A lot has happened at your seminary since my last eNewsletter article!
I am happy to report that we successfully launched a new Doctor of Ministry track in Global Missional Leadership. What distinguishes this degree track from the other two DMin degrees we offer is that students complete all their face-to-face intensives in a variety of international settings in England, Germany, Africa and Southeast Asia. We launched the new GML track with 13 students from around the country and world. Next up, we plan to add a Korean track to our existing DMin in Leadership and Spiritual Formation. More on that in next eNewsletter.
We also met last year’s fundraising goals. We had hoped and prayed that we would receive a total of $180,000 in restricted and unrestricted gifts. Thanks to the generosity of our many faithful donors and the hard work of our seminary development director, Trey Doty, we exceeded our overall goal by $25,000, raising a total of $205,000. I’m happy to report that the seminary far surpassed all its direct and indirect costs and contributed strongly to the university’s financial health.
The seminary also continues to attract record numbers of students from around the country. We now deliver three full degree programs through our Virtual Learning Community (VLC): the Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation (42 hours), the Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (56 hours), and the Master of Divinity (84 hours). Residency in these degree programs is fulfilled through the combination of high-touch online interactivity and face-to-face intensives. Our enrollment this year is at an all-time high, and we prayerfully anticipate stair-step growth in enrollment for the next few years as new GML cohorts come into the mix.
Our Ministry in Contemporary Culture events continue to attract new pastors and leaders to our campus for one-day events, with the likes of Scot McKnight, Joseph Myers and Margaret Feinberg. Keep an eye out for what’s in store for this spring!
Please continue to pray for us as we strive to be the seminary that prepares pastors, church planters, spiritual directors, scholars, and missional leaders for God’s transforming work in the world. Together with you, our alumni, we are the seminary in action!