A Vibrant Seminary for Future Generations: 2016-2017 President's Annual Report
“And serve each other according to the gift each person has received, as good managers of God’s diverse gifts.” (1 Peter 4:10 CEB)
I chose this Bible verse from 1 Peter to guide Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s strategic planning work in 2015. It is a reflection of our commitment to be a servant seminary and I refer to it now because in 2016-2017, despite the challenging socio-political climate, Garrett-Evangelical celebrates the blessings and tremendous giftedness in our community. These gifts and accomplishments are the result of the tireless dedication, careful planning, and resilience of our faculty, staff, students, trustees, alums, and friends.
As we have sought to be good managers of these gifts, we have thrived during a year of transition enabling the seminary to build strong foundations in several areas to support future growth. We have managed this while remaining true to our mission and vision—dedicated to partnership with the global church, benefitting our surrounding community, providing hospitality and inclusive welcome, and caring for the future through generational stewardship.
Among our accomplishments in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, we have surpassed the $100 million goal of the Forging Our Future capital campaign! It would have been impossible to reach this goal without the generosity of each of you, our trustees, alums, friends, faculty, staff, and students. We are blessed by your unwavering gifts of time, talent, and treasure and we remain a strong seminary because of your deep level of commitment.
Even though we have surpassed the $100 million goal, we will continue to receive gifts to the campaign until the end of June. Not all of the internal campaign goals have been met and we know there are still some alums, trustees, and friends who want to make gifts to the campaign. We will officially conclude our Forging our Future campaign on June 30, 2017—six months ahead of schedule!
You can read more about the Forging Our Future capital campaign and all of our recent accomplishments in the 2016-2017 President's Annual Report. Though there is much to celebrate we also know this is not the time to rest on our laurels. The need for spiritually grounded and prophetic leaders remains, now more than ever, and we remain dedicated to be a servant seminary to the church, the academy, and our world.
Lallene J. Rector