On March 21, 2014, I had to privilege of being formally appointed as the 12th president of Sioux Falls Seminary. As the seminary community stepped boldly into the mission and ministry God placed in front of us, we identified Ephesians 3:20-21 as a passage of Scripture that could embody our journey.
Last week, I shared a bit on the power of stories. Over the next year, we are going to dive deeply into the concept of storytelling. All of us have a story to tell. Sioux Falls Seminary’s story is intimately connected to the stories of the individuals and organizations we have the opportunity to walk alongside. God does amazing work in and through his people.
A lot of new research has found that the human brain is wired to find meaning in narrative. We are in fact biologically predisposed to find meaning in narrative. When we share stories, we should be prepared to see those stories impact people in many different ways. Stories provide an opportunity to see how God is at work within the body of Christ.
As we conclude our conversation on what it means to be “fully alive” in light of our mission, we began last week by reflecting on the post that introduced the series. This week, we close our two-part series by sharing some of the highlights of our conversation. A few key scripture verses inspired us along the way.
Back in February, we began taking a deeper look at what it means to be “fully alive” and how Sioux Falls Seminary develops people for participation in this kingdom mission. As we bring our conversation to a close, we look back on the post that I wrote to introduce the series and then share some of the highlights.
Three years ago, I shared my story as a student studying toward my Master of Arts in Bible & Theology. I noted that I began my journey with eyes toward a career but concluded more focused than ever on God’s call. Today, I am on the other side of the desk, having completed a year of teaching at Trinity Bible College.
Join us this summer and immerse yourself in another culture! Enrollment is open for our annual Rosebud Immersion Experience on July 7-13. Through this deeply enriching learning experience you will dialogue with instructors and Sicangu Lakota leaders and learn to use your gifts across cultural lines.
Sioux Falls Seminary will celebrate its 160th graduating class on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls at 2:30 p.m. The thirty-eight graduation candidates serve in a variety of contexts and minister in many different ways. Each has been uniquely equipped to participate in God’s ongoing work.
The academic year is quickly coming to a close. We’ll soon be recognizing this year’s graduates and celebrating with them God’s great work in their lives. For 160 years and counting, students have been enrolling at our seminary and experiencing the journey of theological education together.
Over the past few years, Sioux Falls Seminary has had a leadership role in the Educational Models and Practices in Theological Education Project. This is a project funded by the Lilly Endowment and administered by the Association of Theological Schools. The group's report is now available.