“The View” is a compilation of stories or truths, that the students of the OGTC have cultured during their time in the Training Center.
Author: O.G.T.C. Student Beau Carpenter
Beau Carpenter (Far left in photo)
A Lesson in Teachability
As an excited, timid, and fairly smart (by some estimations) 18 year old kid, I traveled from my parent’s home in North Central Ohio to Atlanta, GA to study in the Our Generation Training Center. In my mind, I was no newbie to the ministry and to life. I had been preaching somewhat regularly for about 9 months, attending and leading in visitation for a year and a half and had obtained an associates degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering during my last two years of high school while working a job 30-35 hours per week. I thought that I was starting out pretty well.
However, Reality set in. I came to the Training Center and within the first eight months, I had all kinds of problems. I had little to no money from the savings I had built up for the past eight years, my vehicle became completely unusable, and I was finding out that I didn’t really know that much about ministry. God was teaching me something, he was teaching me humility and that it was imperative that I would have the attitude of a learner. No one gets very far in life as a know-it-all. I have not arrived to the place where I have it all figured out. I must continue to learn, grow, and have humble attitude knowing that I don’t know everything. I found out that I have a lot of things to learn and that I will never stop learning and growing. Pastor Gardner lives the example of continually learning. Even with his experience and years in the ministry he still continues to read, to learn, and to deepen his walk with the Lord. This is the same attitude that God has been teaching me.
One enormous lesson I have learned through the training center is the lesson of Teachability and knowing that I have not arrived.