ATTENTION LIFELONG LEARNERS!
Are you an intellectually curious and devoted follower of Christ, passionate about exploring the crossroads of faith, work and community life? Consider taking a class or two with like-minded folks in our community at Leland. At Leland we are excited to offer classes that are accessible to people from diverse walks of life, ranging from topics like "Theology of Work" to "Advanced Biblical Study in Revelation" to "World Religions." Our one-page application to take classes as a "graduate special student" is quick and easy to complete and will qualify you to take up to size two-credit masters-level classes or audit as many classes as you want without entering a formal graduate program. If you don't have your bachelor's degree yet, we have something for you too! Our School of Ministry offers bachelor's-level classes, and applying is just as easy.
Interested in more information? See our Class Schedule page for the classes we will be offering in the coming term. See Financing Your Education for current tuition rates and fees. Or, contact Debbie McCain Wesley, Director of Enrollment, and she will be glad to answer any questions you have and get you started on your journey with Leland.
DR. SHIRIN PUBLISHES AN ARTICLE ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
Dr. Andrey Shirin published his article titled "Is Servant Leadership Inherently Christian?" in Journal of Religion and Business Ethics. Servant leadership has gained broad currency among Christians of various persuasions. At the same time, surprisingly little consideration is given to cultural assumptions behind servant leadership, particularly to the meaning of service in question. The article examines these assumptions in light of Christian tradition as reflected in works of St. Augustine. The article argues that, while there are some affinities between traditional Christian spirituality and servant leadership as commonly understood, this should not lead us to conclude that the latter is an outgrowth of the former. While an Augustinian theology of leadership will inevitably have a robust service dimension to it, in order to be authentic this dimension needs to integrate concept of therapy different from the one common in the West, reflect cruciform meaning of service and be set within Christian community. Access the article HERE.
LELAND'S FALL OPEN HOUSE WAS A SUCCESS!
On Monday, November 3, 2014, Leland hosted its Fall Open House for prospective students and it was a tremendous success! Almost a dozen students visited Leland to learn more about the academic degree programs and admission process. During the informative and engaging event, prospective students also visited a class, took a tour, and enjoyed a bowl of chili with current Leland students. If you know of anyone who wasn't able to attend but would like information, please have them contact Debbie McCain Wesley, Director of Enrollment, at email@example.com or 703-812-4757 x204 to schedule a personal visit.
TAKE A JANUARY INTENSIVE
We are excited to offer three unique intensives on the main campus during the January term this year.
- MF4101-Introduction to Preaching, taught by Dr. Derrick Harkins,Friday/Saturday,9am - 4pm, January 9, 10, 23 and 24.
- MF4701-Global Perspectives in Ministry & Mission, taught by Dr. Tony Cupit, Friday/Saturday, 9am - 4pm, January 9, 10, 16, 17.
- TP2323-Theology of Work, taught by Dr. Andrey Shirin and Dr. Jerry Herbert, Friday/Saturday, 9am - 4pm, January 16, 17, 23, 24.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about registering.
STUDENT PROFILE: IDE VIRIYA
What lead you to Leland? I know that there are not many (percentage wise) Thai Christians and I believe that when God breaks through and many Thais come to Christ, leaders will be needed to help them grow in their faith. I hope that I can be used in this way. Pastor John (aka Dean Lee aka Professor Lee) is the one who told me about Leland and I decided that this would be where I would get my seminary education.
What degree are you pursuing? I am currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. I chose this degree because I felt it was the best option for me to not only learn more about my faith, but to also open doors for me to be ordained and serve in pastoral ministry.
What in your experience as a student has been most beneficial to your current ministry responsibilities and what are those responsibilities? One of the most beneficial aspects of being at student at Leland is being a part of such a diverse student body as well as having a diverse staff and faculty. This has helped me to better see and understand how God is at work globally. I am also able to better understand that there are many expressions of worship, devotion, and love to God that I would not otherwise have been exposed to had I not been a student at Leland. Leland's community and courses have helped me grow in my walk with God in my ministry.
My current responsibilities include serving as the college pastor at The ROCK Presbyterian Church in Rockville, Maryland. Dean Lee (aka Pastor John) is my senior pastor. I will be doing more networking and outreach for the church soon and, again, being at Leland has helped to equip me and prepare me for this role.
How do you understand your ministry as transformational? My ministry has an impact on the lives of young leaders and future leaders in the Church. The college generation will be the ones who will be representing Christ in the marketplace, in ministry, and in missions. They will also be the ones helping to raise up the next generation and helping them draw closer to Jesus. Networking and outreach will strengthen the Body of Christ. This ministry will not only add believers to the Church but it will strengthen the unity and love that Jesus desires His Church to have. As a Thai American, I also hope to see the Thai people encounter God's love and to see them love Jesus well.
Are there any particular Leland courses that have been impactful? Introduction to Theological Studies by Professor Lee was a class I took in my first semester at Leland and it not only "got my fee wet" in my theological education, but it broadened my understanding of my faith. This class set the tone for my time at Leland and being here has helped me to live out the "faith seeking understanding" concept (as stated by Saint Anselm of Canterbury) that I first learned about in this course.
What are your plans for the future? My plans for my future include getting married and starting a family! I would also like to be used by God to reach out to the Thai people both here in the US and in Thailand. I am not certain what that will look like or in what capacity I will be used by God, but that is one of my desires. I also have a heart for the nations so some sort of missions work may be in my future.
- Ide Viriya, current MDiv student and Leland Academic Assistant
CARL BIGGS: WHY I GIVE
Why do I give to Leland: As stated in Acts 20:45 "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive." This scripture is the reason I give.
What/Who motivates me to give: Proverbs 19:17 states, "He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done." This scripture reflects the motivation of my giving.
How giving makes me feel: Giving makes me feel good. It is a great way to honor our Lord as stated in Proverbs 3:9, "Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops."
What advice/words of encouragement I would express to others on giving back: Luke 6:38 states, "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
- Mr. Carl Biggs, Leland Trustee
DR. SHIRIN DELIVERS A PAPER AT THE BOSE MONASTERY
Dr. Andrey Shirin delivered his paper "Entrepreneurial Christianity: How Consumerism Distorts the Nature of Christian Communion" at the conference held at the Bose Monastery located in Magnano, Italy. The paper agues that the genuine nature of Christian communion becomes fundamentally distorted when churches embrace consumerist values. To the extent that a church is an institution, it certainly needs to have an organizational dimension to it. This dimension can defintely be strengthened be emulating best business practices. However, a genuine Christian communion cannot function as primarily a business. North American churches are probably as businesslike as they have ever been, and yet their numbers are broadly declining. The pressure on churches to embrace the consumerist mode of functioning has never been greater. However, if Christians are to preserve their genuine nature of their communities, this pressure must be resisted. The conference materials, including this paper, will be published both as an e-book and paperback.