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Principal's Message

At St. Andrew’s College we are entering the year with a spirit of anticipation, particularly as we look forward to welcoming our first cohort of students in the new joint BTh/MDiv program.

The new dual degree program option will welcome students directly from high school or early in their post secondary education into preparation for ordained ministry.The Bachelor of Theology program will combine liberal arts studies with introductory theological studies, followed by the advanced theological studies and the St. Andrew’s 20-month ministry residency in the Master of Divinity program. Together the joint degrees will enable students to prepare for ordained ministry in just over five and half years, more like their colleagues in education, health care and social work.

We hope that you will share the information of this opportunity with young people who have the gifts for ministry and who may just need that encouragement that you can bring. There is no doubt that God’s world needs leaders and that our College must be, in the words of Gregory Jones, “an incubator of that leadership.”

In support of the St. Andrew’s mission to ‘provide justice-driven education for Christian leadership’, Mr. Karim (Kay) Nasser of Saskatoon, in early December, stopped in at the College with a gift for us of $50,000! Kay Nasser came as an immigrant to Canada from Lebanon, studied engineering, became an inventor and developer.His desire is that we would endow his gift to enhance our financial support for students seeking to study for leadership in Church and community. In March our Board will consider a proposal to use his gift to offer new entry scholarships, particularly for those entering the new dual degree program. We are deeply grateful for Kay and Dora Nasser’s generosity.

We are also excited with a new partnership the College has established with Ched Myers and Elaine Enns of Oak View, California and Bill Richards of Saskatoon, to provide our New Testament courses.During the first week of January week about 20 students were gathering daily in our lounge for an intensive course on the Gospel of Luke with Bill Richards instructing on site and Ched Myers instructing through video link to California. Our partnership also means that St. Andrew’s will become the Canadian site for the institutes of the Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries. We look forward to have Ched and Elaine, on campus, later in the year.

Winter Refresher is fast approaching. Just a reminder that the early registration bargain of $175 ends January 31! Our theme this year is Performing Church and seeks to answer the question “Why go to church?” “What happens in church that’s worth getting up for Sunday morning?” Our theme leader is Shannon Craigo-Snell, a Presbyterian from Louisville Seminary who suggests that the church is best understood not as a building, or an institution, or even a community, but rather an ongoing performance. “Church is a disciplines performance of relationship with God in Jesus, mediated by Scripture, in hope of the Holy Spirit.” It should be an interesting Refresher!

As we enter this new year with all of its challenges and possibilities I am encouraged by the thoughts of L. Gregory Jones, senior strategist for Leadership Development at Duke Divinity School, who says that “Christian wisdom is nurtured over the course of time in institutions that act as the bearers of tradition, laboratories of learning, and incubators of leadership.”

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