Partnership is a very important aspect of our work. We believe God calls us to create integrated systems of theological education by honoring the work others do and recognizing that there is much we can learn from others. By partnering with others, the wider church is blessed through enhanced access to theological education.
As we consider what it means for Sioux Falls Seminary to walk alongside others as they become fully alive in Christ, it's important to focus on how the seminary serves the community of Sioux Falls. When I reflect upon the ways in which SFS is serving Sioux Falls, I think of how parts of it are woven into almost every aspect of the city.
This past Saturday, we celebrated the 159th graduating class of Sioux Falls Seminary. What an exciting time! We came together to mark the culmination of each student’s journey and to rejoice in the new season of life into which they are entering. Our focus on what it means to be “fully alive” seems fitting.
Seminaries have seen a number of variations in the types of students that they serve, including variations in denomination, location, age, purpose of enrollment, etc. We believe it is vital to understand who God is calling us to serve so we might walk alongside those God places in our care.
As we embrace our role in God’s mission, steward his creation, and participate in his ongoing work, our role as image-bearers requires us to serve others in the name of Christ. One way we do this is through our annual Rosebud Immersion Experience, which will take place on July 8-14 this year.
This year the spring intensive of the Kairos Project falls very near the heart of the Christian calendar. Students from across America and around the globe will come to our Sioux Falls campus for a high-impact learning experience we are titling “The Centered Church.” This week, we explore the topic of being centered.
We continue on our Discernment, Call, and Discipleship series by sharing two articles from our friends at VantagePoint3. This week’s article is written by Rob Loane and looks at how honoring the particular in every person’s story can have a transformational impact. Next week's article will focus on the topic of discipleship.
Last week, we began a series of articles that we are sharing from seminary friends and partners in ministry, all of which focus on either discernment, call, or discipleship. This week we are pleased to share an article by Christy Fay, which was shared through her website. Fay feels deeply called to the study and teaching of God’s Word.
Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing a number of articles from seminary friends and partners in ministry, all on discernment, call, and discipleship. Last week we touched briefly on the importance of taking the time to listen to God. This week’s article is an e-reflection, written by Dr. Barton in December 2016.
On April 18, we will welcome Dr. Ruth Haley Barton as the featured speaker at our annual Hiller Lectureship. With Barton guiding our time together, this year’s event will focus on helping individuals embrace their roles in God’s kingdom work by forging the connection between their souls and their leadership.