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Nov
30

Kairos Series: Principles of CBTE

Last week, we introduced the concept of competency-based theological education (CBTE). Today, we will explore its principles. Several schools within the Association of Theological Education are attempting to live into this new reality. Currently, Kairos is the most widely distributed community of learning built around the concepts of CBTE.

Nov
23

Kairos Series: From CBE to CBTE

We’ve been exploring the Kairos philosophy of education the past few weeks. Last week we took a deeper look at outcome-based and competency-based education and why they begin with the end in mind and how that differs from the approach often taken in modern higher education. Today, we introduce the concept of competency-based theological education.

Nov
16

Kairos Series: Exploring OBE & CBE

Last week we kicked off a new series exploring the Kairos philosophy of education. The next few weeks, we will explain why “competency-based education” may not be the best phrase to describe what Kairos is doing. To start, we will look at outcome-based and competency-based education and how they differ from modern higher education.

Nov
09

Kairos Philosophy Series Introduction

For several weeks, David Williams, President of Taylor Seminary, led us through a conversation about a new way of learning. He invited us to consider everything from how we understand Paul’s words in Romans to the standards of excellence that are embedded in Kairos to how one’s context shapes their learning in profound ways.

Nov
02

Bike Program Creates Momentum in Learning and Ministry

While attending an on-campus Kairos Project gathering in Sioux Falls, SD, student Jesse Rider visited the Center of Hope. Little did he know at the time, this visit would inspire both his work as a campus pastor in Mansfield, OH, and his progress in the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership program. Rider found Center of Hope’s bike to work program.

Oct
26

Virtual Gatherings Creating Unique Opportunities

Gatherings are a key part of the Kairos journey for students, and the highly-contextual model of learning in Kairos is intimately tied them. They provide students and mentors with the opportunity to gather for a week of learning, encouragement, and theological reflection. Gatherings are integral to building community and connections.

Oct
19

Strickland Becomes Emeritus, Looks Forward to Retirement

With the 2020-2021 academic year underway, one professor is beginning a new journey. Rev. Dr. Gary Strickland, who recently retired as Professor of Pastoral Care, taught students how to provide care and counseling to others, especially in some of life’s most challenging circumstances. He joined the faculty in July 2007.

Oct
12

Partnership Spotlight: Dinner Church Collective

We are excited to share a story about one of the newest Kairos partners, the Dinner Church Collective. Verlon and Melodee Fosner were serving in a prototypical small church in Seattle. They faced a problem that seemed all too common: their robust, storied 90-year-old church was dying a slow and quiet death.

Oct
05

Looking Back at the Standards of Excellence Series

We’ve spent several weeks talking about what it means to approach learning in a new way. This week, we look back at what we explored. We began our series with a few observations about standards of excellence. The first observation was about context. We observed that standards of excellence always assume a context.

Sep
28

Knowing is Integrative, Pt. 3

We've been drilling down into the communal and contextual nature of the standards we use as we embrace a more integrated understanding of knowledge. When “knowledge” is equated with “content” and decisions about which “content” have to be made, we've suggested that the vocational context has to be consulted and given a privileged place.

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