About the Master of Divinity
Lutheran Track - Kairos Project
The primary function of the Master of Divinity program is developing Christian leaders for word and sacrament ministry. The course of study prepares persons for pastoral leadership and ordination and consists of a core of Bible, theology, and ministry courses. Students develop personal resources as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to become public proclaimers.
The Master of Divinity Lutheran track is part of the Kairos Project, an alternative educational track that facilitates flexible learning through contextually integrated educational moments and adaptable assignments. It is designed specifically for individuals who are actively engaged in ministry and/or desire to integrate their faith and work. Students accepted into the Kairos Project move through an outcome-based educational program under the supervision of a mentor team, by the direction of faculty, and through participation in a cohort-based community of learning.
It is preferred that students enrolling in the Master of Divinity Lutheran track - Kairos Project be actively serving in a congregational ministry context.
Why Students Love Kairos
- It's affordable, accessible, and relevant.
- A flat monthly tuition fee gives students access to nearly every course, event, and resource provided by Sioux Falls Seminary, including those outside Kairos.
- It offers a lot more than a series of online courses. It is accessible regardless of where students live and serve in ministry. Learning is rooted in the ministry workplace, whether a church, a non-profit organization, or a business, and students are supported by a mentor team that understands their specific context.
- Study and practice of ministry can be integrated in unique and powerful ways. Because of its design, it requires students to think integratively.
How it Works
Students utilize various types of assignments to validate achievement of educational targets, which leads to the demonstration of top-level outcomes and integrated targets. With the exception of intensives on the main campus each October and April, course work is typically completed within the student's ministry context. As a result, success is heavily dependent upon a student's ability to be an intrinsically-motivated learner.
Kairos Project students are under the supervision of a mentor team that journeys with them throughout their studies. The team is comprised of a faculty mentor, a ministry mentor, and a personal mentor. Mentors should encourage mentees and help them process life. However, their principal role is to evaluate progress toward the program outcomes. In other words, mentors do things like help students order their lives to find contextually integrated educational moments, design adapted assignments, and, most importantly, review completed assignments. Through the master assignments, the three mentors must make sure that each outcome has been achieved. This provides a well-rounded view of students instead of a one-dimensional faculty-to-student view.
Mentor teams are attentive to student progress. They help students stay on course, keep tabs on assignment completion rates, spur students toward greater activity and efficiency, and assist in finding intersecting areas of theological education, ministry, and other spheres of life.
Participation in a Cohort-Based Community of Learning
Each entering group of Kairos Project students will remain united as a Luther House of Study cohort. Students will all attend the same intensives, meet in recurring student groups, and experience educational life together.
The Kairos Project is thoroughly oriented toward outcomes, which are integrated learning goals representing critical features of pastoral formation. Each degree program has prescribed learning outcomes. Assignments do not exist for their own sake but as ways to quantify demonstrable movement toward the outcomes.
As much as possible, learning should happen within the student's ministry context. This means that students complete their degree programs by playing out their seminary education within the ministry workplace, whether a church, a non-profit organization, or a business. Like a Venn diagram with deeply overlapping circles, the seminary sphere and ministry sphere (and any other sphere) should intersect greatly.
Application - Students must meet the admission requirements for the program to which they are applying. In addition to the application process and requirements, an interview is required before acceptance is determined. Click here for details.
After Acceptance - Students are paired with a Kairos Advisor, who provides them with the information needed to begin the orientation process through Outcome Zero. The course is self-paced, and students can begin at any time. Once students successfully complete the course work, they are ready to participate in their first intensive and begin work with their mentor team.
To learn more about the Master of Divinity Lutheran Track through the Kairos Project, call 1.800.440.6227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information on the Kairos Project can be found here.