Kentucky Seminary Receives Nearly $1 Million Lilly Educational Innovation Grant – Baptist News Global
Baptist Seminary of Kentucky will receive nearly $1 million from the Lilly Endowment for a project to help non-traditional students gain theological education while working in churches.
BSK’s Siloam project aims to increase access to education for those already in ministerial positions without forcing them to leave those positions and move for seminary. BSK has been a leader in distance learning and educational partnerships, two current trends that are supporting seminaries at the start of the 21st century.
“Together with our partners at the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., Simmons College of Kentucky, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, BSK’s Siloam Project creates opportunities for leaders who want to study where they live and serve, while developing a sustainable contextual environment. model for theological education,” said President David Cassady. “We are thrilled to walk alongside congregations as we train ministers together for a rapidly changing church and culture.”
The $998,725 grant comes from Lilly’s Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative. It is a three-phase initiative designed to help schools of theology in the United States and Canada meet contemporary challenges. BSK is one of 105 theological schools to receive phase two grants.
Project Siloam will accelerate BSK’s congregation-centered approach, recognizing that the context of a person’s ministry is an ideal setting for theological education. Aspects of the project aim to increase the quality of student education, improve access for people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to obtain an advanced degree, and increase capacity with our partners to develop continuing education for church leaders. Part of the project involves working with “Learning Churches” to improve BSK’s approach to contextual theological education.
Theological schools today “find themselves in a period of rapid and profound change,” said Christopher L. Coble, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for religion. “Through the Pathways initiative, theological schools will take deliberate steps to address the challenges they have identified in the way that makes the most sense to them. We believe their efforts are essential to ensuring that Christian congregations continue to have a steady stream of well-prepared pastoral leaders to lead the churches of tomorrow.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is based in Indianapolis private philanthropic foundation established in 1937 by JK Lilly Sr. and his sons Eli and JK Jr. through donations of stock in their pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly and Co. It is a separate entity from the pharmaceutical company.
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