I’m excited to share that, a few days ago, I became a Fellow in Scripture and Theology with the Greystone Theological Institute. I will be lecturing for them on an occasional basis and will also be contributing to the work of the Lydia Center.
Greystone describes its mission as follows:
Greystone Theological Institute is a collaborative effort in Reformed theological education and training in ministry and scholarship. With a focus on service in the region of western Pennsylvania, Greystone also resources scholarship and ministerial formation at the postgraduate level at select satellite sites in the United States and internationally through a combination of regular intensive on-site courses and online courses and events. It seeks to enrich the educational mission of the Church in the tradition of confessional Reformed catholicity, foster theological collaboration, and share resources in order to advance learning; to strengthen teaching, learning and research; and to maximize the stewardship of scholarly resources for Church and academy.
Read more about the organization here and consider supporting their work here.
That’s marvellous. Congratulations. An Anglican, if not Anglo-Catholic, abroad.
The following is a set of serious questions, not rhetorical ones. I don’t mean it to sound punchy, but I do mean to ask interrogatively:
Who recognizes the certificate as the equivalent of a MTh (especially of a program in such a small span of time)? Are there any established groups/churches/sects/denominations that have signaled approval? Are there PhD/DMin/etc. programs that have made connections to Greystone? Is this short time-length a new norm within the seminary world, or something still in prototype?
I ask because education is an economic risk, especially when its significance may be flimsy at best in a given institutional context. I figure you’re not the type to sign up to teach at the proverbial Trump University, so I was curious how the program was integrated into the existing seminary/university world.
I’m a student at GTI. They are finalizing partnerships with PRTS and WTS that will allow them to award not only certificates, but ATS-accredited ThM and PhD degrees.
Your concerns are wise, and I’m glad to say that GTI has strong answers.
Alastair has a changed status, from an untethered theologian, blogger at large, to corporate allegiance and accountability, as a Fellow, of an organisation. The questions you raise are for the Institute, not Alastair.
And as this is his platform, he’s not answerable to any who may comment. In the past Alastair, has explained how his blog may change from time to time. This is a new era.