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Communicating to Customers without Capitulating to Consumers

Communicating to Customers without Capitulating to Consumers

The ABHE-Barna research project affirms that our traditional conflation of “ministry vocation” with “church occupation” is not only incongruent with biblical teaching, it also fails to capture the imagination of our prospective students. Have we been guilty of propagating an unbiblical sacred/secular vocational divide that confines sacred activity to church property and programs, inhibiting whole life discipleship that affirms and releases God’s people to be on mission with Him 24/7?

From Features to Benefits

From Features to Benefits

Let’s continue our analysis of the ABHE-Barna Group’s What’s Next for Bible Colleges? research report. We began a few weeks ago by considering the reality and implications of our Bible colleges’ Definitional Dilemma     Subsequently, we took up the second of...

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Simply put, most of the Christian public, even the prospective students and parents most compatible with our mission and educational programs, have either a blurred or boxed conception of who we are. Here’s the problem: faith leaders, Christian parents, and prospective students don’t typically relate to that definition who we are and what we do. They either blur us in with Christian liberal arts colleges or they (more typically) box us in by assuming only those definitely called to serve in formal church ministry occupations should consider us.

What’s All the Buzz About Competency Based Education? – Part II

What’s All the Buzz About Competency Based Education? – Part II

If you are not aware of the contemporary surge of interest in Competency Based Education, you should be. Fresh interest in CBE is being driven by innovators at the institutional level but also by policy makers at the national and international levels. One institution with a historical connection to ABHE is at the forefront of the CBE conversation. Welcome to our second installment of excerpts from our interview with Northwest Baptist Seminary President, Kent Anderson, and Director of Competency Based Theological Education, Ruth McGillivray, about an innovative approach to Competency Based Education.