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A Season of Reflection

– March 1, 2018

According to Boardsource, a leading non-profit support group, taking the time to reflect is one of the most important things a governing board can. Reflect not only on what they’re doing well, but also where they’re most challenged.

As such, in the spirit of continuous improvement, the Emmanuel Board of Governors has committed to do just that. Inspired by Peter Greer and Chris Horst’s book, Mission Drift, the Emmanuel board has committed to collectively work through a number of the chapters during the 2018 board meetings. Their desire is to create a series of dialogues reflecting on the mission and purpose of Emmanuel.

Being mission true in a season of change

Written with a voice of insight, Greer and Horst caution that faith-based organizations often drift from their original purpose and mission. Therefore, the challenge is to develop a mission true organization steeped in awareness of their purpose and values. Greer and Horst further stress; “mission true organizations know why they exist and protect their core at all costs. They remain faithful to what they believe God has entrusted them to do.”

While not an easy topic to broach, I’m looking forward to having these discussions. It’s a much-needed chance to reflect on what it means for Emmanuel to be a mission true organization. My prayer is that clarity will come as the board and senior leadership continue to work through key questions in light of this reflection:

1. What is the role of the Bible College in a rapidly changing culture?
2. How should we restructure the organization to have both a stable financial footing, and also equip it with resources to transform its educational offerings?
3. How can the key elements of discipleship and ministry training be maintained while not boxing ourselves in with traditional models, or educational boundaries?
4. How do we move forward with our Futures Plan while addressing the changing needs of ministry training?

“Mission true organizations know why they exist and protect their core at all costs.”Mr. WordPress

For nearly 80 years, Emmanuel has prepared Christ-followers who are committed to making a difference in their world. Emmanuel is on the cusp of something new. While our metamorphosis is a work in progress, we are excited to be a part of God’s unfolding plan as we work together in our purpose and calling. My prayer is that Emmanuel continues to seek innovative ways to live out and reflect on what a mission true organization looks like in today’s world.

Dr. Stephen Roy
President & Dean

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