My name is Abe Freeman and I serve as Associate Pastor at Countryside Bible Church (CBC) in Hampton, Nebraska. I graduated from TES in 2018 from the Kansas City campus. God was incredibly kind to provide this opportunity as I finished my final year of training, and my family was blessed to begin serving at CBC a couple weeks after graduation. Serving alongside Pastor Rod Goertzen, a near-sixty-year veteran in ministry, is a unique privilege and has allowed me to continue to learn and grow in faithfulness and service to the Lord.
       My areas of responsibility have varied greatly as we have settled in and gotten acquainted with the dear saints here. Initially, I began teaching the youth and working with other leaders in the ministry to implement a focused philosophy of ministry with our students. This developed into a broader oversight of Sunday school and children’s ministry and administration in those areas. God has brought together a group of men for a men’s study that I lead each week as well one-on-one discipleship and counseling. Serving as an associate, I have had the privilege of preaching and filling for Pastor Rod as needed, as well as for some other local churches across the state. In all of these and the wide variety of circumstances that arise over the weeks and months, I am incredibly grateful for my time at TES and the training I received. To paraphrase another brother and graduate, the training does not directly cover every situation and possible scenario, but the sound doctrine, faithful exegesis, and overall philosophy of ministry that are taught and exemplified, provide the biblical wisdom and necessary resources to handle the stewardship entrusted to us.

       One of the ministries of our church is an annual men’s conference, which we host each February. We were blessed to have Daron Roberts, a TES graduate and pastor at Grace Immanuel Bible Church in Jupiter, Florida, here to minister to our men and men from all over the state. Having him here was a huge encouragement to our body and to me personally. It reminded me of the privilege of going through seminary and forging the friendships and convictions that will last a lifetime.
Ministry through video teleconference
As you know, ministry has changed in some ways over the past couple months. We have transitioned service, studies, meetings, and much of our ministry to virtual formats. This has been challenging and encouraging, as we have had to navigate technical difficulties, but have overcome the challenges and seen continued love for God, His Word, and His people even with the “distancing.” It has been a particular encouragement in this time to hear from other TES graduates and pastors who are going through this, as well as to hear how they are shepherding their flocks through this new season.
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