Shane Miller: Effective Ministry Leadership

Shane Miller: Effective Ministry Leadership

Shane Miller
The Internship Field Training program at Baptist Bible Seminary gives students in the Master of Divinity degree program invaluable hands-on experience in a full-time ministry setting.

Shane Miller, a 2009 graduate, spent his internship at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Toledo, OH, along with his wife Shelley and their children, Joshua, Sarah, and Abigail.

After his internship, the church voted to call him as pastor. He currently serves there as Outreach and Assimilation Pastor. In this role, he leads a 13 week Balanced Evangelism Seminar, teaches a "Theology of Evangelism" class, visits first-time guests to the church, oversees an Impact Saturday ministry that connects with the community, teaches an Adult Bible Fellowship class, and leads many other church ministries.

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Insight Questions
What led you to BBC&S?
I moved to Clarks Summit to finish my undergraduate degree in the summer of 2002. I had already been taken some classes at BBS, so I was familiar with the faculty.

I knew that doctrinally BBS was on track in being true to the Scriptures. Also, while attending BBC, I got to know several of the professors. I saw their godly example along with their high level of academic training and Bible knowledge. I also came to understand the value of the internship program. The idea of being in a church ministry setting and learning from other pastors just made sense to me. I knew that if I would attend seminary, BBS was the best fit. I sought out wise counsel and all were overwhelmingly supportive of me continuing my training at BBS.

Why did you choose Emmanuel Baptist for your internship?
I came from Emmanuel, so I knew it's doctrinal position and history. Pastor Bruce Snyder, the interim senior pastor, was a major factor in my serving at Emmanuel. He worked out some complications to enable Shelley and I to serve our internship there. I was excited to have an opportunity to learn under Pastor Snyder, with his godly example and 50 years of ministry experience. It was a blessing and privilege to spend time learning from him and the other pastors on staff.

How has your internship and BBS experience benefitted you?
While at BBS, I was privileged to work with and observe some of the professors as I served in a local church ministry. Working side by side with them prepared me to learn in an internship setting. My wife, Shelley, also benefitted from participating in the Seminary Wives Fellowship while at BBS. She learned much from the faculty wives. It was a blessing to have her growing in her faith and also her ability to minister to others while we were at BBS.

While on my internship at Emmanuel Baptist, I talked daily with Pastor Dave Rockwell. Dr. Rockwell has been serving the Lord for many years in various settings. He is a pastor, a Bible college professor, and has worked at Regular Baptist Press developing curriculum. I gained so much from talking with him and asking questions about ministry and Scripture. I can't explain the value of that time. I also met weekly with Pastor Snyder, my internship coordinator. What an awesome opportunity to ask questions and get feedback on how my ministry was going.

I am so thankful for the internship. I can't imagine what it would be like to go into a pastoral role without having the experience of the internship. Seeing godly pastors minister in various settings and then talking with them about it is a great privilege.

How have you been able to apply what you learned?
My whole ministry consists of applying what I have learned from my BBS classes, in the way I learned from the men while at BBS and the men I was able to spend time with while on internship. My role is to shepherd God's flock by equipping them to do the work of the ministry. This involves helping them to bring the Word of God to bear on every situation of life. That is what I have learned, and I am still learning. I thank BBS for doing its best to equip me to serve the Lord in pastoral ministry.

Learn more about the Master of Divinity program at BBS here.
Learn more about the Internship Field Training program here.

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Posted on: 11/12/2009 2:50:55 PM

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