The Year in Review

I have never had a boring year yet in my adult life and 2017 was no exception. I thought that with the year coming to an end, it would be a good idea to share some of the highlights.

Stephen BedardI’m just completing my second year as the pastor of Queen Street Baptist Church. I can honestly say that I’m enjoying ministry much more right now than at any other time in my career. QSBC is an amazing church and we have seen some growth, both in terms of new people attending and in leaders being developed. I had a goal for some major restructuring and that took place just a couple of weeks ago. It has been a very productive time of ministry.

I’m still working on my Doctor of Ministry at Acadia Divinity College. I should have been done a couple of years ago, but I hit some obstacles including some health issues. However, in 2017 I was able to get first drafts of every chapter other than my introduction and conclusion into my supervisors. Everything looks good for me to finish up in 2018.

I was able to to teach two courses at Tyndale University College. I taught a course on the Ten Commandments and Jesus and the Synoptic Gospels. While my primary calling is that of a pastor, I do enjoy teaching and I’m thankful for these opportunities.

I started a new podcast called The History of Christianity. I love history and I was almost a history major in university. It has been a lot of fun digging into the history of the church. I hope you check it out.

I also started doing some blog coaching. I enjoy blogging and want to help other bloggers be more successful. If you are interested, let me know.

Amanda started her studies at Brock University. She is doing a BA in social sciences and I’m super-proud of her. Despite the hectic nature of our life, she is taking this step to further her education and to discover her calling.

Stephen BedardThis wasn’t a great year for me health. I was still showing symptoms of sarcoidosis. My respirologist increased my dose of prednisone. The only symptom that it relieved was the fatigue, the other symptoms actually got worse. Not only that, the prednisone caused my diabetes to act up and increased my cholesterol to the point of needing to be medicated. My prednisone does has now gone back down to maintenance level. This means my diabetes is better, although I’m still showing symptoms of the diabetes.

Our family expanded in a strange but wonderful way. Our three youngest children are adopted. We have known for some time that they had a half-sister but hadn’t met her. Through some complicated steps, we were able to get together with her and her family twice this year. It has been amazing to watch these siblings connect and to find things in common despite growing up apart.

One of the biggest steps we took as a family was buying a condominium. We have been renting for the last couple of years but have wanted to own. I have less than two decades left of full-time work and I want to be preparing for my retirement. We haven’t moved quite yet but it will be in the next couple of weeks. I’m excited for this opportunity.

It certainly has been a full year. Some great things have happened and I look forward to more in the new year.

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