Stewardship is an important part of organizational leadership at Sioux Falls Seminary. Financial, human, and physical resources are stewarded as we pursue the mission to which God has called us. Last week, we relaunched our stewardship report and and gave thanks for the life-changing impact of the Kairos Project.
Picture this . . . 107 students packed into the seminary chapel from different states and continents praising God for the opportunity to participate in what he is doing through the Kairos Project. This was the seventh Kairos intensive. Through his power and grace, our enrollment continues to rise.
As I meditate on the story of the birth of Jesus, I am impressed by the response of the shepherds. “When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.”
As one whose “love language” is giving gifts, I am continually confounded by the length of the customer service lines the day after Christmas. I believe that any gift one gives should absolutely fit the recipient. Those long lines are made up of individuals whose gifts did not “fit.” “Fit” refers to personality, size, wants, or needs.
I was a young mom, working full-time at Sioux Falls Seminary and trying to be the best mom, wife, employee, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, friend, and Christian possible. The responsibility I felt to “do it right” was overwhelming me. I felt like I was going crazy. When I shared my feelings . . .
“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had . . ."
As we begin Advent, we want to be praying for ourselves and others. We should focus our prayers in an ongoing way - daily and particularly throughout Advent. The focus of our praying is for "you." As my mother would say, “You know who you are!” We all have a list of individuals for whom we pray. We should remember them.
Sioux Falls Seminary exists to develop servants for their participation in the kingdom mission. One of the ways we fulfill this mission is to invite others to join us. Good partnerships benefit each partner and impact the kingdom in ways that we cannot do on our own. For us, partnerships often form in one of three ways.
Sioux Falls Seminary believes theological education works best when it integrates with and utilizes learning and formational experiences from kingdom-minded partners. We work diligently to find these partners and are excited to highlight our work with the North American Baptist Conference and Forge Canada through Ethos.
The composition of the student body at Sioux Falls Seminary has changed rather dramatically over the past few years. We now have students spread out across the United States, others in several continents around the world, and a growing number of students located near Sioux Falls. It seems, more than ever, SFS is a global seminary.