Welcome to Evangelical Seminary! We are honored that you are considering making us a part of the next step in your story. Our goal is to develop servant leaders for all walks of life. If you want to become more passionate, informed, faithful, and skilled in serving others, we invite you to share your transformational journey with us.
You have already started in what we are now calling the “classic” model of seminary, and can continue in that model for the next two years, at least. We want to give you and other current students as much opportunity as possible to complete your degree as you started it within that time frame.
Instead of a strictly classic approach, students enrolling in Fall 2020 will utilize mentor teams to craft an educational journey unique to each student. In doing so, students will have the option to engage in traditional courses, customized learning experiences, or other creative educational modalities as they deepen the knowledge, character, and ability required to thrive in their vocation. The incoming class of 2020 will serve as a pilot for this approach which is known as the Kairos Project.
Your degree will fall under the direction of Sioux Falls Seminary and likely the Kairos platform. That doesn’t mean, however, that it will necessarily radically change; you might even have more opportunities for completion. It does mean that we will give you individual guidance into and through the transition so you know exactly what you’re doing.
All previous denominational endorsements held by each institutions will carry forward. This includes working relationships with the University Senate of the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Congregational Church, the North American Baptist Conference, the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and more. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with the Office of Enrollment Management and connect with denominational representatives at the time of enrollment.
We’d love to make this opportunity available to everyone immediately. But it’s probably not in your best interest to make the switch and it’s not good for the seminary to change everything all at once. So we’re moving new students into the new thing and keeping the commitments we made to you when you started with us. That means that the short answer is “No” but we will invest great care to make the movement toward graduation as seamless as possible.
Sioux Falls Seminary grew out of the same stream of historic German pietism that we did, and therefore their faith commitments and values, while sometimes expressed a bit differently, parallel ours remarkably. We will continue to be “boldly, broadly, and beautifully evangelical.” We will continue to honor Scripture as authoritative, and continue to honor Jesus Christ as Lord. We will continue to serve the Church as the community of God’s faithful people. We will continue to pursue, teach, and love God’s truth… all of it.
We will be working with the good folks at Sioux Falls to begin sharing some operations in the coming months, so you may eventually see some different points of contact for us. Beyond that, we hope to keep your experience pretty much the same.