Chicago's Episcopal seminary goes all in on field education
Churches have long outsourced theological education. Now it's moving back.
Princeton Theological Seminary's farm grows food. But this isn't the main point.
Theological schools occupy a unique place within higher education. With relatively small enrollments and modest endowments, seminaries feel the cutting edge of change. Online learning, new degree programs, and nontraditional scheduling proliferate. And rumors abound that one school or another might shut down.
I knew Jannie Swart's witness would have a lasting impact on our seminary. I didn't anticipate how it would challenge me in the classroom.
"We had to be willing to do a clear-eyed assessment of our financial situation—and to risk our old identity for the sake of a renewed mission."
There is much hand-wringing about the future of theological education. Yet graduates still follow the Spirit's call into some form of ministry.