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CBTE: A Philosophy, Not a Model, Pt. 2

Last week, we began a conversation about competency-based theological education (CBTE). We explored a bit of its history and how I believe it opens new possibilities given how it is different than much of what exists in the wider world of competency-based education (CBE). Today, we are going to dive a bit deeper.


CBTE: A Philosophy, Not a Model, Pt. 1

CBTE is an acronym that stands for competency-based theological education. It was developed as a way to distinguish what is happening in theological education from what is happening in the broader world of competency-based higher education. On November 5 and 6, 2018, I will be speaking at CBTE 2018 in Vancouver.


Story: Bridging the Gap

Sioux Falls Seminary alumnus Brian Stroh (MDiv 2003) has a story to tell. It’s a story, ten years in the making, about what led his church to serve their neighborhood school instead of focusing on boosting Sunday attendance. He began working at Hillcrest Church in Sioux Falls, SD, in 2002 and now serves as the Executive Pastor. Here’s his story.


Story: The Impact of Serving Together

We are finding new ways to serve in international missions as we discover new and better opportunities to serve alongside our sister seminaries in Cameroon. When thinking about seminaries, people often only think about academic programs and not the systems, processes, and philosophies that undergird them.


Reflecting on God’s Work within Us

God is able to do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine. Sioux Falls Seminary alumnus Barry Saylor got us started by reminding us that in everything we do, we must be dependent upon the "father of all fatherhoods" and know that as each "narrative unfolds," it does so only by the work of God. Praise be to God.


Reflecting on Truly Affordable Education

Nine years ago, I was sitting at a conference for seminary administrators. One of the presentations was on fundraising trends within the industry. The speaker spent a lot of time talking about how sources of giving were shifting and how schools needed to get better at “raising money from individual donors.”


Reflecting on Working with Others

The past few years at SFS have been quite exciting. We’ve seen God’s provision come through in powerful ways and are thankful for the opportunity to walk alongside an increasing number of students. Some of God’s provisions include an increase in enrollment, being able to serve students around the world, and a decrease in student borrowing.


Reflecting on Integrating Context and Community

I have previously said “Imagine a new system. One that takes seriously the value of local ministry contexts while integrating technology and retaining the important essence of formational community while maintaining academic rigor.” At the time, the Kairos Project was something we were building.


Reflecting on Reconnecting with the Church

Theological education began as something the church did to develop pastors. Then, theological education flowed from within the local church. However, distance between the church and the academy began to widen and soon seminaries “served” the church instead of being part of it.


Reflecting on a New Paradigm, Pt. 2

Last week, in part one of this series, we talked about how words like innovation, change, reimagine, and creativity have been over used and abused in theological education over the last several years. We shared how the need to make a paradigm shift is essential to bringing about true change and innovation.

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