Not yet, but soon! 🙂 David will be starting his doctrinal work next week!!! Actually, he’s finishing it. Due to a program he was a part of while we were in MI, he is 1/2 way done with his doctorate! Remember how he/we would go to WI for the Center for Excellence in Congregational Leadership (CECL) sessions? Well, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL thinks so highly of the program that they are allowing the CECL program to count as 1/2 of a doctorate in Congregational Leadership. What does he have to do? Well, between sessions in Chicago (he’ll go to campus 2-3 times a year for the next 2 yrs) he will be given a list of close to 10 books of varying subjects he’ll need to read and write papers on. When all of this is done he’ll then write his dissertation and well, I guess once that’s done and approved he’ll be Reverend Doctor David Hardin! 🙂 I am so excited for him and proud of him! He has wanted to get his doctorate for a long time, always been a goal for him, we just didn’t expect it to happen so quickly and in such a great way!!!!! Because of the CECL program we have a lot of it already paid for, and with the continuing education budget at church which will help, and help from family, that leaves only a small amount to pay ourselves! The timing is right and we’re jumping in! 🙂
Next week David will be heading to Chicago for the week. Cora, Molly and I will be in Akron with my folks. We thought we’d all go (minus Molly) but the thought of being in a hotel room with a 22 month old just doesn’t sound appealing! The next session I won’t be going either as it is around the time the baby is due! 🙂 But, the campus does offer on-campus apartments so we hope to be able to use those in the future so we can all go and see the sites of Chicago a little too!