1:30-2:30 p.m. ET
A lesson in New Testament class contradicts what a student believes about Jesus, leaving them with doubts. A personal revelation upends a seminarian's vocational plans. The collective suffering of a world struggling through pandemics makes a student wonder whether local church ministry even makes a difference.
Crises of Faith like these happen frequently among seminarians, yet our institutions often fail to address them in any systemic way. Unaddressed Crises of Faith can lead students to wrestle with them alone, under-resourced and perhaps even ashamed, which can lead to their withdrawl from theological education altogether.
Seminary leaders at every level—staff, faculty, and administration—have a role to play in shifting institutional culture toward normalizing Crises of Faith as a part of seminary education. This webinar will provide practical and theoretical frameworks to help leaders identify students having Crises of Faith, consider their institutions' particular strengths and weaknesses in addressing them, and ultimately create co-curricular networks of support for their students. Perhaps, over time, our institutions will reframe Crises of Faith as a natural, even healthy, part of students' spiritual and vocational formation process.