Education Beyond the Walls
Education Beyond the Walls (EBW) grows practical theological learning that seasons the life and work of ministers, teachers, and healers for the sake of the Church and the world.
We carefully cultivate experiences that nourish practitioners in mind, heart, and spirit. In everything we do we strive to embody community, creativity, and compassion.
Community: We believe that we learn best in community and that we grow best when community is diverse. We foster relationships through hospitality that creates a feeling of care and ease.
Creativity: We believe that everyone we encounter is creative and that innovation can be taught and learned. We tend to the creative spirit by incorporating music, art, and narrative into our events.
Compassion: We craft events with adults in mind, focusing on active, experiential models of learning and on content that is relevant to the changing landscape of ministry. We recognize the need for new and old ways of being church.
Workshops: Learning new ideas and generative practices in community over one, two, or three days.
Cohort-Based Learning Programs: Based on the belief that transformation happens over time and in a community of peers working toward the same goal.
- The College of Pastoral Leaders makes grants to self-selected groups of pastors so that they may pursue their own self-designed program for renewal, vitality, and pastoral excellence
- Fellowships in Pastoral Leadership for Public Life equip pastors with increased understanding of significant public issues and prepare them to reflect theologically and respond pastorally for the common good.
- 787 Collective a learning community of diverse congregations committed to contemplative listening, communal discernment, and innovative risk in befriending young adults.
- The Wesley Connection reinforces connections among United Methodist and African Methodist Episcopal students, faculty, alumni, and clergy.
- Hispanic Ministries Mission Network provides a center point for Hispanic pastors and church leaders to come together for mutual support, for ongoing learning and professional development, and for taking action to strengthen Hispanic congregations and leaders in the Synod of the Sun.
- Instituto Maria y Marta educates and equips Hispanic Christian women for leadership in their churches and communities. Certificate program of Austin Seminary taught in Spanish.
EBW draws resources not only from the Austin Seminary faculty, but also from outside the seminary community. We currently have partnerships with Collegeville Institute, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, SCRAPCE (South Central Region of the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators), NAMI Austin, The University of Texas School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education, and 1001 New Worshiping Communities.