Sioux Falls Seminary recently participated in a collaborative research project on operational and educational models in theological education. The goal was to find some underlying causes for why students are graduating seminary with a crushing amount of debt.
I remember my parents and grandparents saying the older they got the faster the days and holidays seemed to fly. It feels like we just packed away the nativity from last Christmas. We've barely washed the dishes from Thanksgiving dinner, and now it's the first Sunday of Advent, again.
Rhoda Carpenter, Greg Henson, Megan Miller, and Jeremy Bill were all recently honored when Sioux Falls Seminary presented its fourth annual Excellence Awards. Please join us in thanking our 2016 recipients for their roles in creating a culture of excellence in Christian service.
As the Kairos Project grows, we are beginning to have clusters of students in different regions or near particular cities. In addition, various networks or larger churches are expressing interest in running a group of students through the Kairos Project at one time.
For over 25 years, Larry Caldwell, Chief Academic Officer and Dean, has served as a missionary and been involved in theological education around the globe. He shares his thoughts on how the underlying philosophy of the Kairos Project can work well in global contexts.
Outcomes-Based Education is an educational philosophy that focuses on the outcome not the pathway. Schools work with stakeholders to identify and articulate learning outcomes for programs, then decide how it will assess whether or not students have reached those outcomes.
We've embraced an outcomes-based philosophy of education that permeates every program and educational track. Some students interact with that philosophy by taking a traditional course in a traditional way, while others interact through distance education and contextual learning opportunities.
Roughly 70 students attended the recent Kairos Project intensive. Students came from three countries, two continents, and several states. All had one thing in common: they were here because someone told them about it.
We join our friends in the North American Baptsit Conferencein mourning the loss of alumnus Dr. Gordon Stork (MDiv & MACO '86; DMin '97), who served as an NAB Regional Minister, pastor, and former administrator at Sioux Falls Seminary.
As we enter into the third year of the Kairos Project at Sioux Falls Seminary, I am more convinced than ever that mentor teams and contextual learning are great ideas. This reality should come as a surprise to no one.