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.
We have shared a lot about partnerships. When I give presentations about partnerships, one question I am often asked is, “If your seminary is so invested in partnerships, how does it control the level of quality for academic programs?” This holds especially true when talking about “external” partnerships.
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 thankful for our partnership with VantagePoint3, providing deep discipleship and development opportunities.
If you worked at Sioux Falls Seminary and a number of students were only on campus for a few days each semester, what would you do? This has been the challenge of planning Kairos Project intensives. We want students to be fully trained. Fully alive. Our time on campus each semester is limited.
A kingdom-minded partnership with Taylor Seminary continues to grow! What began as a partnership focused on online education, faculty development, and global theological education in June 2015 has deepened, resulting in integration of some systems, operational functions, and academic programming.
We have been talking a lot about stewardship and have explored everything from characteristics of a steward to the stewardship of resources, time, and opportunities. We have also announced some new partnerships. One might wonder what partnerships have to do with stewardship. It has a lot to do with collaboration.
Sioux Falls Seminary develops servants for their participation in the kingdom mission. This is our God-given mission. All of the Sioux Falls Seminary's resources belong to God. Our job as leaders is to seek God first. As we build this intimate relationship with God, it leads to good stewardship.