March 15, 2010 - Dr. Lockwood, President of Multnomah University frequently writes letters to alumni, donors and friends of the school. Here's his latest.
The “new year” is not simply upon us; it’s in the middle of its third month! As we in Portland are grateful for a fairly mild winter, we at Multnomah are encouraged by the things God is doing during the first two and one-half months of our spring semester. Let me give a few updates.
Our total enrollment for the spring semester stood at 844 students (headcount) when registration was complete. We have 629 students in the college and 215 in the seminary, just two off from last spring. Our two Portland campus programs are about on pace from last spring, but our university master’s programs show a significant increase (61). At our off-site locations, we have 17 collegians and five seminarians taking classes in Reno, and five seminarians registered in Anchorage. We praise the Lord for these students; Multnomah continues to impact students with God’s Word. These numbers also represent a stability in tuition revenues—an encouraging sign in a continuing tight economy.
New Seminary Faculty
At the seminary, under Dr. Redman’s leadership, we have developed a new paradigm to fill faculty vacancies. Three faculty members have been appointed as “regular part-time” faculty in pastoral ministry. This means they will continue to lead their local churches while teaching a half-time load at the seminary. What is unique is this: they will be active participants in faculty discussions with full “voice and vote.” In this way, they will provide valuable expertise for fashioning a pastoral ministry curriculum for the next generation. Our regular full time faculty members can anticipate a multi-dimensional team of colleagues with a hearty esprit d’corps. Our three appointees for the next academic year are:
- Dr. Gene Curtis, D.Min, pastor of Meadow Springs Community Church, Multnomah Biblical Seminary graduate. He will teach homiletics.
- Dr. Rick McKinley, D.Min, founding pastor of Portland’s Imago Dei, a Multnomah Bible College graduate. He will teach in the area of biblical leadership.
- Prof. Tom Schiave, D.Min (cand.), pastor of Gateway Baptist Church. He will teach in the areas of spiritual formation and communication.
Global Ministries Conference
Multnomah held its annual Global Ministries Conference the last week of this month. With its “Harvesting the Desert” theme, this year’s emphasis was God’s work in the Middle East. Twenty-five mission agencies and 68 missionaries were on Multnomah’s campus. [Name Witheld], who works with Arab believers through [Ministry Organization Name Witheld], and Sarah Perlman, who works with Jews for Jesus, served as plenary speakers. They provided complementary—and controversial—perspectives on Middle Eastern ministry. Multnomah continues to send a significant number of students into global ministry opportunities each year, and this conference again was a catalyst for God’s Spirit to nudge open hearts.
[Names witheld above for security reasons]
Regional accreditation (NWCCU)
Accreditation is always on our horizon, but now more than ever. Last summer, we were informed that NWCCU was revising its accrediting standards, and that Multnomah University would be up for a full self-study visit in April 2011. That’s just a little over a year from now! Dr. Wayne Strickland, who will lead this effort, is already hard at work in responding to these new standards. We are being asked to evaluate our institution according to basic themes, such as knowing God’s Word, thinking critically, growing in Christ-likeness, and engaging our culture. Please pray for us as we embark on this important self-assessment.
Technology supports Multnomah’s mission more than ever before, and we are grateful for our professional IT staff. Several new things are happening. First, our Promotions & Communications department is in the process of thoroughly redesigning our website. This is extremely important since more and more students learn about—and apply to—Multnomah through this online portal. In fact, January saw an unprecedented spike in online applications for this coming fall. Working for over a year, we anticipate the official launch this spring.
Second, our Career Development Department, which now serves the entire university under Jim Saemenes’ direction, uses the Ministry Web Directory. This amazing tool connects students with ministries and marketplace opportunities. Already, prospective students are drawn to Multnomah because of such vocational opportunities when they graduate.
The Lord has favored our advancement department, under Paul’s Griffin’s oversight, with wonderful success. Of course, the development staff has worked extremely hard during this economic recession, too. For example, the team is on track to hit its financial targets for the last eight months, largely, I believe, by cultivating personal relationships with people like you. They also did a terrific job in planning, organizing, and pulling off our largest Student Aid Banquet event on the Saturday of March 6th. Over 450 attended to hear wonderful testimonies from students and alumni of what God is doing in them because of Multnomah. Many, many people gave. They remembered what Jesus said, “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:9).
Thanks you so much for your faithful prayer support of Multnomah’s vital ministry. I cannot tell you what this means to our faculty, staff, and students. Your prayers have a way of saying to faculty and staff, “You’re not alone in this ministry. The Lord is confirming the work you do.” Your support speaks clearly to students that the Lord will provide in many ways—including through gifts from supporters they may never meet. These serious-minded men and women are empowered to study deeply the Word of God at Multnomah and to pursue wholeheartedly their dreams of being equipped for the vocation God has chosen for them.
Longing for the eternal dwellings,
Daniel R. Lockwood