Programs

2009 President’s Annual Report

Comments Off Written on February 9th, 2010 by
Categories: Alumni, Dr. Lockwood, General, Media, Programs, University Name Change

At the beginning of every year, many folks tend to go through their time of reflecting on the year just passed and looking forward to developments in the year ahead. Well, we do the same things as an organization here.

Reflection

At Multnomah, we ask many things of our president. Among them a "reflection," if you will, in the form of an annual report.

2009 President's Annual Report (PDF)
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Looking Forward

In "looking forward," we've also asked Dr. Dan to star in an online video series where he discusses issues facing Multnomah and what we all might expect in the future. But far be it from him to simply lecture (it's not a classroom, afterall) - these videos are intended to be sparks that will bring feedback from you! As such, we've named the series "Conversations with Dr. Dan".

Enjoy!

Sustainable Hybrid Education

Comments Off Written on January 29th, 2010 by
Categories: General, Programs, Seminary

Now that we've got your attention with fancy words like "sustainable" and "hybrid", we actually have an interesting article we found some time back that discusses the merits of education that is a blend of online and in-person activities (hence the "hybrid" terminology!).

Sustainable Hybrids - Inside Higher Ed

What does this have to do with Multnomah?

Turns out, little ol' Multnomah is already doing this with what we call "distributed learning" at the Seminary. We call it Multnomah Connect. Not only can you take seminary classes online, but you can take them at our Reno-Tahoe or Anchorage sites as well. Then, when you're ready, you can finish it all up with a visit to the Portland campus. (Somewhere in here, we hear the word "sustainable" too. Yikes!)

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Other Reading on the Hybrid Education Movement

Ambassador Choir Christmas Concert – SUNDAY!

Comments Off Written on December 5th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, General, Missions, Programs, Students

Back by popular demand, the Multnomah University Ambassador Choir will be performing a special Christmas concert for the community. And best of all, it's FREE!

Sunday, Dec. 6th, 2009
7:00 PM
First Baptist Church
909 SW 11th Ave
Portland, Oregon

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Bring Somone

Sometimes, a free concert is just the thing to introduce a friend, family member, or stranger to Christ! Grab anyone you can and show up!

Just in case you've never been there, First Baptist of Portland is a beautiful venue to listen to sacred music.

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Learn more about MU's Music Degree or Prof. Stan Campbell.

Humanist Chaplains on College Campuses?

1 Comment » Written on November 13th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, General, Programs, Seminary, Students

We ran across an article this morning at www.insidehighered.com that discussed a movement forming across the country where "spiritual non-theistic" (an oxymoron?) student groups are demanding "Secular Humanist Chaplains". Really.

Apparently, some atheists want guidance on how to believe in, well, nothing! (Ok, I jest, because the article states that they're actually seeking someone to help them be more "spiritually-informed ethical humans" - but without having to pay for a professional counselor. Sounds like a joke, but it's not.)

Real Chaplaincy

For a glimpse at a career that is full of reward and helping others understand the world around them as it unfolds in their professional ranks, think about Biblically-based Christian vocational chaplaincy.

Here is a very comprehensive resource about chaplain positions in our Career Center. Some of the fields you can work in:

  • chaplain_headerphotoMilitary
  • Police
  • Fire
  • Hospital
  • Sports
  • College
  • Plus many others

MBS Chaplaincy Programs

Multnomah Biblical Seminary offers 2 unique programs that will qualify you for this very important line of work:

  1. Master of Divinity - Chaplaincy Track
  2. Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies - Chaplaincy Track

Multnomah has many alumni who are now chaplains serving in very important roles all over the world. Here are just a few examples:

Are You Going To The Innovative Evangelism Conference?

Comments Off Written on November 3rd, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Faculty, General, Missions, Programs, Seminary, Students

Have you heard of the Innovative Evangelism Conference being held right here in Portland (technically, at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion)? Did you also know that because of Multnomah Seminary student involvement and Multnomah University event sponsorship that all MU students get a discounted rate to attend?

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Details

 Speakers & Artists

Seminary Class Participation

Here's a brief synopsis of the practical involvement of one of Dr. Roger Trautmann's classes:

MBS students enrolled in "PM 645: Evangelism for the 21st Century" have an assignment to interview practitioners mobilizing God’s people in the area of “word & deed” evangelism.  The assignment is designed to take the theory constructed and discussed in the classroom and then see it contextualizing and implementing in the world of “every-day” life.  The Innovative Evangelism Conference provides the rare opportunity to hear and interact with  up-to-date practitioners and theoreticians through plenary and workshop sessions.  This has been provided by the Next Generation Alliance , a leader in the area of evangelism in both the local community and around the world, to MBS students.  PM (Pastoral Ministry) 645 students are given the opportunity to attend and report on what they learned in this conference as a part of the course.

And, For Your Viewing Pleasure

What You Didn’t Hear On the Radio

1 Comment » Written on September 28th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, General, Media, Programs, Students

You may have heard radio commercials on-air for the Adult Degree Completion program on a number of radio stations. Recently we ran one on 1190 KEX that profiled a grad from our first DCP Cohort, Brian Wiggs.

His story is amazing and typical all at once (Mechanic, out of school for a long time, wants to go back, wants to minister to children in Honduras, needs to know more about the truths in the Bible in order to make the leap well. You get the picture!).

But there's only so much you can say in a 60-second radio spot...

1190 KEX Radio Spot

What You Didn't Hear

We have a great 9 minute interview from the KEX studio that didn't make it into the spot - it always reminds me about why I do what I do.

