Opportunity is an interesting phenomenon. It comes and goes. You need to grab it when it is present, because you are never sure when it might come again – or so it seems. The reality is that opportunity presents when people God has prepared meet the moment that God intends. At Northwest, we have that kind of opportunity before us now. I am so encouraged by the multiple means by which we are able to fulfill our mission.
We continue to value our partnership at ACTS Seminaries. Some say that the day for classic education has passed. Those people have probably not been in one of our classrooms. I continue to be energized by the passion and commitment that our students bring.
I am also grateful for the opportunity we now have to extend our context-based model of learning. We are now in full delivery or active development of nine different versions of the Immerse program. Soon we will be able tell you more about the C2C church planting network, SEMBEQ in the province of Quebec, the Antioch Project out of Texas and California, and several others, all of whom have embraced Immerse and who are partnering with us.
I am further pleased to celebrate our return to Korean programs and the offer of our new Global Leadership Doctor of Ministry offered in the Korean language. We have assured that this program carries the Northwest theological ethos, along with a strong commitment to our signature, context-based approach to learning. Many thanks to Larry Perkins for his championing of this exciting piece.
Speaking of Larry, our work is a team affair. It has been wonderful to welcome long-time friend and pastor, Trent Erickson to the team. Howard Andersen continues to bless me in his role as Academic Dean. Ron Sing is really hitting his stride in his role as our Chief Development Officer. Loren Warkentin has been God’s choice servant in making possible the technology upon which our work depends. Archie Spencer has a special opportunity to teach at Regent College this year, which is an encouragement to the quality of his scholarship. Eric Fehr has just begun a PhD program at the University of South Africa (by distance education), which will prepare him to serve us better. Brian Rapske, Dianne Gleave, Nikki Lanigan, Mark Naylor, and Brent Foster all continue to serve our mission with excellence.
To lead this team has been the opportunity of my lifetime. We are here by God’s appointment and for his purpose. It is to his service that we dedicate ourselves.