4/20/2009

What I know of IWU's new Seminary

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Here's what I know about IWU's new seminary.


keith drury

18 comments:

Dan said...

Sounds good. One question: why the traditional Asbury type building for an innovative seminary? Might want the architecture to match the content. I know, "You can't judge a book by its cover." ;-)

Ken Schenck said...

Do any of the buildings at Asbury have a cupola? :-)

The idea was continuity with the undergraduate campus (brick) yet distinctiveness from the campus(cupola).

Dave Ward said...

This is really fantastic. Hats off to Russ and Ken and the rest of the crew pulling all of this together.

This really looks exciting, innovative, church serving, and realistic.

HOOORAH!

Thanks Coach for increasing the gravitational pull for all of us orbiting satellites.

I just finished reading a book on practical theology that talked about "practical concerns" driving all theology at "every level" from the very beginning- not simply being a "tack on" to the theological process. It was published in 2008 ... way to go IWU.


Kudos to the Wesleyan church and trustees for making this such an attractive option for Wesleyan pastors too. Wow!!!

tricia said...

You've got me thinking :-)

Scott Hendricks said...

Wow! I can't wait!

Ryan Schmitz said...

Looks great, Nate Lamb and Dr. Schenck both need to take you out to lunch for your advertising of the program.

Anonymous said...

Has obtaining the United Methodist Church's University Senate approval been considered? (Thus allowing UM's to get M.Div's that count toward United Methodist ordination).

Glenn Knepp

alee said...

will this replace or change the master's degrees offered by IWU?

Ken Schenck said...

As you might expect of methodical people, the process of becoming a UM accredited seminary is somewhat involved :-) ...

However, IWU already has an articulation agreement with United Seminary in Ohio for our undergraduates and we are hoping to pursue a relationship with them similar to what Houghton has with them. You take a certain amount of your MDIV with us and then transfer to them to finish up the particulars of United Methodism.

Keith Drury said...

ALEE, like most seminaries IWU's seminary will have both the MDiv degree and other MA degrees... so the present MA continues. -KD

Mark Schnell said...

Hey, I want a free lunch for advertising too! I've been telling everyone who will listen about the program. Before long people will see me coming and say, "We know, we know! IWU has an MDIV and a seminary! Sheesh!"

;-)

Amber Janelle said...

Wow. This sounds incredibly impressive. As a student at and recruiter for WBS, of course part of me is thinking, "There goes perspective students!" But as a Wesleyan and an IWU alumnus, I'm thinking YES! :) The financial break for Wesleyan students is fantastic. I'm excited for what this will mean for the future of the Wesleyan Church when more of our pastors will be able to go to seminary. Way to go to all of you who have spearheaded this. It's definitely needed. I'm excited to see how it progresses!

Anonymous said...

Is it going to be just another spiritual tower of Babel?

Ken Schenck said...

Well, the profs can't Babel for too long... there are outcomes that the course writers have set up for each class. :-)

kerry said...

Not much is being said publicly about Keith Drury's monumental role in the founding and the philosophy of the new seminary. You have been quietly and not-so-quietly working behind the scenes for a Wesleyan seminary for more than 20 years. This is the fulfillment of your dream and you have cast a long shadow in all of the planning and preparations. Your direct influence and indirect influence through younger faculty that you have mentored have contributed to the revolutionary curriculum concepts. The big decisions on finance and structure also have "Coach D" written all over them. All it took was a President who also came with huge support and a belief that God would move and bless this vision. And of course a tremendous team effort.
Keith, thanks for serving the church so well again, as always.

Pastor Al said...

Keith,

I'm about 3/4 through the M.A. in Ministry program. The program certainly looks inviting. Sounds like there may be a pool of interesting electives for all programs?

Br. Chris said...

As a fellow Wesleyan, I am excited about IWU's seminary and fully affirm that accreditation is important. In having worked in academics at a Christian institution and a state institution and having done advanced degrees at both, I think that regional accreditation is superior to ATS accreditation.

Here's why? ATS is recognized within the church and by other ATS schools, but regional accreditation is more broadly recognized outside of those contexts AND allows more flexibility for IWU's program than ATS.

Also, ATS is taking too much time to recognize online programs while most regional associations are working to maintain academic standards and offer online degrees. I believe that it will hold you back in developing as an institution.

Just something to consider...

Schuyler Avenue Wesleyan said...

I really appreciated the two weeks of intensive classes we had.

The program is off to an incredible start.