Posts Tagged ‘Seminary’

Still Donating To Haiti Earthquake Relief

1 Comment » Written on March 3rd, 2010 by
Categories: Books, General, Missions, Students

Multnomah students raised over $2000 for Haiti earthquake relief during the week of the Global Ministries Conference. (And we're sure the dollar amount is much higher now - but we weren't able to confirm exactly how much at time of posting).

Haitian Seminary Collapses

Bruce and Cindy McMartin, grads of Multnomah, teach at a seminary in Haiti which recently collapsed because of the earthquake. All funds collected will be sent to help them.

There have been reports that there are around 5000 people camped out on a campus that holds roughly 200 students! There is no place to use the restroom (save for holes they've dug), medical supplies run out fast, and food/water supplies run short.

Burying Dead Students

And more disturbing than all of this is that we've heard reports that they even had to bury some dead students on the campus grounds because there was no other place to put them.

Now, try to imagine all of this on the Multnomah campus - but with far fewer resources!

Please Help

  • Financial gifts can be given at the Student Accounts Office for the "Haiti Fund"
  • Gifts can be given through March 5th
  • 503.251.5343
  • Attn: Business Office
    8435 NE Glisan Street
    Portland, OR 97220

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Sustainable Hybrid Education

Comments Off on Sustainable Hybrid Education 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!)


Other Reading on the Hybrid Education Movement

One in Christ or Coffee? – Theology of Space Follow-up

Comments Off on One in Christ or Coffee? – Theology of Space Follow-up Written on November 24th, 2009 by
Categories: Faculty, General, Media, Seminary

This morning, we ran across a post at the very good Out of Ur blog that was authored by Dr. Paul Louis Metzger as a follow-up to his recent Article in Leadership magazine.

"One in Christ or Coffee?"

(Note: it's OK to drink coffee while reading the above article!)

Are You Going To The Innovative Evangelism Conference?

Comments Off on Are You Going To The Innovative Evangelism Conference? 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?



 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

Seminary Events: Free & Open To Public

Comments Off on Seminary Events: Free & Open To Public Written on October 30th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Faculty, General, Seminary, Students

If you don't get the regular Seminary Update email that circulates amongst students, faculty and staff, then you might be interested to know how you can stay up on the weekly happenings. I've highlighted a couple of items for you below.


Seminary News Highlights

  • Seminary Chapel Panel: Join us for a ministry panel sponsored by the Master's Cabinet on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 10:00-11:00 AM in T111/T112. The theme of the panel is “Seminary Education in Action: An Examination of Real-World Applications in Portland.” The panel will involve 3 guest speakers (prominent Christian figures in Portland) that represent many different angles of ministry (church pastors, church planters, academia, government, and non-profit organizations.)  There will be a time to ask questions that are relevant to both our student body and the panelist’s individual experience/expertise.  Light breakfast provided!  Please invite your families, neighbors, and friends!
  • Chaplain to Chaplain: Come join us for the second of the ‘Chaplain to Chaplain’ round table meetings. We would encourage anyone who is interested in chaplaincy, anyone who would just like to learn more about chaplaincy & how it works, or those who may want to do it as an internship, to join us. CPE supervisor, Kent Schaufelberger will be on campus Tuesday, November 10th to speak with chaplaincy students or anyone interested in chaplaincy. He will be sharing his valuable experiences as well as allow you a chance to ask some questions. If you would like to be a part of this informative meeting please sign up with Amber Kersey,, 503.251.6744. As this is taking place during lunch time (11:30-12:30) in the President’s Dining Room (next to the cafeteria) we encourage you to bring your own lunch (brown bag) or if you buy your lunch at the cafeteria – come in immediately with your food & join the meeting.

Stay Updated on MBS Weekly Information

This information is posted on the MBS Facebook page every week.

Multnomah Distribution – First Reno, Now Anchorage?

Comments Off on Multnomah Distribution – First Reno, Now Anchorage? Written on July 6th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, General, Seminary
Municipality of Anchorage

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Last week, Multnomah Biblical Seminary announced the expansion of it's "Connect" distributed learning program to a new site in Anchorage, Alaska.

Please read the official release on MU's site for the details.

In Short

  • All MBS students will have access to more online classes
  • Actual MBS professors teach - not just adjuncts, videos, or assistants
  • You can complete many classes not offered online at  one of two locations outside Portland: Reno, NV or Anchorage, AK
  • A short on-site period at the main campus in Portland is all you need for the complete degree
  • You don't have to relocate - perfect for families and in-ministry situations that can't travel
  • While not as all-inclusive as tradtional "in-residence" programs, it is a great way to save time and money if you want to further your ministry qualifications
  • Brings Bible-based seminary instruction closer to you (MBS is prayerfully considering more locations in the future)
  • Through Connect, earn a Grad Certificate, MAPS, or M.Div.

