Recap: A New Way of Being

October 31, 2021

On June 15, 2020, we began a long-term series of blog posts by looking at Romans 12 and Paul’s invitation to “be transformed.” In that first post, David Williams shared:

“Be transformed,” Paul says. There’s a new pattern. There’s a new mold into which believers are to be pressed that will shape us by its patterns. This is the shape of the new age, the patterns of the promised age which the Jews anticipated as the kingdom of God. That mold is the form and pattern of Jesus, the crucified Messiah. And we are transformed by making our minds new again.”

Over the next several weeks, months, and indeed entire year, we looked at several aspects of Romans 12, the Kairos Project, organization practices and much more. All along, the goal has been to reflect on the “new way of being” we are invited to pursue as followers of Jesus. For an organization, that means considering new ways of learning, operating, collaborating, communicating, and more so that our organizational practices help, rather than hinder, our walk with Christ. A somewhat blunt way to put it could be that we want to practice what we preach! If we espouse the importance of being transformed by the renewing of our minds, to recognize there is a new mold, “new patterns of the promised age,” then we would do well to let those patterns shape who we are not only as individuals but also as a community.

As we prepare to move into the next series of blog posts, which will focus on some of the common questions students, mentors, faculty, and partners ask about Kairos, we thought it would be helpful to capture and categorize the various aspects of the “new way of being” series we just completed. Feel free to bookmark this post so that you have easy access to each blog post in the series!

An Invitation to Transformation
We began by looking at Romans 12 and how it is inviting us to “be transformed.” This lead us to consider what it might look like to imagine theological education through a new lens.

Romans 12: Transformation

Romans 12: Renewal

Romans 12: Patterns

Romans 12: Culture and Change

Romans 12: Abundant Information

Learning in a New Way

Standards of Excellence
Standards of excellence (i.e., what is deemed to be proficient or effective) arise from particular communities of practice. The implications of that reality are far reaching. In this series, we explored some of those implications and how they might inform our work.

Standards of Excellence Series

Standards of Excellence: Context

Standards of Excellence: Community

Standards of Excellence: Change

Implications of Context, Community & Contingency, Pt. 1

Implications of Context, Community, & Contingency, Pt. 2

Knowing is Integrative, Pt. 1

Knowing is Integrative, Pt. 2

Knowing is Integrative, Pt. 3

Looking Back at the Standards of Excellence Series

Overview of Kairos
The Kairos Project is our attempt to live into a shared invitation into a new way of being. Within Kairos, we are striving to create fresh expressions of theological education that help us steward followers of Jesus who flourish in their vocations for the sake of the world. In the next series of posts, we shared several aspects of Kairos. Everything we do is intended to help us “be transformed” both as individual followers of Jesus and as a global community.

We began by sharing about the educational philosophy behind Kairos.

Kairos Philosophy Series Introduction

Kairos Series: From CBE to CBTE

Kairos Series: Principles of CBTE

Kairos Series: Practices of CBTE

Platform Thinking
Then we looked at the concept of a platform and how it informs the Kairos Project.

Kairos Series: CBTE As a Platform, Pt. 1

Kairos Series: CBTE As a Platform, Pt. 2

Kairos Series: CBTE As a Platform, Pt. 3

Competency-based theological education, in our experience, is informed by seven principles.

Principles of CBTE: Introduction

Principles of CBTE: Collaborative Mission

Principles of CBTE: Mentored Teamwork

Principles of CBTE: Contextualized Discipleship

Principles of CBTE: Customized Proficiency

Principles of CBTE: Integrated Outcomes

Principles of CBTE: Holistic Assessment

The seven principles of CBTE are played out in six practices – all leading to a quality framework.

Practices of CBTE: Affordable Programs

Practices of CBTE: Unified Systems

Practices of CBTE: Flexible Technology

Practices of CBTE: Collective Governance

Practices of CBTE: Continuous Improvement

Practices of CBTE: Quality Framework

The Kairos Quality Framework

The Kairos Community
In addition to a new way of learning, Kairos presents a wonderful opportunity to engage in a global community of people who call Jesus Lord and represent a broad range of theological and denominational traditions, vocational contexts, cultures, races, and ethnicities. To be faithful followers of Jesus who in engage in this kind of community, we believe it can be helpful to engage in several practices as a community.

Kairos Community Series Introduction

Practicing the Way of Jesus, Pt. 1

Practicing the Way of Jesus, Pt. 2

Practicing the Way of Jesus, Pt. 3

The Many and the One

Theological Hospitality

A Movement, Not an Institution

Localized and Global Engagement

Diversity and Unity

Collaborating in a New Way
An important aspect of Kairos is our commitment to kingdom-minded collaboration. To encourage such collaboration and partnership, we have developed a framework, several resources, and a way of working collaboratively.

Intro: A New Way of Collaborating

1 Corinthians 3:1-9: Collaborating In a New Way

Foundations and Practices of Collaboration: The Integrative System

Foundations and Practices of Collaboration: Shared Values

Foundations and Practices of Collaboration: Partnership Framework

Partner Toolkit

Communicating in a New Way
To foster trust and collaboration within a community spread out around the world, it is important to consider the connection between communication and transparency.

Effective Communication: Introduction

Effective Communication: Telling The Story

Effective Communication: Be Transparent – Intro

Effective Communication: Why Is Transparency Difficult?

Effective Communication: Why is Transparency Important?

Effective Communication: Practices of Transparent Communication Pt 1

Effective Communication: Practices of Transparent Communication Pt 2


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