Steve Mickel
Steve Mickel

Last year marked a significant turning point for my wife, Suzanne, as she made the decision to return to academia to complete her degree. Our journey began at Life Pacific College (now Life Pacific University) in 1990, where we met, fell in love, and began our life together, started a family, all while still pursuing our education. These factors prevented her from finishing her studies at that time.

However, after 34 years, she is on the cusp of achieving her long-awaited goal: obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Life Pacific University and embarking on a new career path. Needless to say, I couldn’t be prouder of her accomplishments.

Almost every day, Suzanne shares with me her latest readings and assignments, each one offering new insights that reshape her worldview and deepen her understanding of scripture. Our conversations serve as a poignant reminder of the profound importance of a solid foundation in scripture for navigating life, leadership, and ministry.

I’ve observed that while some pastors and leaders have pursued further education, many have not. Yet, in light of the myriad challenges we face, compounded by the complexities brought on by the COVID era, there is an undeniable need for a robust grounding in Scripture to guide us forward.

In the Northwest District, a stirring partnership has emerged between Life Pacific University and our community of pastors and leaders. Through this collaboration, individuals are afforded the opportunity to pursue higher education in theology and leadership, equipping them with the tools necessary to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of faith and service.

The recent introduction of the master’s in divinity degree is especially noteworthy, offering a comprehensive curriculum that addresses the evolving complexities of our world and our churches. Personally, if given the chance to start anew, I would pursue this degree myself. Additionally, LPU’s emphasis on a Spirit-empowered approach and its master’s programs in strategic leadership and theology further bolster the resources available to our community.

Given the ever-increasing complexity of our times, I wholeheartedly encourage you to consider furthering your education. By investing in your leadership and delving deeper into the study of scripture, you equip yourself to navigate the challenges of today and tomorrow. Let us commit ourselves to a season of learning and growth, attuning ourselves to the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit as we strive to impact our world for Christ.

The Northwest District team exists to serve you. We are here for you and love you.

Keep pressing into Jesus.

Steve Mickel

is the district supervisor of the Northwest District of The Foursquare Church.