I am part of an accreditation team from the Association of Theological Schools for an Chicago area seminary this week. I am pondering various questions about seminaries and covet your insights into various issues. Respond by posting a comment, sending me a private message, or write me and e-mail to BulllardJournal@gmail.com.
Who is the primary client of seminaries? Does the seminary I am visiting have clarity about who its client is, and who its client should be? In the case of this specific seminary, is the primary client they are serving and the primary client they ought to serve the same
Share your perspective. In your opinion, who is and who should be the primary client of a seminary—the primary people or entities they serve? Here are some choices to stimulate your thinking. In your answer choose three or less—one is best--and distinguish between who is and who ought to be the primary client. Provide not only your answer, but why that is your answer.
- The seminary faculty.
- The seminary president/administration.
- The board of trustees.
- The small group of the largest financial contributors to the seminary.
- The denomination with which they are affiliated.
- The agencies/association with whom they seek accreditation.
- The students.
- The congregations from whom the students come.
- The congregations to whom the students are going to provide ministry leadership.
- The persons in the pews/chairs of the congregations to whom the students are going to provide ministry leadership.
- The preChristians, unchurched, underchurched, and dechurched people not actively participating in the congregations to whom the students are going to provide ministry leadership.
- Other ministry organizations to which the students are going to provide leadership.
- The educational and/or leadership institutions/organizations to whom the students are going as faculty.
- The founding mission, purpose, and/or vision of the seminary.
- The historic global Church, in general.
- The future, emerging global Church, in general.
Extra Credit: Who is the primary client of the primary client of seminaries? Explain.