What is the fruit of the MIP?
Kipp Penrod, state MIP coordinator of Pennsylvania, tells his story.
Every year of MIP is filled with new experiences, new people, and new ideas, and this year has been no different. As the state coordinator for Pennsylvania, I’m always amazed by the diverse groups of people, individual talent, and giftings displayed by those who God has called into ministry. I have the pleasure of working with people of many backgrounds, cultures and experiences.
One of the greatest rewards this year (and in previous years) is having the opportunity to watch all of the changes that occur in the life of every candidate. Their perspective of ministry always seems to broaden while their view of themselves in ministry narrows and sharpens. Somewhere in the MIP process, a clarity of God’s distinct purpose settles in their heart leaving them more focused with a renewed sense of purpose in their calling. I never grow tired of seeing this shift occur and believe it is foundational in moving forward in the ministry process.
I’ve also had the unique experience of serving as a supervising pastor this year. It has been a pleasure learning about each candidate and their spouse while tailoring a learning experience that meets them right in the middle of their calling. My hope is to be a part of these very important learning processes in the years to come.