God is able to do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine. Sioux Falls Seminary alumnus Barry Saylor got us started by reminding us that in everything we do, we must be dependent upon the "father of all fatherhoods" and know that as each "narrative unfolds," it does so only by the work of God. Praise be to God.
Nine years ago, I was sitting at a conference for seminary administrators. One of the presentations was on fundraising trends within the industry. The speaker spent a lot of time talking about how sources of giving were shifting and how schools needed to get better at “raising money from individual donors.”
The past few years at SFS have been quite exciting. We’ve seen God’s provision come through in powerful ways and are thankful for the opportunity to walk alongside an increasing number of students. Some of God’s provisions include an increase in enrollment, being able to serve students around the world, and a decrease in student borrowing.
I have previously said “Imagine a new system. One that takes seriously the value of local ministry contexts while integrating technology and retaining the important essence of formational community while maintaining academic rigor.” At the time, the Kairos Project was something we were building.
Theological education began as something the church did to develop pastors. Then, theological education flowed from within the local church. However, distance between the church and the academy began to widen and soon seminaries “served” the church instead of being part of it.
Last week, in part one of this series, we talked about how words like innovation, change, reimagine, and creativity have been over used and abused in theological education over the last several years. We shared how the need to make a paradigm shift is essential to bringing about true change and innovation.
Innovation. Change. Reimagine. Creativity. Words like these have been over used for the past decade in the world of theological education. Schools, churches, accrediting bodies, ministries, and even denominations have spent a whole lot of time and energy trying to build new “models” of theological education.
The past four years at Sioux Falls Seminary have been filled with creative moments of the Spirit. Over the next year, we will share some parts of our story as we give thanks for what God has done. Starting this week, we will reflect on some creative moments that God has used to help write this current chapter of our history.
In examining Paul’s closing lines of Ephesians 3, one must assess the full message Paul is presenting throughout this chapter. In the opening verses, Paul introduces the idea of the mystery of the gospel. For Paul, this mystery that was once concealed is now made known in Christ; the secret of the ages has been revealed.
On March 21, 2014, I had to privilege of being formally appointed as the 12th president of Sioux Falls Seminary. As the seminary community stepped boldly into the mission and ministry God placed in front of us, we identified Ephesians 3:20-21 as a passage of Scripture that could embody our journey.