Pinecrest a School with a Difference
Wade E Taylor
John the Baptist was the "voice of one crying in the
wilderness". Mark 1:3. This speaks of John as being in
such a level of relationship with the Lord that he became
the expression of the heart of the Lord for his day.
We live in a very critical time. As never before, a "voice"
which can both exhibit and express the heart and mind of the
Lord is desperately needed in our day.
The Lord brought Pinecrest into existence as a "School
of the Spirit" to prepare this "voice" for
His purposes. It is our intense desire and prayer to see this
calling come to its full fruition and development in the lives
of each of the students who come to Pinecrest to make their
lives available to the Lord.
At this time, the Lord is bringing us into a greater understanding
of Divine anointing and impartation. Thus, the Lord has begun
to stir both the staff and the students here at Pinecrest
with a fresh new desire for an increase in the quality of
our Worship, and for His abiding presence and working in each
of our classes. "And my speech and my preaching was not
with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration
of the Spirit and of power." I Cor 2:4.
God always pours new wine into new wine skins; therefore,
the most far- reaching development in lives and ministry can
be found in a School such as Pinecrest that is not bound to
the traditions of educational patterns.
One of the principles that the Word teaches us about the development
of ministry is set forth by the example of the Church at Antioch.
For two years, Paul and Barnabas developed effective ministries
as they ministered there with others. The Holy Spirit developed
them to the place where they could be set in the Body as Ministers
of the Gospel and then be sent forth by the Church to other
areas of need.
How often have we seen a young person, on fire for God,
sent off to a Bible College to come back a cold, professional
theologian, totally ineffective to minister the anointed Word.
In the New Testament, ministry was not trained in a professional
manner, but arose through the ministry of the Church under
the assistance and direction of the local ministry and eldership.
This does not discount Bible schools, but rather challenges
them to return to the pattern of the local church in training
lives for ministry.
Pinecrest, as a "School of the Spirit" is fulfilling
this Scriptural pattern of a teaching Church in which each
Chapel and Class function as a Spiritual Service. Here, in
His presence, we learn of Him and are trained and made ready
for the outworking of His will for our lives.
Pinecrest is moving away from the concept of an institutional
Bible College and toward that of a resident teaching Church.
Instead of instructors teaching in an academic format, we
seek that of teaching elders imparting the Word in an anointed
atmosphere of worship and spiritual receptivity. We still
have classes, schedules and homework, but we do all this as
active members of a functioning local Church. Since we really
learn best by doing, this brings about a further development
in the lives of those who come to Pinecrest to meet the Lord
and to learn of Him.
The Lord's people desperately need to hear what the Lord
is saying to His Church. As John the Baptist was the voice
of one crying in the wilderness of his day, so a people are
being trained at Pinecrest to become a voice for the Lord
to express Himself through in our day.
Thus, our goal at Pinecrest is to exalt and magnify the
Lord Jesus Christ and by His grace, bring each one into a
closer love relationship with Him. As we adhere to this pattern,
many will be equipped for ministry and will be sent forth
to the Nations for His purposes.
It is our intense desire and prayer to see this come to
its full fruition and development in the lives of each one
who comes to Pinecrest. Pray with us that all those whom the
Lord would have here for this purpose will come. There are
openings yet for the fall term.