The past year has required us all to shift various plans. Whether we have had to change our vacations, rethink our work schedules and office situations, or come up with alternate educational choices, change has marked our lives in recent days.
At Bethlehem College & Seminary, we have had to pivot left and right, then left again, in order to continue to fulfill our mission to provide an education in serious joy to our students here in Minneapolis. We had to shift briefly to online classes at the beginning of the pandemic (thankfully, we have been in-person for this entire academic year), come up with alternative ways to enjoy Christian community with each other, and figure out how to work together as a faculty and staff when, on occasion, we were unable to share office space. By the grace of God, though, we have overcome the challenges of the past year and are pressing on with our mission.
As we press on, one of the things we are doing is continuing to admit students for our 2021–2022 academic year. We are excited to see our undergraduate and graduate programs being populated with quality men and women and are excited to see these students hit the ground in the summer of 2021.
What we want to do here, though, is to let you know that due in large measure to pandemic-related issues, several of the students we have accepted into our M.Div. program need to defer matriculation until Fall 2022. That means we have four to five spots that have opened up for the incoming seminary cohort of Fall 2021.
For those of you who are unaware, our seminary program invites 15–18 men to spend four years diving into a rigorous theological education and pastoral apprenticeship in the context of a globally minded local church. Our aim is to raise up God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated, and mission-minded men for the joy of all peoples and the fame of Jesus’ name.
So, if you’re considering seminary, and you desire a robust program of study in an intentionally small school, in close relationship with 15–18 other men and their families for the next four years, we would love to talk with you about what it means to receive an education in serious joy at Bethlehem College & Seminary. Perhaps the Lord would have you fill one of the four to five open seats in Fall 2021. Or if this opportunity is not for you personally, it may be just right for someone you know. Feel free forward or socialize this message such that more might become aware of this opportunity.
For God’s Glory and the Joy of All Peoples,
Jonathon D. Woodyard
Dean of Admissions & Assistant Professor of Theology and History