The School of Women in Ministry Partnership
At Taylor Seminary we believe it is important for theological education to be a system of interconnected parts. That is to say theological education is something that requires seminaries, denominations, local churches, ministry leadership training programs, and more to work together. By working together we are able to more fully represent the Kingdom of God and more fully embrace the unique value each partner brings to the journey of theological education.
As a result of seeing theological education as a system, Taylor Seminary works hard to develop partnerships with kingdom-minded ministries who are passionate about developing followers of Christ for the call God has placed before them. One such partnership is with the School of Women in Ministry.
Originally developed by Pamela Heim in the United States for women involved in leading women’s ministries, The School of Women in Ministry was launched in Canada in 2002. Since the first Canadian school in Langley, BC, over 100 women from a range of Christian denominations and diverse ministries across Western Canada have graduated from the program. Below is some exciting news about the program, shared by Christa Eisbrenner, the Dean of the School of Women in Ministry.
After some years without a Canadian program, the School of Women in Ministry is being relaunched for the Canadian context in partnership with the Baptist General Conference of Canada, Taylor Seminary, and Sioux Falls Seminary. This international movement has been traveling around the globe to places like Switzerland, France, USA and has just wrapped up it’s first school in Mongolia. Plans for future schools in Japan, Romania and Uganda are also underway! But first, the School of Women in Ministry will be here in Alberta, with live feed satellite sites in BC and Manitoba!
In most career positions, there is an expectation of professional development that is either required or expected. Yet, within the church setting, we have a host of volunteers who have little or no training for the ministry in which they serve. Many women currently involved in church programs long for coaching and training opportunities; others are hesitant to become involved as they feel unprepared for a leadership role. If the church is to fulfill Christ’s mission, women want and need excellent training to increase their competence and confidence in ministry. The School of Women in Ministry is specifically developed to offer an affordable, accessible and applicable way to meet these needs.
To fit into the lives of busy women, we meet in the classroom on six Saturdays over an 18-month period. Those six class days follow an essential overview for anyone who wants to grow in spiritual formation, biblical knowledge and ministry training. In between class days students will complete assignments that are relevant to their lives and ministries, as well as a ministry project of their own design. Students will stay in community through online forums, as well as meeting with a professional Christian life coach to help the student discern how their learning and practices are unique to their lives. This model of learning has strong parallels to the Kairos Project, a global network of theological education with hubs at Taylor Seminary and Sioux Falls Seminary. We are proud to offer a partnership with Kairos that empowers students from the School of Women in Ministry to use this training towards a certificate or masters degree!
It’s an exciting opportunity to be involved with real-world, applicable learning for busy women who desire that God would use them where they are – or in a new way! The School of Women in Ministry is an equipping ministry that is designed to teach and encourage women in the areas of theology, church history, service, leadership, and ministry work with the goal of using their gifts in service to Christ; both within the church and community.
The school exists to serve the church by equipping, training and supporting the women in the body of believers to serve with more vigour, intentionality and effectiveness than ever before.
- How would your church be impacted by women who were equipped and excited to apply the Word of God more infinitely within their lives, and the lives of those around them?
- What if they brought that training back to you and the others in your church?
- What if the women in your church had the confidence and competence to carry out what God was calling them to?
The School of Women in Ministry aims to help answer these questions and more. There’s no telling what could happen when God moves! Be a part of it!
We at Taylor are excited about this partnership and the fact that it is led by Christa Eisbrenner, an adjunct professor here at Taylor. If you’d like to learn more about their program, please check out their website by clicking here. If you’d like to learn more about the Kairos Project, go to www.taylor-edu.ca/kairos!