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Reimagining Theological Education: Introduction

In the opening sections of God Dreams Will Mancini explores various ways an active imagination is vital for us to be fully human and experience God’s work in our lives and communities. Mancini’s focus is on how we can develop a God-inspired vision for local churches and ministries. Too often, he writes, our visions and dreams are generic and nothing like what God dreams and desires for us.

Mancini also writes what has been echoed by Reggie McNeal and many others that the “church of God doesn’t have a mission as much as the mission of God has a church” (you may need to read the previous sentence again if it’s a new concept). It’s almost become a cliché to suggest that the world has changed over the past few years. If this is true, and I believe it is, then the way that we design the church to carry out God’s mission must change as well. As part of the larger Church, Winebrenner Seminary and other organizations dedicated to theological education and discipleship, should also be continually organizing and re-organizing around mission and strategy in order to engage and serve this changing world.

In the coming weeks we’ll be considering what it looks like to organize and re-organize around mission and strategy for 2022 and beyond. Join us as we explore ways to reimagine theological education!

For readers connected with the Churches of God, General Conference (CGGC), you may also be interested in a recent post focused on “Reimagining” written by CGGC Executive Director and Winebrenner Board member Lance Finley by clicking here. Also, the most recent copy of the Global Advocate, also focused on “Reimagining” can be accessed by clicking here.

If you’ve ever taken a moment to read the strapline of this InDepth series, you’ll notice that it states “InDepth – reimagining theological education.” This series will help get to the heart of why this blog exists as we highlight some of where we’ve been, where we are currently, and how the future may look different.

– Dr. Brent C. Sleasman, President

You can join us on Co-Mission to continue this conversation – if you already have an account, you should be able to access the recording by clicking here. If you don’t have an account, you should be taken to the sign in page that will allow you to access for free.