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The best days are ahead

“Now Moses was 80 years old, and Aaron 83 years old, when they spoke to Pharaoh.”
Exodus 7:7

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Dear Multnomah family,

The significance of this simple verse is often overlooked. Moses had been through a lot up until this point in his life. But at 80 years old, he was just getting started! The exodus from Egypt, the wilderness wanderings and the Promised Land awaited him. But first he must risk everything and stand before Pharaoh.

As Multnomah nears its 80th anniversary, Moses’ story reminds us that some of our best days are yet ahead of us. And just as Moses had Aaron by his side, we have the MU family — alumni, friends, staff, faculty and students. Aaron gave Moses confidence and courage. The MU family strengthens us every day with love, support, prayers and service.

MU is entering a new chapter as we expand our degree programs, sports and online offerings (check out multnomah.edu/new for more details). We move forward deeply committed to prayer, outreach and the Bible, living out our mission in a way that’s relevant in today’s world. Just as we started in 1936 as a response to what the Pacific Northwest needed then — we respond today to what the world needs now.

This intentional response has brought about some exciting changes:

The business program’s growth is certainly a reply to the world’s clamor for more business graduates. But in a culture obsessed with money and power, business leaders who are ethical, fair and conscientious are needed more than ever.

That’s where our graduates come in. One of them, Dave Munson ’96, is accepting our Alumnus of the Year Award later this month. Even though Munson graduated long before our business major was around, MU equipped him with the foundation he needed to launch Saddleback Leather Company, his thriving business that crafts high-quality luggage, wallets, backpacks and more.

“Even if I knew the path of my life back then…even if I knew that one day I’d own Saddleback, I would go to Multnomah again,” says the CEO. “It was instilled in all of us there to be honest. There was a constant pounding on the drum for integrity.”
Munson hasn’t only applied those principles to his personal life — he’s built his entire business around them. Saddleback is committed to investing in its employees and cultivating a sustainable work environment for them. Read Munson’s full story.

Support from our Multnomah family helped Dave go into the world and make a difference. It prepares our graduates for careers in service to Jesus. And it sustains our mission: helping students become spiritually-formed and culturally-engaged servant leaders. Thank you for standing with us over the years like Aaron beside Moses! Will you boldly move forward with us and participate in an inspiring opportunity?

A wonderful friend of Multnomah has chosen to match — dollar for dollar — every gift* from MU alumni who have never given to MU or have lapsed in their giving. This friend will also match every gift from current givers that goes above what they gave last year. For instance, if you gave $1,200 last year and give $1,500 this year, the friend will match the $300 increase in your giving. Here is the really exciting part: This friend has committed up to $500,000 to MU!

Would you consider partnering with MU in response to this wonderful opportunity? Think about it: If every one of our alumni gave $80 in honor of our 80th year, we could meet the matching gift of $500,000 and launch more graduates like Dave Munson.

Please prayerfully give according to your ability. No gift is too small. To participate with your gift, fill out our gift form.

Your prayers, service and offerings strengthen Multnomah’s impact every day. Stand with us, like Aaron with Moses. Imagine all God has in store for us!

Craig

Rev. G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.
President

*All gifts must be received by June 30, 2016.

A Letter from Dr. Dan – March 2010

March 15, 2010 - Dr. Lockwood, President of Multnomah University frequently writes letters to alumni, donors and friends of the school. Here's his latest.
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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.

Enrollment

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.

Online technology

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.

Financial support

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).

Thank You

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
President