Ashland Theological Seminary announces reorganization to transform theological education for today’s church in America and the world

Ashland Theological Seminary announces reorganization to transform theological education for today’s church in America and the world

9/20/16 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland Theological Seminary is currently going through a restructuring process to renovate, strengthen and deliver its theological education and ministry training through various means including its organizational structure, the communities it serves and the way it delivers its education.     

“Research demonstrates that over that past five years theological education’s expectations from students -- in terms of readiness for ministry -- have changed in America and Canada; yet many seminaries are delivering theological education the same way as they did in the past,” said Mark Harden, Ph.D., president of Ashland Theological Seminary.

Over the next 18 months and under the direction of Dr. Mark Harden, the leadership of Ashland Theological Seminary will work on an integrated strategy to transform theological education across its current footprint and beyond. The Seminary is looking for nimble partnerships in Detroit and Cleveland and it is currently finalizing new plans for its Ashland campus.

“These are challenging, but exciting times. We are casting a new vision that will take us into the theological education of the future. America’s demographics are changing, Christianity’s centers of gravity are changing and we as Ashland Seminary must reflect these changes as well. My desire is to continue closing the gap between theological education and the church,” said Dr. Harden.

As part of this reorganization, Ashland Seminary is also looking into establishing a robust presence in Columbus, Ohio, in terms of academic program offerings, new community initiatives and staff.  

Ashland Theological Seminary is a graduate division of Ashland University. Its current physical presence comprises Ashland, Cleveland, Columbus and Detroit. The Seminary integrates theological education with Christ Centered transformation as it equips men and women for ministry and the world.

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