From the President

Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

October 2015 Inscribed

Dear Friends,

The staff has been working hard to advertise, market, and develop the programs of the institute. Classes in August and September continued to show great promise. Mrs. Kim Cancelosi, our Western Washington Administrator, is doing a fantastic job of filling our lectures with audiences and our classes with students. In our Bozeman office, Ms. Un Kim, Kathryn and Matt Green, with the assistance of Dr. Bill Fowler, are doing a great job of reaching out to churches and college students for our programs throughout the region. I am very pleased with the job these wonderful people are doing.

The institute has two big emphases going on right now.

First, the faculty, Dr. Fowler, and myself are busy working on our residential Master of Divinity program, which we hope to deliver starting in 2017. We are very excited about this new program and all that it will mean to our students and to the mission of the church in our world. It is not enough to adopt the latest online education initiatives, or to promise recreation in the mountains. The very process and method of education must change in light of our cultural and technological shifts. In order to become meaningful for our students, educational methodology must change significantly; it must become more personal, more integrated, and thus more holistic. See Page 1 of this newsletter for more about this exciting new program.

Second, we have begun the process of developing our property on South 19th Street in Bozeman – 80 acres of prime real estate donated by the Gilhousen Family. An architect’s rendering of the property development may be found on Page 4 of this edition of Inscribed. With this initiative is the accompanying financial development. I hope that many of you will consider partnering with the Gilhousen Family to develop this property and our endowment. Our goal is to enable our students to learn in a quality facility and practically tuition free. I hope you see the benefit in this as well. Please call the YTI office with any questions you may have about the project or donating!

Many Blessings!
Dr. Jay Smith, President

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