During the Sesquicentennial Celebration of the Seminary in 2015, we are going to hear many stories of the Seminary’s impact. These narratives can remind us of our history as a pioneer institution.
Today, Lexington Theological Seminary’s model for theological education addresses the barrier to a high-quality theological education that prepares students to serve in congregations. The non-residential, congregation-based model has national and global appeal and reduces direct cost to students thereby reducing dependency on student loans. The strategic use of technology, the online classroom and the non-residential program helps a new population of students to respond to God’s call to ministry. The model invites the local congregation to become fully integrated partners in the education of clergy thus helping to nurture and mentor students into a richer understanding of the rhythms of pastoral life while upholding the Seminary’s tradition of rigorous spirit filled academic preparation and critical thinking.
Finally, the addition of senior practitioners as mentors and peer covenant groups enhance and enrich the practical and spiritual formation of students. The new campus and curriculum reflect an intense commitment to developing students as mature pastoral leaders who can transform and give life to communities of faith through preaching, teaching and leading God’s people.
Charisse Gillett, President