Simon Bottger came to C3 College all the way from Germany. He felt limited and stuck in his everyday, mundane life. He had a desire to help people connect with God through their musical abilities but didn’t know how. So he decided to come to C3 College to be trained, and to step into a new challenge that would help him achieve what he desired.
I came to C3 College to do more, see more, achieve more and receive more. I came to get out of my everyday life and step into the next level in my relationship with God, my musical skills, and my ability to help people.
From my first day at college I felt welcome and connected. I loved that I was surrounded by people, from many different cultures, who had God at the centre of their lives. Even though I didn’t understand everything from the start, I could feel the passion I had, stirring inside me, so I knew I was in the right place. The lecturers believed in me and encouraged me to explore new things. I was able to talk to them and receive so much wisdom from their own life experiences of successes and mistakes. I realised that you don’t have to learn from your own mistakes all the time but can learn from the mistakes of others.
Even though I didn’t understand everything from the start, I could feel the passion I had, stirring inside me.
I found that music was a place where I could focus on God and let go of the world. I learnt that worship leading isn’t a performance but a place where God is revealed, and it is so important to leave space for Him to move. I know that when I worship and play music, I am putting my trust in God.
I am very grateful to C3 College for the opportunity to study there. I felt supported in my relationship with God, my faith was developed and I was trained further in my musical skills so that I can help other people in the same process. And I am thankful that they showed me how I can get out of a mundane life and step into something greater.
-- Simon Böttger, first year, music performance & worship leading student.