks to stretch their faith and grow in their understanding of God. I am confident that this is where God has called me to be. My goal at BSSM, in a broad sense, is to be trained and equipped to be like Jesus and to do what Jesus did. BSSM is a three-year optional program. Soon I will be starting the First Year and in May 2019 I will receive a Certificate of Ministry. If I feel led to return to BSSM for the Second Year I will apply and am leaning in this direction. BSSM is not an official degree-granting institution with the State of California, therefore I cannot apply for or receive any form of government-subsidized financial aid. Simply put, I will have to pay my tuition out of my own pocket.
For my living situation, I have found three amazing roommates and have signed a lease to a furnished, fully equipped apartment for us to stay during my first year at BSSM. I currently have saved about half of what I need to pay for all of these remaining expenses and will continue to save as much as possible by when I leave in mid-August. By then, I will need to raise an estimated additional $4,500. My desire is to not need a job while at BSSM, in order for me to get the most out of my experience, as there are many conferences and numerous ministry opportunities that I would likely have to forfeit if I needed to maintain a job. To this end, I would like to raise funds for my remaining expenses.
If you feel the desire to contribute in any way and to donate to help me meet my goals, please do. You may write checks directly to me or if you would like, you may donate directly to my tuition online (for details, please contact me directly). The church is also collecting donations for anyone who wants to support my education, and you can make tax-deductible donations at https://harvestvalley.churchcenter.com/giving/to/spencer-bssm.
It should be noted that donations directly to my tuition via online are not tax deductible, while donations to my church are tax deductible. Thank you for supporting me in this exciting opportunity!