Download Interview

Big thank you to Phil Bernstein at Clearchannel Radio Portland for letting me have this recording!

Adult Degree Completion’s 1st Grads!

Our very successful Adult Degree Completion Program has just recently graduated its first cohort - what a wonderful acheivement! I recently asked Prof. Holley Clough to reflect on these last two years.

Reflections from the Director

000125364Graduation for students in a degree completion program is the  joyous achievement of a lifetime goal.  This fall, Multnomah is pleased to celebrate the completion of such goals for

students that are graduating from the Alpha, Beta and Gamma Cohorts.  The students in these cohorts are the first graduates for Multnomah University’s Degree Completion Program.  As the Director of the Program, it is a highlight of my job to see this event occur.  The goal is accomplished one step at a time, earning credit, bonding with fellow students, leaning on God for the tenacity to face the challenges of being in class, raising families and working at the same time.

For Me Personally

As I reflect on the last two years, I can see the growth of individual students as they have thought through what they want to do with this degree. For me personally, I know I have achieved my calling to this program when I can say that I resonate my faith by creatively helping others discern and develop their God-given potential.  Every day that I come to work, I can see the hand of the Lord in students’ lives as their eyes and their words reveal God’s active ministry to their hearts as He releases who they are through the learning in this program. Some individuals want to attain the degree as the goal itself, which is fantastic.   Then other students decide to take their learning into new areas such as graduate school to attain seminary, teaching or counseling degrees.  There are others yet, that are moving into foreign missions and church service.

Do You Like Your Job?

Lastly, recruiting students is a primary responsibility in my role.  Recently a potential student randomly asked me, “Do you like your job?”  I was taken by surprise, but laughed and replied, “Yes, I love my job.  It is like a giant puzzle.”  I get to help adults think through all the pieces of their lives, look at their priorities and dreams and help them figure out how their dreams might be possible.”  After the student comes into the program and then graduates as the Alpha, Beta and Gamma cohorts are this fall, I get to realize the dreams with the students and rejoice in what the Lord has done and will continue to do in their lives.

“ To God be the glory great things He has done…  Praise the Lord, let the people rejoice.”

It doesn’t get any better than that!

Was Reno Really Our 1st Extension Site?

One day, a wise and respected member of the Multnomah community with some knowledge and history under his belt mentioned to us that there used to be "Extension Sites" long ago for Multnomah. Certainly long before MU Reno-Tahoe was established!

I won't mention any names, but I'll shamelessly plug his blog here!

This would appear to be a problem since we're calling Reno-Tahoe our first extension site...so I did some sleuthing (big thanks to Dr. Lockwood for pointing me in the right direction).

Was Reno The First?

Upon further research, we have come up with this general consensus:

Stats

  • In the 1950's and 1960's, Drs. John Mitchell and Willard Aldrich used to travel to various locations in the Northwest and conduct Bible classes.
  • These included at least Puget Sound/Tacoma, Eugene, Spokane, Shasta, and Reno. There may have been others.
  • It is true, some expired and others have developed into independent Bible institutes.
  • Shasta has become Shasta Bible College and is now accredited by TRACS (the Trans-national Accrediting Association).
  • Spokane eventually was taken over by Moody Bible Institute.
  • The one in Tacoma/Puget sound became Cascade Bible College and approached us for a merger in the 1990's. We were not prepared to take it over. Eventually it was absorbed by Antioch Bible Church and merged with their Imago Dei Institute.
  • Reno had several incarnations, but never made it until Meadows Bible Institute emerged - which is now MU Reno-Tahoe.

Conclusions

  • None of these were ever intended to become extension sites of Multnomah.
  • Dr. Mitchell certainly never indicated that he envisioned a network of Multnomah campuses around the Northwest and West.
  • He was willing to help others get a work like Multnomah started and then let them develop independently if they desired.
  • Therefore, there were no Multnomah School of the Bible extension sites.
  • We understand them as good-faith efforts of the early founders to do ministry in other cities, but not to develop extension sites for Multnomah School of the Bible per se.

There You Have It!

How's that for a history lesson? I should write a textbook (*imagine my sarcastic intonation here)!

Prayer for Multnomah

As you frequent readers know, we post ways that you can pray for Multnomah on this blog. We're so thankful for all of you!

The Latest

  • Taste and See
    Advancement's trip with donors to Tillamook on August 28th. We ask for safe travels and a time of honoring God. Also, pray that our donors would continue to see the fruits of their donations in the work that God is doing through students and alumni.
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  • Alumni PDX Chapter Service Event
    Pray for a good turnout from alumni and that Jesus' name would be honored through this community service project.
    Read More 
  • Adult Degree Completion's First Graduating Class
    Pray that their commitment to finish their degree would pay off in the form of increased ministry opportunities and success wherever God takes them.

Prayer for You?

Remember, you can request that Multnomah staff and faculty can pray for you - just do it online or call. We pray for you every week!

Spring 2009 Magazine – Did You Get It?

Comments Off Written on July 15th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Dr. Lockwood, Faculty, General, Joe Aldrich, Media, Programs, Seminary, Students

We've been getting a lot of feedback on the latest issue of Multnomah Magazine. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think!

MultMag_Spring09_060909_Web-1What's Inside

  • Is seminary really worth it? 
  • Retooling pastoral training for a new generation
  • Remembering Dr. Joe Aldrich
  • Introducing the new Seminary Dean
  • Devotional
  • Speaking Schedules
  • Alumni News
  • Planning for retirement and helping future Multnomah students
  • Letters to the editor
  • And more!

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