In a recent private forum I heard, “Graduate theological education should be reserved for the very best. Seminaries, on the other hand, should have room for everyone.” Is that true?
This is my last week serving as Director and Mission Developer of The Project F-M (our new Director starts Wednesday!). Much is swirling through my head — and past my desktop — these last days, but here’s a few fairly random thoughts about leadership, young adult ministry, and transition. It’s all about relationships. Thankfully, since [...]
I have recently returned from the 18th Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference held at Augsburg College, Minneapolis. The conference theme was “A Calling to Embrace Creation: Lutheran Higher Education, Sustainability and Stewardship.” I enjoyed both the conference as a whole and exploring the particular sustainability theme, and I’m left with the following thoughts, some [...]
I know of plenty books that tell you how to get into medical school, how to study for the LSAT, or how to thrive in business school, but books on seminary education are pretty rare indeed. Keeping the Faith in Seminary not only fills a gap in for anyone interested in what seminary is like [...]
Though doing so makes me a bit bashful as I’m featured in it, I would like to review Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible by Elizabeth Drescher and Keith Anderson (both Twitter and Facebook friends whom I’ve never met in real life. Yet.) In short: it’s a darn good book. Unless you have a [...]
I still remember the first time I heard about St. Olaf College. I was in Montreat, North Carolina at a music and worship conference at which John Ferguson was serving on the faculty. At a dinner, John (who I now know fondly as “Ferg”) suggested I attend St. Olaf College, a small liberal arts college [...]
I’m extraordinarily excited to announce that I’ve been appointed to the position of Faculty Director for Faith and Leadership at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota! As President Craft recently shared, “The position, with its home in the Religion Department, will provide leadership for a new Concordia Religion Major Concentration in Faith and Leadership that combines [...]
My day has arrived to be featured on the Religion and Media Blog Tour 2012 with Professor Mark Vitalis Hoffman (website, blog), Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. (More information and a listing of all the tour stops here.) In August, LTSG, in partnership with Luther Seminary, will launch of [...]
A lot of my work leading The Project F-M has to do with understanding the context of Fargo-Moorhead, the broad context including young adults, older folks, and the established congregations in town. And then there’s the issue of my leadership, my self-awareness and approach to ministry. I’ve recently made some seemingly simple observations about both that have gone a long way in helping The Project F-M move forward.