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In 1938, Dr. Henry Shilling purchased White Oak Camp which was operated as a service station, dance hall, and tourist camp. Through God’s direction, this parcel of land in the hills outside of Pittsburgh, PA, was turned into a camp, youth convention center, and finally a Bible school. This school, the Biblical Life Institute, is an intimate Bible school.
Today, we are sharing an update about our very first integrated partner, Taylor Seminary! The partnership began in 2015 and created groundbreaking opportunities in theological education. Our focus, at first, was on online education, faculty development, and global theological education. Over the past few years, the partnership has deepened significantly.
Last week, I said "Integrated partnerships bring about collaborative participation in disruptive innovation. Thinking differently about how organizations work together, we can create systems of theological education that honor local contexts, embrace the heritage of schools and faith communities, and provide new opportunities for students."
Collaboration is, and always has been, an important aspect of theological education. Over the years, it has taken several different forms, and each generation is tasked with developing new and effective models of collaboration that serve students, the church, and all the various stakeholders within a system of theological education.