Two years ago, Sioux Falls Seminary embarked on a remarkable journey as we launched a new educational paradigm called the Kairos Project. In our first announcement about the program, we talked about our desire to shift the focus of theological education.
The new academic year began last Monday. Students returned to campus and are journeying together on the road of theological education. Faculty and administration are committed to making theological education more affordable, accessible, and relevant as they remain faithful to their calling as servants of God.
We have been planning our annual Women in Community event. We are very excited for Friday, September 23! This week, we’ll preview Women in Community by learning more about Christy Fay, guest speaker, and her call to join God in the renewal of all things.
Alumnus Randy Reese (M.Div. '93), who passed away on August 11, was one of the seminary’s alumni who serves others and builds up the body of Christ. He poured his passion into the leadership development of others and remained faithful to his call.
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.