I graduated from Newbold with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology in 1994. After graduation, I returned to Denmark to begin my ministry. Now, 27 years later, I am back at Newbold as a part-time student studying for a Master’s degree in Theology.
I felt a strong calling to the ministry after finishing secondary school. I remember looking through pamphlets from different universities offering courses in chemistry, biology and geography, etcetera. Suddenly, I thought all this is useless unless I know God and asked myself why would I want to learn any of these when I can study theology. I started praying about it, and different things happened to confirm theology was for me.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought new challenges for everyone. However, I am proud of my congregation for finding ways to continue being a church even though all our churches are closed. It is very uplifting because it shows there are alternatives. The church is not bricks and mortar; the church is where we are.
I do not have a lifelong calling to ministry but an ongoing one. Knowing God called me once is not enough because I need to know where God is leading me. I think it is essential to listen to the voice that makes me ask myself, “How can I best serve God?” So far, it has kept me employed in ministry for the Adventist Church, which is excellent.
René Bidstrup, pastor of the Café Church Seventh-day Adventist Church in Copenhagen and the Family Ministries Director at the Danish Union.