Beginning with the Fall 2020 semester, BSK will begin offering online (live video) courses, a streamlined M.Div degree, and providing a collection of shorter, focused certificates.
At the start of 2020, BSK faculty and staff met to revision our curriculum and make plans for new programs to be offered starting in Fall 2020. We asked questions like, “what does ministry look like in this era?”; “how can we increase access to theological education for more persons?”; “what approach to online learning makes sense for theological education?”
Coming out of this retreat, BSK streamlined our Master of Divinity degree, bringing it down from 90 hours to 75 (with an option for a 90-hour Pastoral Care and Counseling Concentration which qualifies students for state licensure).
This fall BSK will offer for-credit BSK Certificates in Pastoral Care and Rural Ministry that each take only 3 courses to complete. New Flourish Certificates will also be available, providing short-term, highly practical courses, offered online that do not carry graduate credit. Additional certificate options will be announced in the months ahead.
President David Cassady commented on the changes, “Ministry leaders come in more shapes and forms these days — from volunteer leaders, deacons and teachers, to part-time and bi-vocational ministers, as well as full-time paid ministers. BSK has reshaped its approach to offer quality theological education to a wider range of leaders across a lifetime of learning.”
How can you help? You can spread the word! The most important tool in recruiting new students for and supporters of BSK is our amazing network of friends. Direct anyone interested in applying to any of our programs or someone who is interested in giving to our website, and they can find what they need there!
Check out our updated website for more information (or to apply or give yourself!) here. If you have any questions about these new changes, contact Abby Sizemore, Director of Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org.