As we enter into the third year of the Kairos Project at Sioux Falls Seminary, I am more convinced than ever that mentor teams and contextual learning are great ideas. This reality should come as a surprise to no one.
Agile Program Development is a method by which schools can develop programs that meet a need and are responsive to student and market realities. This philosophy embraces the idea that we are not the keepers of pedagogical truth.
The Kairos Project has been up and running at Sioux Falls Seminary for two academic years. We are entering our third year, and students in the program account for nearly one-half of all the seminary’s master-level students. We have learned a lot over the past two years.
Two years ago, Sioux Falls Seminary embarked on a remarkable journey as we launched a new educational paradigm called the Kairos Project. In our first announcement about the program, we talked about our desire to shift the focus of theological education.
The new academic year began last Monday. Students returned to campus and are journeying together on the road of theological education. Faculty and administration are committed to making theological education more affordable, accessible, and relevant as they remain faithful to their calling as servants of God.
We have been planning our annual Women in Community event. We are very excited for Friday, September 23! This week, we’ll preview Women in Community by learning more about Christy Fay, guest speaker, and her call to join God in the renewal of all things.
Alumnus Randy Reese (M.Div. '93), who passed away on August 11, was one of the seminary’s alumni who serves others and builds up the body of Christ. He poured his passion into the leadership development of others and remained faithful to his call.
Empty parking spaces and classroom chairs will soon be full. The return of students and the sense of community they bring serve as reminders that God has brought us together for a very specific purpose. Our students, new and returning, are at the core of our mission.
We have the privilege of serving many different individuals from various walks of life and locations around the globe. As we serve those who live near the seminary, within driving distance, and throughout the world, our service is rooted in seven methodologies: all of which focus on serving students and clients well.
We develop servants who will participate in God’s kingdom mission by helping them grow where God has planted them. We have learned, though, that these opportunities work best when the students are actively engaged in ministry or have a desire to pursue a specific type of ministry.