Redeemer Seminary Needs Your Help
As I hope that many of you know, Austin has a new seminary. Last year Redeemer Seminary began seeking students and supporters in Austin to develop the resources necessary to offer a full M.Div. degree program with sufficient staff, faculty, library, and facilities.
In the 2010 – 2011 academic year, Redeemer began offering classes. I was one of six full time and three part time M. Div students at Redeemer, and as such, the Austin location gathered a great beginning core of students. The Seminary provided this first year of their core curriculum through visiting faculty, local and visiting staff, and videoconferenced classes. All in all, the first year was a massive success.
With that said, there are much larger plans for the next three to five years. The goals for Redeemer Seminary are as follows:
- 50 – 100 full time M.Div students
- 3-5 staff/faculty
- An office, library, and technology room
- 1-2 classrooms to be shared with church programs
Additionally, we believe that this seminary will bless Austin for years to come, because:
- Redeemer will be the only conservative seminary in Austin to offer training for the future pastors of this state and city in particular.
- Redeemer will aid the vision for Church planting efforts in Austin and throughout the Southwest.
- Redeemer will provide research assistance and continual training to local elders, pastors, and lay leaders.
You might be asking yourself, “Self, how can I help?” Well, there are two primary ways that you can help: financial support and administrative and visionary aid.
In order to continue our growth and keep our Seminary in Austin, we need to raise funds at the following rate:
2011-2012: $120,000 annual support for the first full-time resident faculty member and a Dean of Students, travel, equipment, and library.
2012-2013: $350,000 annual support for 3-4 resident staff and faculty, travel, equipment, and library.
2013-2014: $500,000 annual support for 4-5 resident staff and faculty, travel equipment, and library.
2014-2020: $500,000 – $1,000,000 in annual support for 6-10 resident staff and faculty.
If you are interested in giving to Redeemer, you can give online here.
In addition to this financial support that is required, Redeemer Seminary Austin needs willing visionaries to participate on a local seminary steering committee that will provide oversight, guidance, and planning for the seminary for years to come.
If you would like to know more about Redeemer Seminary, please feel free to email me.
Thank you all very much,