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My Work: Many Roles in Semi-Retirement

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Everyone works; from the high school student working on a homework assignment to the congressman working to pass a national bill. But how does a Christian connect their extraordinary faith to their ordinary job? In this article series, we will learn about work from a variety of Christians in all stages of life.

This installment is an interview with Jim Brandyberry, a semi-retiree and an adjunct professor at Indianapolis Theological Seminary.

1. What does “work” look like in the context of your life stage/focus?

In semi-retirement, work looks about the same, just a lot less of it! I pastored for fifteen years and taught Bible college and seminary for over twenty years. Periodic teaching these days is appreciated, otherwise, I would be experiencing a void of sorts.

 2. Why do you do what you do for a career/study focus?

At twenty-one years of age, God called me to ministry in a way that utterly determined a course of life. Through the twists and turns of life, that now also translates into being involved in various missions activities [at College Park Church] such as First Friday, JIM Night, and the India/Pakistan Barnabas Prayer Team. Whatever one’s interests are, there is opportunity at College Park to connect with like-minded people.

3. When do you find your work to be the most challenging? During those times, what helps motivate you?

I’ll be perfectly candid: pastoring has its challenges, but seminary teaching is a ministry without the hassle! Many a pastor has drawn strength from the apostle Paul’s directive to “endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

4. What is one thing you wish that others knew about the work that you do?

My students already suspect that teaching is something that I love to do and would do for free. They are right!

5. Who do you look up to in your life as a model of one who does their God-given work to glorify the Lord? Why?

I look up to all those (including College Park staff) who could be doing something more lucrative and less demanding but are utterly committed to the work of Christian ministry.

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