In the Fall of 2016, Dean Markham invited me to assume a yet-to-be-defined Associate Dean position in which I would assume oversight of the Center for Liturgy and Music and of the Office of Lifetime Theological Education, in addition to my existing role as Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching. In short, the Dean had a vision for a more fully integrated administration supporting continuing education and leadership development across the church.
Today, after a season of rich discernment and organizational restructuring, I am delighted to introduce you to the Department of Lifelong Learning! Together with a magnificent team, Lifelong Learning provides continuous opportunities for theological education in the service of faithful leadership. We exist for the committed and the curious, lay and clergy, who are eager to claim and explore their Christian vocations in the today’s world. Lifelong Learning is ONE department with FIVE areas of focus:
- Christian Formation and Discipleship (formerly the Center for the Ministry of Teaching)
- Music, Liturgy, and the Arts (formerly the Center for Music and Liturgy)
- Continuing Education (formerly Lifetime Theological Education)
- Digital Resources and Practice (eFormation)
- Action Research (critical issues and grant-based initiatives)
We are ONE team with centralized administration, affiliated faculty, staff associates with area-specific expertise, and experienced student workers. We are ready to welcome you to our ONE hub (Lower Level of Bohlen Hall) and to our SEVEN websites where you will find information about courses, webinars, curated resources, curriculum, ministry consultations, traveling boot camps, and inspiration for transformational learning. Come visit us! Subscribe to our services. Let us know what you need, in your context, to “go into the world and preach the Gospel!” Lisa Kimball Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning Professor of Christian Formation & Congregational Development