Tyndale Seminary Success
October is here and new Tyndale students have adjusted to the rhythms of the new school year, while returning students have settled in to their familiar routines. Tyndale University College & Seminary is pleased to announce that Tyndale’s incoming class for the fall 2011 semester is the largest class since 1999. This year’s growth was led by the Seminary which saw a 30 percent increase in new students, whereas, last year, growth was led by the University College with an increase of 27 percent in the number of accepted students.
Tyndale’s Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Philip Kay, credits the integration of theology and practice as a key to the Seminary’s continued success, “I think people know that our professors are practicing what they teach,” said Phil. “We are really excited that many people entering the seminary are going into ministry while others are seeking to deepen their understanding and their faith in their chosen fields. They are becoming a more educated and intentional congregation of people seeking to live missional lives wherever they are called.”
In addition to relevant courses and knowledgeable professors, Tyndale Seminary has added new, flexible programs and an array of year-round accessible course options, including evening and weekend classes, intensive courses, summer school, and online learning. “At Tyndale, we understand ministry and witness as being entrusted to the whole people of God, not only to those engaged in full-time vocational ministry,” says Dr. Janet Clark, Dean of the Seminary. “So we’ve developed a number of programs designed specifically for Christians in the workplace who want to study, grow, and develop as people of faith.” The Seminary also began a Doctor of Ministry program in 2009, which is drawing a whole new group of Christian leaders seeking further development at the doctoral level.
The seminary and university college combined to make 2011 one of Tyndale’s most successful years. Tyndale University College & Seminary has reached its highest full-time equivalent (FTE) since 1999 with a 5.8 percent increase since fall 2010. “We are proud that a new group of Christian leaders is coming to Tyndale Seminary to study,” says Phil Kay, “and we are anticipating that Tyndale Seminary will continue to diversify and grow.”