As part of its mission to develop Christ-minded leaders who make a difference in the world, Taylor Seminary believes it is important to collaborate with others who share this passion.
Collaboration is, and always has been, an important aspect of theological education. Over the years, it has taken several different forms, and each generation is tasked with developing new and effective models of collaboration that serve students, the church, and all the various stakeholders within a system of theological education.
In 2015, Sioux Falls Seminary secured funding from In Trust. These funds allowed Sioux Falls to facilitate a gathering of several evangelical schools at which the topic of “large-scale non-geographically bound collaboration” was discussed. Taylor was one of the participants in the initial meeting. Out of that meeting have come several important developments, and more connections are being made every day. One of the most important developments was an initial commitment to partnership.
Behind all of this is the biblical principle of collaboration seen in 1 Corinthians 3:9. We are mere “co-workers in God’s service.” The focus is not on Taylor Seminary, what we own, or who we are. The focus is on working with others to make known the Kingdom of God. In fact, we do not seek partners as out of necessity for growth. Rather, we get to know those the Spirit leads to us. We hear their heart for God's work and Kingdom to see if it aligns with who we are and what God has called us to do and be. If that goes well, we begin talking about how we might partner together.
Today, Taylor Seminary is a Legacy Partner with Sioux Falls Seminary. Legacy partnerships are unique among the various forms of collaboration pursued by Sioux Falls Seminary and Taylor Seminary in that it is a commitment to moving forward together.
Sioux Falls Seminary and Taylor Seminary strongly believe theological education is something that must happen in community and that the community in which it happens has a profound formational impact on students. As a result, when we began working together, we made a commitment to honor the history, heritage, and identity of each other. The stakeholders, local communities of faith, students, faculty, and administrators of our institutions have faithfully pursued their respective missions and each is committed to honoring the other.
While honoring the past, the seminaries are also embracing a future wherein students from around the world can access a wider array of expertise, theological traditions, and unique learning experiences – all while adhering to our shared desire to provide a system of theological education that is affordable, accessible, relevant, and faithful.
On March 23, 2020, Taylor shared the exciting news that Taylor and Sioux Falls were stepping boldly into the future of theological education. To achieve this worthy goal, Taylor Seminary has entered into a teach-out agreement with Sioux Falls Seminary wherein Taylor will relinquish its accreditation on June 30, 2021, and Sioux Falls Seminary will receive its students.
This step is a formal one which will have no material impact on the learning experiences students may use to finish their respective degrees. In fact, it will expand and enhance them. The options for each program will continue until students complete their degrees. If students complete their degrees before June 30, 2021, they will finish under the accreditation of Taylor Seminary. If, however, students need more time to complete their programs and will finish after June 30, 2021, their diploma and transcript will be issued by Sioux Falls Seminary.
Questions about this agreement can be emailed to Dr. David Williams, President of Taylor Seminary, at email@example.com.
Taylor and Sioux Falls Seminary have worked together to foster additional partnerships of this nature. You can read more about these partnerships here.