Empty parking spaces and classroom chairs will soon be full. The return of students and the sense of community they bring serve as reminders that God has brought us together for a very specific purpose. Our students, new and returning, are at the core of our mission.
We have the privilege of serving many different individuals from various walks of life and locations around the globe. As we serve those who live near the seminary, within driving distance, and throughout the world, our service is rooted in seven methodologies: all of which focus on serving students and clients well.
We develop servants who will participate in God’s kingdom mission by helping them grow where God has planted them. We have learned, though, that these opportunities work best when the students are actively engaged in ministry or have a desire to pursue a specific type of ministry.
In addition to areas near one of our locations, Sioux Falls Seminary has also developed a strong network among the five states that surround Sioux Falls. Churches, mental health professionals, local pastors, and many more recognize Sioux Falls Seminary as a vital resource in the region.
Partnerships are a vital component of the work of theological education. They form a foundation for much of what we do as a community of faith participating in God’s mission. Over the next three weeks, we will look at the three spheres or geographic areas in which Sioux Falls Seminary is called to serve.
Working together to create academic programs in partnership is quite common across theological education. Sioux Falls Seminary has several academic program partnerships. Today, I’d like to expand our definition of partnership and our understanding for why it matters.
FY16 has ended, and we celebrate another strong year. God continues to provide for Sioux Falls Seminary as we equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. Join us as we praise God for his abundant blessings.
This week our conversation will continue but explore another aspect of the seminary’s kingdom calling: creating systems of integrative counseling. With a mission of meeting people where they are … offering hope, here is how affordable, accessible, relevant, and faithful apply to our work.
As we “equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ,” we are committed to re-thinking theological education. But we’re not doing it alone. This year we teamed up with the Association of Theological Schools as part of their Educational Models Forum.
When I talk with people about affordable, accessible, and relevant theological education, people get a little concerned. They sometimes wonder if Sioux Falls Seminary is throwing away the things that make theological education valuable. Today we finish our four-part series by looking at the word “faithful.”