On September 1, we celebrated the start of our 158th academic year! The convocation service was a wonderful event not only because we celebrated the beginning of a new academic year, but also because we welcomed Dr. Larry Caldwell as the Chief Academic Officer.
Two years ago I moved my family to Sioux Falls in pursuit of a degree at Sioux Falls Seminary. , My goal was mostly centered on furthering my credentials. Today, I find myself less interested in a career and more focused on a purpose – to respond to God’s call in my life.
The Great Commission is at the heart of our calling, both as individuals and as a community. We're called to follow Jesus into mission and make disciples along the way. We are excited to start the academic year and to walk boldly toward the future to which God is calling us.
The task that Jesus entrusted to his disciples and to us is to make disciples of all nations. This call comes with the promise of his presence to guide and to empower us as we fulfill our calls. We are privileged to play a part in developing disciples who develop disciples.
We're excited to explore The Great Commission and how theological education has sought to serve that mission over time. We will look at the history of theological education, ask how we've progressed, and seek to understand the systems that have brought us to today.
Our kingdom calling is to create systems of theological education and integrated counseling that are affordable, accessible, relevant, and faithful for the purpose of developing servants for their participation in God’s kingdom mission. It's how we articulate our participation within the kingdom.
Most people realize that as a seminary community we use our gifts to come alongside those called to a journey of theological education. However, they might not realize that we also serve others by providing integrative counseling. It is actually an important part of our kingdom calling.
On July 1-5, I participated in the 2015 Triennial Conference. The theme of the Triennial was, “Sent,” and we focused on how the Missional nature of God can permeate everything we are as followers of Christ and servants in God’s mission. It was a fantastic event.
As I begin my service as Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Sioux Falls Seminary, 1 Peter 4:10 reminds me that whatever strengths and abilities I bring to my new role are for one overarching purpose: to serve others. That service is the key to what our seminary is all about.
As we’ve explored 1 Peter 4:10, we have come to realize stewardship is about serving others. This week, we share Dr. Ron Sisk's final sermon at Sioux Falls Seminary. He reflects on the journey of theological education and shares a few of the secrets that he’s learned about serving others.