I just got home from my first ALLTEE (Alliance Theological Education by Extension) class, and it was just amazing. I’d mentioned taking pastoral studies before, but during time I wasn’t really enrolled in a formal curriculum; it was just a take-home self-study thing with the standard books. Ever since our pastor became too preoccupied with other things and could no longer handle special classes, I lost the will to pursue the dream. But a few days ago he approached me and told me I could still join the first semester.
So there I was on a dark and rainy Tuesday, meeting my classmates for the first time, and more than ready to attend my first pastoral class. Technically, since I had already finished the first book, I was way ahead of everyone else and was able to catch on rather easily. The two-hour class was particularly engaging, and not at all a bore. In fact, since the entire length of the first book is all about the life and teachings of Jesus, I’ve decided to revise my personal Bible study schedule and begin another thread with the New Testament instead of having only one starting with Genesis. I feel it can help me understand the lessons better if I read the actual Scripture. So from today I’ll be continuing with Numbers, and at the same time going on another journey starting with the Gospels.