As we discuss the Kingdom of God, we want to say “thank you” to the countless individuals, groups, and organizations that join us as we follow God into mission. Our ability to develop students for their unique callings is enhanced when we partner with others and faithfully steward what we have.
We are excited to publish our annual Advent booklet. This year's booklet, His Kingdom among Us, was written by Sioux Falls Seminary alumni. It contains a devotional for each week of Advent plus one for Christmas Day. Our hope is that the booklet will illustrate the true meaning of this season.
Over the next few months at Sioux Falls Seminary we are venturing into a discussion of the Kingdom of God. It is a rich, but difficult, biblical theme! To gain a better understanding of the Kingdom of God, one of the best ways to start is by clarifying the saying of Jesus: “the Kingdom of God is among you.”
We serve a God of abundance. Rather than trying to build walls around our own little kingdoms, we are to be about the work of the Kingdom. At Sioux Falls Seminary, our work starts with the local church and moves from there. We walk alongside others as we cooperatively participate in God’s work.
For the past three weeks, we have looked at various components of theological education that might need to be addressed if we create a new paradigm of theological education. This week, we are going to discuss the role of faculty in a new paradigm.
Dr. Paul Rainbow, Nate Helling, Gretchen Hartmann, and Karla Tschetter were all recently honored when Sioux Falls Seminary presented its second annual Excellence Awards. Please join us in thanking our 2014 recipients for their roles in creating a culture of excellence in Christian service.
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.