Change that sustains
As the church evolves, SFTS looks ahead
Change is increasingly visible throughout the church, and ministry is evolving to meet those challenges. “The seminary is reconceiving, researching, and developing relationships in order to best serve the new generation of D.Min. students,” said Rev. Dr. Virstan Choy. “We are committed to teaching students from new generations and from other faith traditions. Just as we are encouraging our students to find new ways of ministry, the Seminary is researching innovative ways to teach.”
One of those ways is by shifting perspective on the D.Min. program. Typically, its focus has been on academic training for individuals who want to enhance their ministry skills. With today’s evolving spiritual environment, SFTS is reaching out to supporters and potential students who view SFTS more as a place where they can explore new ways to create lasting change, a type of research and development laboratory. “Our students come here to study and work on projects and experiments, not for themselves only, but for new understandings, approaches, and tools that can be useful to others engaged in the practice of ministry,” said Choy.
It stands to reason that an innovative program would also hold a new approach to the culminating project—the dissertation. SFTS has redefined the parameters of the traditional 200-page written document by including the use of digital media when appropriate.