Over the past several years, it seem like nearly every industry has fallen in love with the word “innovation.” This is true for businesses, nonprofits, schools, churches, and basically any organization trying to figure out how to thrive in a world that changes more each day. As a society, we label nearly any change as innovative.
When I think about theological education, I think of a system of interdependent, interconnected parts. A system that includes schools, churches, faith-based nonprofits, accrediting bodies, and more. Often, people picture this as a group of puzzle pieces that come together to make a unified whole.
The 2018 Hiller Lectureship is quickly approaching. We are excited for Dr. Taylor Worley to join us in Sioux Falls as our speaker. Come and acquire a fresh perspective on mission as we explore how to greet today’s culture with faith, hope, and love and welcome people into God’s kingdom in a hospitable and culture-positive way.
Friends and alumni of Sioux Falls Seminary recently joined God’s Volunteers/New Day and Taylor College and Seminary alumni on cruise to the Mexican Riviera. The group consisted of past SFS Community Choir members and individuals who have served in ministry as pastors, missionaries, and lay leaders.
For two weeks in January, SFS served as host to seven individuals from Cameroon. Along with a current missionary who serves with Converge Worldwide, our guests were students in a Cameroonian Doctor of Ministry cohort that has grown out of partnership. Our guests traveled a great distance to come to Sioux Falls.
What do a fast food executive, an instructor at a major hospital, and a manager for an aerospace company in the Middle East all have in common? They are all part of the first cohort of Kairos Project students in the Master of Arts (Bible and Theology) intercultural studies track, referred to as the MABT-IC.
Join us on Tuesday, April 17, at Central Church for the 2018 Hiller Lectureship: Imaginative Witness: Biblical Virtues for a Callous and Confused Culture. Together, we’ll discuss the topic of greeting the culture with faith, hope, and love and welcoming people into the Kingdom through Christian hospitality.
As president of SFS, I serve on the Strategy Team and the General Council of the NAB Conference. These roles recently took me to Roseville, CA, to participate in meetings. There, we discussed everything from international missions to church planting to governing documents to the future of theological education.
This year’s cross-cultural immersion on July 7-13, 2018, is our 12th annual experience. Through this deeply enriching learning experience you can immerse yourself in the local culture and learn how to use your gifts to extend grace across cultural lines. It is relevant for all cross-cultural contexts.
The new year is often a time of setting goals for the future and remembering the past. I’m beginning 2018 with confidence that God will continue the good work that he started at the seminary over 150 years ago. The story of God’s church can challenge us and give us a better understanding of the faith we proclaim.