“Go north young man, go north!” Dr. Soden counseled me and some friends nearing graduation from Oklahoma Baptist University. At the time, Dr. Soden was teaching at O.B.U. He was, and is, among my favorites. I did not listen. Wished I had.
I am not dissatisfied with my educational track. It is simply that Dr. Soden’s intent was to say I needed to “get out of the south” for a more rounded academic experience. Years later and opportunities to be stretched in places north of the Mason-Dixon line, I see the wisdom in his advice. So, if you are reading this or know someone who should be, “Go north young man or woman, go north.” That is, to Northern Seminary. And no, this is not a paid advertisement, though J.R. did sell me on the idea my web traffic would triple. Shout out to J.R. Rozko!
What lies north at Northern Seminary? David Fitch will be launching a D.Min. cohort at Northern Seminary in Missional Leadership. The program will include learning with Alan Roxburgh and Craig Van Gelder. I have taken an online course with David (Readings in Postmodern Philosophy and Theology), enjoyed dinner with Alan in Philadelphia while we were both visiting at Biblical Seminary, and admired Craig for his interactions with Ed Stetzer. I have read David’s, The Great Giveaway and am pining for his forthcoming book. I have read Roxburgh’s The Missional Leader. And, I must now pick up one of Craig’s. (I am thinking he is in on an upcoming book with Stetzer.)
Consider Northern Seminary for it’s particular bent toward spiritual formation and missional theology, and the affordability/accessibility of the program. I would consider Northern for the opportunity to study with theologian/practitioner David Fitch. Roxburgh and Van Gelder put the opportunity over the top. Go north young man or woman, go north!