On June 30, I officially retire as Academic Vice President and Dean and Professor of Homiletics and Christian Ministry at our seminary. While I have been here, I have sought to use my gifts of teaching and administration to help our students prepare for service.
We honor George W. Lang. He passed away June 4, 2015, at the age of 86. We are thankful for your service to God and his kingdom and for the impact you made in the lives of so many. Lenore and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Visitation is this evening, June 5.
Stewardship matters. That's why we've been using our gifts to serve others. As Chief Operating Officer, I spend much of my time thinking about how we can steward organizational resources for maximum kingdom effectiveness. This happens many different ways.
The past 15 months have been a celebration of God’s work, and we referred to this season as, Immeasurably More. Over those months, we have seen God raise up new partnerships, expand financial resources, and lead our institution through a process of renewal.
Sioux Falls Seminary students journey through life and learning with a team of mentors and professors. I'm privileged to be a part of the Kairos teaching team. My role is to teach on the topic of biblical stewardship, a central theme in Scripture and theological education.
At times, participating in God’s work can seem daunting because we are not sure we have anything to give. Other times, we think the only thing that people “give” is money and are, therefore, limited in our understanding of stewardship and participation. Over the next three months, we are going to focus on 1 Peter 4:10.
The end of the semester is around the corner. I look forward to celebrating commencement with our seminary family. As we conclude our discussion on participation in God’s mission, I’m challenging our graduates to step out and boldly follow God into mission and to consider their work in light of what God is doing in the world.
As we discuss participation in God’s mission, we reflect on why it’s important to help students grow where God has planted them. Possibly more than ever in the life of the church in North America, we need to understand the church is a missionary community. What does that mean for a seminary?
Sioux Falls Seminary actively participates in God’s kingdom is through its continued commitment to our indigenous neighbors. For eight years, we have partnered with Wiconi International to offer an intensive week-long immersion course on the Rosebud Reservation in South central South Dakota.
In the fall of 2013, Sioux Falls Seminary launched a Training in Spiritual Direction program. Two cohorts of students (fall 2013 and fall 2014) have joined us on this journey. But what is spiritual direction? Why does it matter? How can we better understand those we walk alongside as we participate in God’s mission?