While most VTS students were preparing for their mid-term exams and papers on reading day last Friday, the faculty met for an all-day meeting to plan, dream, decide, and pray together.
We began with an exercise aimed to have us name our strengths and concerns as a community. Together we explored questions such as, What is needed for our faculty to thrive? What do we hope VTS will be for the sake of our students, the church, and the world? What are the unresolved issues facing our community? Then in small groups we read through Ephesians 4 and shared what we heard together.
Following this, we spent the rest of the day thinking about a possible capital campaign, receiving reports from committees, discussing possibilities for incorporating more content on economic choices and challenges into our curriculum, and hearing the assessment report on our academic programming in 2015-16. It was a full meeting!
Every day I am so grateful for the faculty at VTS. We don’t agree on everything of course, but there is no doubt as to our commitment to theological education and eagerness to bring our very best to the task. And every day I pray that we all might grow even more in our service to God as we live out our calling as the VTS faculty.
“The body makes itself grow in that it builds itself up with love as each one does its part” (Ephesians 4:16)
The Rev. Melody D. Knowles, Ph.D.
Acting Dean and President
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Old Testament