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.”
Theological education is about more than equipping leaders. It’s about developing people for their unique callings--a formational process that includes teaching, equipping, training, educating, action, and reflection as parts of a holistic journey. Join us as we explore what this means for us.
As I begin my service at SFS, I am reminded of Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations . . ."
In an effort to expand opportunities for service to the community, Sioux Falls Seminary is selling the property it owns at 12th Street and Summit Avenue. Resources tied up in the building will be reinvested to further the life-changing work that is taking place through students.
Sioux Falls Seminary will graduate its 156th class at 2:00 p.m. next Saturday, May 25, at First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls. We look forward to celebrating this year's graduates who are all ready to serve God and his mission in a variety of different contexts.