When people ask us about Kairos or Sioux Falls Seminary, I like to think we provide candid and transparent responses in which we describe some of the great things that God is doing in and through Kairos as well as share some of the areas in which we think we need to grow. Sometimes, we have the opportunity to see if the stories we tell are what others see.
Today we finish our series on the practices of the Kairos community by looking at diversity and unity. If you have been following along for the past year, you have noticed several references to the global and diverse nature of Kairos. Students and mentors, spread out around the world, represent over 70 denominations. Participants are following Jesus in a variety of vocations.
In a recent In Trust article, Karen Stiller recently wrote that Kairos, “Has touched down on six continents, lives out in four languages, and educates nearly 1,000 students through an outcome-based, highly individualized educational experience that is deeply and personally contextual for each Kairos student.” She went on to write that Kairos is ...
While earning my MBA, I spent a lot of time studying organizational systems and how they are formed, changed, and led in light of specific goals. One of the aspects of this area of study that always bothered me was how formulaic it seemed. While it is true that certain practices can create somewhat predictable results when it comes to working with people...
In the Kairos Project, we talk a lot about “theological hospitality.” It is one of our defining practices and is essential for us to do the work God has called us to do. In this post, we are going to dig deeper into theological hospitality to correct some potential misunderstandings and to better understand just how important the practice is. Let’s begin with what theological hospitality is not.
n Romans 11, Paul uses an analogy that is striking when placed in context of the diversity of denominations, and sects of denominations, and subsets of sects. He talks of an olive tree with many branches. Some of the branches are natural, and others are grafted onto the root. They grow side by side and should produce good fruit. Now, Paul is referring to the inclusion of the Gentiles in God’s story...
Marketers have become expert at presenting their products and services as welcome news. “Good news! This product is now on sale!” or “Good news! We’re better than the competition.” Sometimes they’re telling the truth, but sometimes not, and it is the “not” times that have made our world cynical about messages of good news, even the good news of our faith.
Last week, we focused on one important aspect of the way of Jesus, that is, the way of peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace who brings a kingdom of peace and calls those who follow him to the way of peace. That post pointed out that peace is not merely an end/destination but also the way that end/destination is achieved. The destination is the journey.
Last week, we introduced a new series of articles focused on practices within the Kairos Community. Over the next three weeks, we will take a closer look at practicing the way of Jesus by exploring peace as a way of being. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” .” ~ Romans 16:20 I can hear some of you singing the church camp song already.
Today, we continue our series on a “New Way of Being” by turning our attention toward the Kairos community. All learning happens in community. In Kairos, the local community in which a student lives and works is the primary community that gives form, shape, and direction to a student’s journey of discipleship. However, they are all also part of a global community.