Name: Benjamin Hill
Relationship status: In a relationship
Education: apprenticeship in carpentry
1. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Leadership, structuring, sports, handywork
2. What was your dream job before you became a Christian ? What was your passion?
Becoming a carpenter, learning a craft/trade
3. How were you influenced by your home and your parents?
I grew up in an christian household
4. When and how did you become a Christian? When did you decide to become a pastor? Was there a certain situation that made you change your mind?
I became a Christian at age 7 and was baptized at age 15.
At age 14 I wanted to live completely for Jesus! During my apprenticeship to become a carpenter I developed a greater and greater passion for the church. Through different people and situations I was able to get to know the job of a pastor and chose it for myself and god approved my choice.
5. Aren’t you afraid to lead a boring and quite exhausting life as a pastor? Renouncement, high moral standards, annoying people and even unemployment?
I’m not worried, I know that it’s my calling!
6. Couldn’t you build gods kingdom just as effectively as a politician or a businessman?
Yes, definitely. But god gave me the skills and the will to build god’s kingdom as a pastor.
7. At the THS- Academy you get insight into the everyday life of a real pastor – what does that look like? What do you like especially about it and what do you dislike?
It’s theoretical and practical. We learn things that we get to apply right away. I love that I am already working in the job. I have to lead people, have meetings and lead events.
We have to read a lot which is not really my thing.
8. What is essential to learn for an ongoing pastor?
To spend personal time with God daily. And to be happy and positive!
9. Many pastors dream of a big breakthrough and great church growth and are dissappointed. Some quit. Why do yout hink that is?
The focus lies on the wrong thing. As a leader you have to watch out for your personal health and strength, also spiritually speaking. That’s what one should invest in first and foremost.
10. Why did you decide to study at the THS-Academy and not at a different school for theology ?
Because the main focus of the program lies on the active training in the churches.
11. What have you learned most so far? Where have you changed most thanks to the program?
Being a pastor is more than a job. I have learned that I need good time management and that I alwyas have to continue to strive for growth and Gods presence.
12. If you imagine a typical week in 10 years – you can dream big – what would it look like?
A lot of prayer, leader development talks and sermon preparation.