Biblical authority given science and the enculturated nature of revelation. The gospel’s implications for human flourishing and eschatological salvation. The biblical vision for family, marriage, gender and sexuality. The plausibility of the Christian life-view and the relevance of the church to contemporary life.

David Clark
Vice President and Dean, Bethel Seminary


1. Seminary graduates are not prepared for the realities of what resides in the pews. 2. The prevalence of post-modern thought among congregants is challenging. 3. They must decide what elements are most important for biblical worship: music, sermon, Scripture?

Al Cureton
President, University of Northwestern in St. Paul


Biblical truthfulness and authority; Christology, including the doctrine of the Trinity; the nature of the gospel, including challenges of inclusivism and universalism; the subject of humankind, including what it means to be human, along with sexuality and culture.

David S. Dockery
President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


In light of the pluralistic ethos of our time and the deep cultural commitments to tolerance, one of the primary theological issues for seminary students is the exclusivity of Christ for salvation. Second, given the post-denominational context of our time, many students are grappling with the nature and purposes of the Church.

Dennis P. Hollinger
President, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


Re-envisioning ecclesiology for the 21st century is critical. Terms and themes related to the mission of the church are in need of serious reflection. Epistemology is central to any question surrounding T/truth and authority in a post-modern world.

Byron D. Klaus
President, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary


Learning how to present the gospel so that post-modern, secular, prosperous, western populations can hear it. Finding ways to communicate the message in attractive and meaningful ways without compromising the truth.

John C. Shultz
President, Ashland Theological Seminary


Exclusivity of Jesus and the gospel in a pluralistic world; authority of the Bible in engagement with competing worldviews; human personhood and sexuality in the light of imago Dei, depravity, redemption and sanctification.

Mark Young
President, Denver Seminary

This article originally appeared in the NAE Insight.