The Official Line

This blog post does the program no justice - so please read the press release or contact Admissions for more information:

Welcome! – Dr. Robert Redman

Comments Off on Welcome! – Dr. Robert Redman Written on March 11th, 2009 by
Categories: Faculty, General

Dr. Robert RedmanDr. Robert Redman, the new academic dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary began work this past January, and hit the ground running with new initiatives already in the works. Thanks to a generous $500,000 grant from the Kern Family Foundation, Dr. Redman will lead the way for some exciting new developments at the Seminary. In the next four years, Dr. Redman will help launch:

Dr. Redman's experience as the dean at non-campus-based Tozer Seminary will provide him with the necessary insight to helm a distance education endeavor at Multnomah. He also served as the director of a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) program at Fuller Seminary for six years, with approximately 1,200 D.Min students, making him a natural fit to launch Multnomah's D.Min.

You can read more about Dr. Redman's professional and educational background in our official press release.

You can also find Dr. Redman on Facebook.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for exciting developments at Multnomah Biblical Seminary as Dr. Redman works hard to make seminary education a reality for more future students!

Say It’s Not So!

Comments Off on Say It’s Not So! Written on October 31st, 2008 by
Categories: Faculty

Yes, it's true. Dr. Don Brake, Dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary has announced that he is retiring!

We don't know whether to be happy for him or disappointed for us...

A Word From Dr. Brake

"I have reached the place in life where it is time to turn the leadership of the seminary over to a younger man, to bring new ideas, and to insert enthusiasm into the program," Dr. Brake said. "It has been a great ride but all good things must come to an end."

Multnomah's Official Press Release

A “Healthy” Debate

4 comments Written on September 16th, 2008 by
Categories: Students

In an effort to care for the health of students, Multnomah has implemented a new policy this year regarding insurance for students. As the student handbook states:

We require all students who are enrolled with six or more credits to purchase health insurance through the school or to provide proof of equivalent coverage through a personal health insurance policy.

Student reaction to this new policy has varied. In the September issue of Multnomah’s student newspaper The Voice, the “Photopinion” features six students who were asked the question, “What do you think of the new required student insurance?” Here are their responses:

I have my own insurance. I think it’s good if you don’t have insurance.
Elise Brown, freshman, intercultural studies

It’s pretty hard for students to pay that much money for insurance.
Steve Lyons, MA in teaching

If it’s a cheap plan and it’s affordable, then it’s probably a good idea for students.
Gabriele Winship, MAPS

I think it’s good because insurance is very expensive these days.
Sequoia Nelson, sophomore, journalism

It’s good for those who don’t have it, but it also places a financial burden on students.
Aaron Smith, junior, intercultural studies

I think it’s good as long as students understand what the insurance entails.
Kyle Tyson, junior, youth ministry

Even though this requirement isn't much of a "debate," per se, tell us what do YOU think?

*** UPDATE ***

This morning, I received an email from the undergraduate Student Services office with the following information pertinent to this post:

The cost this year for undergraduate is $411 for the fall semester (8/22/08 to 1/8/09) and $654 for the Spring/Sumer (1/9/09 to 8/2/09). Thus, it is $1065 for the year. The insurance is required for all undergraduate students taking six or more credits who do not have comparable insurance coverage.

The graduate plan is $561 for the Fall semester and $892 for the Spring/Summer, and the International Plan is $465 Fall and $739 Spring/Summer. Graduate and Seminary students are encouraged, but not required to purchase coverage.

Online Education – One Year After the Launch

Comments Off on Online Education – One Year After the Launch Written on July 31st, 2008 by
Categories: Programs

One year has passed since the launch of Connect, the Seminary's online course program. Online classes are in such high demand that both semesters' courses were filled to capacity. Most importantly, we met our goal of providing students with classes that helped them accomplish their learning goals, in their own communities, and on their own schedules.

Here's what some of the students had to say in their anonymous, end-of-the-term evaluations:
Connect Convenient

"...everything went very smoothly and I look forward to taking more courses online. Excellent vision from Multnomah to provide this opportunity for those of us still in ministry that live some distance from campus."

Connect Learning

"I loved this class, the books, the prof, the chatting, the case studies, but especially the discussion questions. Those required specific thought & study."

Connect Community

"This course was an excellent compliment to my on-campus studies and the on-line classes offer an added measure of flexibility to scheduling. Overall this has been an excellent experience and I would highly recommend this to future students. Thanks for a job very well done."

Connect Interaction

"Answering the questions online and the chat times made the course feel more personal than on-campus classes feel sometimes."

As Connect looks forward to its second year operating as a pilot program, we will double the number of courses offered, evaluate and sharpen the program, and do our very best to provide a quality learning option for anyone, anywhere.

If you are interested in taking Seminary courses online through Connect, contact Student Enrollment for more information.