Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary has been recognized by The Center for Faith and Service on their Seminaries that Change the World website. Austin Seminary is one of twenty-six institutions honored for their "distinction, inspiration, engagement and collaboration."
"Austin Seminary congratulates all of the other seminaries who, with us, were selected for the privilege of being 'Seminaries that Change the World,' and we are pleased to be named for this honor for a second time," said President Theodore J. Wardlaw. "It is our job to educate students who are preparing to go out into the world as agents of change in the name of our big, world-changing God, and we look forward to continuing this mission into the future!"
According to the Seminaries that Change the World press release, “The selected seminaries and divinity schools have demonstrated great innovation in theological education, in integration with classical approaches for learning, even as they navigate negative stereotypes about organized religion and work to expand narrow definitions of traditional ministry.”
The goal of Seminaries that Change the World, according to the organization’s website, is to “reclaim the power and promise of theological education. We also need to recognize and affirm that ministry may look radically different from what we have in place now.”
The very title, Seminaries that Change the World, is a provocative reminder of what theological education has meant in the past and what its purpose and promise is for the future," said Rev. Wayne Meisel. "The 2015 class of schools has demonstrated a commitment to invite, welcome, support, train and launch individuals into the world as community leaders."
Founded in 1902, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is an institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) whose mission is to educate and equip individuals for the ordained Christian ministry and other forms of Christian service and leadership. For more information and ways to support Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, visit www.austinseminary.edu.