Since 2003, the amount seminaries are spending to deliver theological education has risen by about 30%. Many seminaries are searching for ways to bridge the gap between rising costs and declining enrollment. At Sioux Falls Seminary, we are committed to developing a new way forward.
Theological education is something that’s, most often, added to a student’s busy life instead of being integrated into it. As we move into a new paradigm of theological education, it may be time for us to reconsider the traditional definition of a full-time student.
Swiss theologian, Emil Brunner, once wrote, “The Church exists by mission, just as a fire exists by burning.” What a potent and challenging statement! Just as a pile of sticks is not a fire until there are flames, a group of people is not the Church until there is a commitment to the Mission of God.
Sioux Falls Seminary develops individuals for their unique callings in many different ways. Whether called to the serve in ministry, in the marketplace, or in their communities, women of all ages have been exploring God’s plans for their lives through the Women in Community presentation series.
Counseling program updates are helping develop students into counselors and therapists who carry into their work with them--two languages, one truth, recognition of Christ as their counselor exemplar, and the notion of relationship as a foundational principle.
Our vision is to create a system of theological education that shifts the focus from chronos to kairos. In this system, students are fully engaged, and learning is more effective because it’s built around moments in time that naturally encourage integrated learning.
Theological education is about more than equipping leaders. It’s about developing people for their unique callings--a formational process that includes teaching, equipping, training, educating, action, and reflection as parts of a holistic journey. Join us as we explore what this means for us.
Register today for Women in Community 2014 - Extraordinary Vessels on either Thursday, September 4, in Omaha or Friday, September 5, in Sioux Falls. Discover how you can use your influence and resources for God's glory and for making a difference in the lives of others.
As I begin my service at SFS, I am reminded of Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations . . ."
In an effort to expand opportunities for service to the community, Sioux Falls Seminary is selling the property it owns at 12th Street and Summit Avenue. Resources tied up in the building will be reinvested to further the life-changing work that is taking place through students.