I recently sat down with MB Biblical Seminary Acting President Dr. Lynn Jost to discuss the state of the seminary in the face of the current troubling economy. Here is what I found.
In this current economic turmoil, the seminary’s Board of Directors recently met to do what Jost called "strategic thinking". Jost said the seminary is focusing on its number one priority—the "mission of the school"—which is preparing pastors and other leaders to serve, as the seminary teaches from its anabaptist/evangelical theological perspective.
Members of the MB Biblical Seminary in Fresno, CA recently took time out to attend the Fresno/Clovis Mayors Prayer Breakfast. At the event leaders gathered to discuss ways of improving their outreach to the citizens of the community.
The event was also an opportunity to increase their understanding of the region and improve their community outreach efforts. All together this helps the Seminary see how it might better position itself to meet the needs for successful leadership training in the Central Valley as they look towards the future.
Faculty, staff and students of MB Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California have written an Easter devotional guide, Walking in the Light, which will be available on the seminary website starting February 25, 2009. The fifty-day devotional guide parallels lectionary texts for the season from the Gospel of John, and focuses on our Christian walk. Walking is a traditional Anabaptist metaphor for discipleship and indicates following Jesus. Light is a common image used in the Gospel of John to refer to Jesus.
Ministry Quest, a leadership development program of MB Biblical Seminary, has named Mike Rea to the position of Program Director. The new position, based on the Seminary’s Fresno, California campus, will give direction to MQ’s high school program.
InterVarsity Press (IVP) released the Global Dictionary of Theology in October 2008. The dictionary is in itself a global conversation about theology, bringing together articles by theologians and scholars from all over the world, some of which were jointly written by authors separated by oceans and continents.
Representatives from Canadian Mennonite University (Gordon Matties), Columbia Bible College (Virginia Hooper), Bethany College (Rick McCorkindale), Canadian Conference (Ewald Unruh), Ministry Quest (Cam Priebe) and Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (Doug Berg) gathered at the International Leadership Association (ILA) conference in Los Angeles November 12-15 to further the cause of leadership development within the Mennonite Brethren denomination.