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CBTE: A Philosophy, Not a Model, Pt. 6

Last week, we continued our discussion on competency-based theological education by talking about how the philosophy impacts the role of faculty. We shared that CBTE, when embraced as a philosophy, empowers faculty to bring all of their gifts and abilities to bear on the development and implementation of CBTE.


CBTE: A Philosophy, Not a Model, Pt. 5

Today we continue our conversation about CBTE. Over the past few weeks we have looked at how CBTE is a philosophy, not a model, and as such requires us to think differently about a several aspects of modern higher education. I noted that people often ask how this philosophy impacts the role of faculty.


CBTE: A Philosophy, Not a Model, Pt. 4

Last week we started talking about the nature of power in higher education. We identified that power or control of the educational process exists on at least four levels: accreditation, institution, and curriculum, and assessment. This week, we look at two specific changes: distributing sources of input and assessment.


CBTE: A Philosophy, Not a Model, Pt. 3

Last week we ended our discussion by referencing what I believe to be a guiding principle of CBTE—embracing the complex and organic nature of discipleship as something that brings value to one’s educational and academic journey. When seminaries began integrating discipleship courses into their curricula, such courses ...


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.”

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