As mainline seminaries close down, consolidate, or sell off property and evangelical schools struggle to remain sustainable, theological schools serving immigrants are seeing renewed vitality. Both Pentecostal and Asia-based schools are seeing increases in enrollment as their American counterparts continue to experience cuts.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Traditional seminaries are struggling to remain financially viable, but there are alternatives that appear to be growing.
- Diversity Is Key: Seminaries connected with growing demographics, including immigrants who value theological education, will be the most sustainable over the long term.
- Finding New Models: As traditional, standalone seminaries struggle, there are opportunities to shift ministry and theology training to local churches.
- Understanding our Communities: The model you choose will largely be determined by understanding your community and the ministry needs of pastors and church members.
How can your church contribute to the future of theology training?
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