Today was the final day of festivities for the Board of Directors @ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and my first meeting with the board.
While much of the board’s work is approving the recommendations of the administrators, these two days gave me a chance to see the work of the board first hand and to see PTS from a whole different side. I have to say that while I was excited about the future of my alma mater prior to the board meeting my excitement grew steadily throughout the meeting, and much of it has to do with the leadership of our new president Bill Carl.
Last year when Bill began his term I was skeptical (to be honest) because I couldn’t really get a sense of where Bill was leading the seminary and what his agenda was. It seemed to me that at first he was trying to make friends with everyone (which I couldn’t blame him, that’s what you need to do). On Tuesday night Bill presented his vision and I have to say I was impressed. Like most vision-related stuff I would nuance some words here and there, but Bill seems content to lead Pittsburgh Seminary in a natural and Spirit-led direction toward a model of seminary education that is “missional” in nature. One might say that Bill is looking to guide Pittsburgh toward being a “missional seminary”.
There are of course challenges and issues ahead, but I think good things are going to happen at PTS.