Questions about the future of theological education and its viability seem to be on the rise. The economy and technology provide the instigation. Can students afford tuition? Are donors happy? What about investment income? Are there ways to more effectively reach those who long for formal education but are increasingly unwilling to put vocational calling on hold and move to a distant city? Is a combination of cyber campus and bricks and mortar a viable possibility?
These are matters faced by many if not all seminaries. For my two cents you should consider Biblical Seminary if you are interested in formal theological education. Dave Dunbar, President of Biblical, recently offered some thoughts on the shape of theological education at Biblical. Theologial education rooted in the mission of God properly bridges the un-healthy divide between the theoretical and practical veins coursing through seminary education.
My five reasons to consider Biblical Seminary.1. Dave Dunbar – Leading in transition demands risk-taking. No failure of nerve is allowed when making the long slow turn toward a new vision. An academic always learning facilitates an atmosphere of learning among others. Great conversationalist.
2. John Franke and Todd Mangum – I am sure I would be taken by all of the faculty members at Biblical. But, my pleasure has been to develop friendships with John and Todd. Observing their friendship and the sharpening of ideas that takes place between them is inspiratioal. Every faculty needs someone who is willing to think forward, even with great risk. John understands the nature of the theological turn needed to address our post- everything world. People like John are often mis-understood as they stand at the front edge looking for hope-filled intersections between Gospel and world. He really is a theologican on the “edge of the inside” in the best sense of the phrase.
3. Support Administration – Pam, Rick, Karen, the tech guys and others help create a great campus atmonsphere.
4. Students I have met – from the first ETREK to the current Shapevine course the learning realtionshps extend both directions. Todd, Ginger, Tim, Kriss Ann, Adam, Kristi, Adam, Bruce, among so many more.
5. Hatfield, PA and its surrounding area – the Philadelphia area is always a great place to spend some time.