Dear Seminary Community,
Last year we adopted a new
strategic plan that focuses us on the changes we need to make to serve the
future church. In order to reach the plan’s goals, the nature and extent
of all the seminary’s resources, including our human resources, are under review.
This led us to the painful realization that we must eliminate some staff and
Today, November 18, 2013, twenty-one people at the
seminary were told that their jobs no longer exist. Most of these cuts
were in the areas of Information Technology, Library, and Continuing Education.
This action comes at the end of an incredibly difficult decision making process
that has been conducted as carefully as possible. The process has included the
use of outside consultants and the wisdom of our trustees. We offered those
whose jobs were eliminated a generous severance package that we hope will help
them in this period of transition.
Our seminary has 502 students and
231 employees, which is an unworkable long-term business model for any school.
Clearly we have to make adjustments to this ratio. But even that is not the
primary rationale for the difficult decisions of removing some jobs. These cuts
were driven by our strategic plan. In the future we may hire people to fill new
positions that are necessary to help us achieve our vision for the future of
the Seminary. We may sell some properties and make improvements on
others. We may continue to reorganize departments. Ensuring what is in
the strategic best interest of the Seminary’s future drives all these decisions.
As we make these difficult changes,
we take very seriously how painful it is for people to lose their jobs, so
please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
M. Craig Barnes