The future of the church and the future of the seminary are inextricably linked.
It’s not news that United Methodist churches are losing their members…and their confidence. But what you may not know, in part because of our denomination’s focus on issues of human sexuality, is that a new kind of seminary is regenerating to provide the kind of leadership our changing neighborhoods need. Unlike traditional seminaries that concentrate on preparing pastors to maintain healthy churches in stable environments, new seminaries are finding ways to relate to who we are today—people who long to rediscover our sense of mission. A New Church and a New Seminary makes the case that our church is worth saving because our bonds are precious, our shared vision is righteous, and we can accomplish more together than we could do apart. To that end, these new seminaries are producing disciples who will foster hope, wisdom, creativity, and engagement with the great issues of our day.
From the Faultlines collection, resources intended to inform conversations around human sexuality and the church.