Category: Invention

Reflections on Summer Summit

Below is a reflection on the 2016 Summer Summit by Sean Witty, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Newton Centre.  View original post here. I sat in on the recent Reimagining Theological Education: Online Conference (June 28, 2016). To those close to it, the need to rethink the training of religious leaders is obvious. What is…

RTE Working Group Update

Around the country one finds a vast variety of new forms of education and training for faith-based ministry. Some are highly specific to local contexts, and some are generalizable; some represent complete independent programs, and some are steps toward an accredited seminary degree. We believe that these diverse training/teaching organizations need some acknowledgment of the…

The Praxis Model

Authored by Kelly Lamon In seminary cafeterias across the country, students are having the same type of conversation over lunch. “When am I actually going to use my understanding of… conciliar magisterium… oikonomia… Arminianism… docetism… atonement theology… etc., etc., etc. How much of this actually matters to my future work?” The cry for relevancy is an…

Rebooting Theological Education

You can also view this post on Huffington Post. Theological education is in crisis. By itself, that’s not new news. What’s newsworthy is some new work on the problems that’s now coming up with solutions – real, viable solutions. Tinkering with the old structures isn’t enough anymore. Admittedly, such analyses are few and far between.…

Spiritual Metabolizing at TWINSOT

If theological education were simply broken, we could fix it. But what if it suffers from increasing irrelevance, perceived or real? Theology is not a deliverable object or commodity that can be repackaged or re-labeled. It’s not an object or a product at all. It’s a process. A subversive journey of communal engagement. A spiritual…

Reinventing at Hatchery LA

Here’s a guest post from our friends at Hatchery LA about their exciting new three year program. As we reimagine theological education together with the Convergence Network, we realize that the crazy thing about our program at Hatchery LA is that the degrees these innovators receive are not the emphasis, but rather fostering our innovators’ passion for…