Missional in Higher Education

'Through the Looking Glass' photo (c) 2010, Nick Fisher - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/Churches are not the only institution caught in the midst of incredible change and reformation. Seminaries and colleges are also experiencing the upheaval of cultural and technological shift. Many leaders in higher education are wrestling with how to reform and restructure, in order to prepare for the future they know is coming (and, in many ways, is already here). I’d encourage them to read my friend Tony Jones’ recent series on “What Seminary Education Ought to Be.”

While students are increasingly frustrated by the burden of incredible tuition debt, the call to seek higher education continues to roll on. Scot McKnight (someone I confused for all the time, no doubt because of our smashing good looks) has written “10 Reasons to Attend Seminary,” but keep in mind he teaches at Northern Seminary in Chicago, so he has to say things like this. (*wink*)

With summer registration deadlines looming, I thought now would be a good time to highlight some of the many degree programs that are now available for those interested in more formal education around missional leadership and church ministry (in no particular order):

I’m sure there are other degree programs that are missing from this. Do you know of others? Please post them (preferably with links for more info) in the comments! I’ll update this post as more information comes in.

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