Sundoulos - Fall 2012

Alumni Focus

by Rick Bee

As we wind up another semester of train- ing men and women at Talbot to serve Christ and his church, it is exciting to see a number of prominent ministries around the country where Talbot alumni are receiving calls to take on the “reigns” of leadership! It reminds me that the sought-after product we produce here at Biola, the graduates of this place, are people of excellence, pre- pared in mind and character to impact the world for Christ! Even in my own home church of Evangelical Free Fullerton, we are welcoming people like this, as we hire our new pastor, Talbot alumnus Mike Erre (T ’04).

Mike’s style and approach to teaching is bringing a youthful enthusiasm to the church. His teaching is calling back younger congregants, and pleasing the older members of the congregation as well. How can the church minister to both young and old? Because we are all finding ourselves in services turning from one great passage of scripture to the next, as Mike connects the dots of his message with the truth of the inerrant scriptures. What a great concept!

There are hundreds of churches like ours across the country, struggling with worship and music styles; length of services; hymns versus worship songs; choir versus praise bands; all concerned about staying relevant and modern, yet being grounded in the Word. I’m afraid to say that many are more concerned with their appeal than their theological application!

So how do you seek to balance and mix an older population of congregants with a younger contemporary style of worship and make... everyone... happy?

I believe the church is hungry for teaching. Hungry for pastors, teachers, and Bible training that can change lives, encourage our souls, and help us through the trials to come. And yes, there are trials ahead if we believe James 1! That’s why Talbot is so important! And that’s why great Talbot graduates like Mike Erre are being called to lead.

For those of you who are Talbot alumni, my prayer for you is that you will remain strong and courageous in your message, wise in your ministry, and living a life of integrity. For those of you serving on search commit- tees, why not consider one of the best... A Talbot grad for that new position!

Thanks for your ministry and labor for the King and his church!

Rick Bee
Biola ’79, Talbot ’90, ‘01
Senior Director of Alumni Relations

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639