Imagine a system of theological education in which the seminary serves as a platform. Rather than a place where students must go and from which they must be sent, the seminary would serve as a connector between students and their callings. A platform builds value for every part of the network.
Since 2003, the amount seminaries are spending to deliver theological education has risen by about 30%. Many seminaries are searching for ways to bridge the gap between rising costs and declining enrollment. At Sioux Falls Seminary, we are committed to developing a new way forward.
Theological education is something that’s, most often, added to a student’s busy life instead of being integrated into it. As we move into a new paradigm of theological education, it may be time for us to reconsider the traditional definition of a full-time student.
Sioux Falls Psychological Services, our counseling clinic here at Sioux Falls Seminary, has a clear, meaningful mission: we meet you where you are…offering hope. We offer hope through different specialized clinics and through training for counseling professionals.
Have you ever wondered why God called you to serve on his team? For a lot of us, the call of God came sneaking into our lives like a surprise spiritual ice bucket and just about as welcome. I've heard many stories over the years. Some people talk about avoiding their calls for fifteen or more years.
Swiss theologian, Emil Brunner, once wrote, “The Church exists by mission, just as a fire exists by burning.” What a potent and challenging statement! Just as a pile of sticks is not a fire until there are flames, a group of people is not the Church until there is a commitment to the Mission of God.
In an effort to expand the reach and opportunities for service to the community, Sioux Falls Seminary is excited to enter into a strategic partnership with Compassion Child Care in Sioux Falls to provide affordable housing and care to single mothers.
As the academic year begins, we reflect on Ephesians 4:1: “…walk in a manner worthy of the calling that you have been called…” This verse speaks of what seminaries are really all about: developing students to better “walk in a manner worthy of their callings.”
Our vision is to create a system of theological education that shifts the focus from chronos to kairos. In this system, students are fully engaged, and learning is more effective because it’s built around moments in time that naturally encourage integrated learning.
As Sioux Falls Seminary develops individuals for their unique calling in ministry, we begin by discussing the primary call for all of Christ’s followers. Ephesians 4:1 reads, “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.”