In the New Year 2015 edition of In Trust Magazine, President Greg Henson provided some snapshots of data about theological education and some insights and actions that seminaries can take based on the data. What should Sioux Falls Seminary and others consider as we move from data to decision?
As we discuss the Kingdom of God, we want to say “thank you” to the countless individuals, groups, and organizations that join us as we follow God into mission. Our ability to develop students for their unique callings is enhanced when we partner with others and faithfully steward what we have.
Over the next few months at Sioux Falls Seminary we are venturing into a discussion of the Kingdom of God. It is a rich, but difficult, biblical theme! To gain a better understanding of the Kingdom of God, one of the best ways to start is by clarifying the saying of Jesus: “the Kingdom of God is among you.”
We serve a God of abundance. Rather than trying to build walls around our own little kingdoms, we are to be about the work of the Kingdom. At Sioux Falls Seminary, our work starts with the local church and moves from there. We walk alongside others as we cooperatively participate in God’s work.
Sioux Falls Seminary is excited to partner with Embrace Church in their endeavor to open a third campus in Sioux Falls. Through the partnership, Sioux Falls Seminary will serve as the site for Embrace's new Summit Avenue campus, which will launch in early 2015.
Imagine a system of theological education in which the seminary serves as a platform. Rather than a place where students must go and from which they must be sent, the seminary would serve as a connector between students and their callings. A platform builds value for every part of the network.
Since 2003, the amount seminaries are spending to deliver theological education has risen by about 30%. Many seminaries are searching for ways to bridge the gap between rising costs and declining enrollment. At Sioux Falls Seminary, we are committed to developing a new way forward.
Theological education is something that’s, most often, added to a student’s busy life instead of being integrated into it. As we move into a new paradigm of theological education, it may be time for us to reconsider the traditional definition of a full-time student.
Sioux Falls Psychological Services, our counseling clinic here at Sioux Falls Seminary, has a clear, meaningful mission: we meet you where you are…offering hope. We offer hope through different specialized clinics and through training for counseling professionals.
Have you ever wondered why God called you to serve on his team? For a lot of us, the call of God came sneaking into our lives like a surprise spiritual ice bucket and just about as welcome. I've heard many stories over the years. Some people talk about avoiding their calls for fifteen or more years.