Entries by SLD

Entering into New Ministry: By Jim Van Yperen

On Entering Into New Ministry. In the course of your ministry journey in the Salvation Army, you could receive up to ten or more assignments—ten or more transitions, departures, arrivals, opportunities. So, how should you enter a new ministry? The Apostle John describes the greatest ministry transition possible: God becoming flesh: “The Word became flesh […]

The Importance of Continual Learning By Jim Van Yperen

“Ancora Imparo” or Why You Must Never Stop Learning. The great artist Michelangelo was credited for saying, “ancora imparo” which means, “Still I am learning.” In fact, even at the age of 87, Michelangelo inscribed the phrase, “Never Stop Learning” on one of his sketches. Once, many years ago, I heard a professor describe heaven […]

A Peculiar and Profound Mentoring- By Jim Van Yperen

Mentoring usually comes through people we know in one-on-one conversation. But, the most influential mentor in my life is someone I never met and never talked to because he never existed, at least outside the mind of the Scottish novelist, George MacDonald, who wrote Thomas Wingfold, Curate1 in 1876. I stumbled on George MacDonald because […]