Ministry & Leadership - Spring 2017 - 37
Available, Accessible, Flexible
TS has always been at the forefront of making theological education as available, accessible
and flexible as possible. The
most visible expression of this
emphasis is the RTS-Global/
Distance Education program. Its
vision is to bring quality seminary training in the Reformed
tradition to students across the
globe, such as Hikari Ishido (see
To accomplish this, RTS-Global/DE is
adding new, intuitive features to its courses, such as online classrooms and media
platforms in both desktop and mobile environments. The aim is to bring a high
level of instruction, interactivity and ease
of use by leveraging technology while ensuring students have the personal, human
support they need to have a positive learning experience. RTS-Global/DE provides:
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registration and logistical support, live
faculty interaction and teaching assistant
support, and a fully staffed student services department.
Ultimately, RTS-Global/DE enables every Christian to go to seminary, in that
all believers should seek to be thoroughly
equipped to rightly handle God's Word.
With technology, anyone can receive seminary-level teaching, whether through the
traditional on-campus format, a hybrid
format, a fully online program, or even
through downloading lectures for free
through mobile apps or webpages.
While some are called to be full-time,
residential students, others are prohibited
from doing so by their particular life situation. For these others, RTS-Global/DE
provides multiple options, including hybrid (residential/online) and fully online.
For those who can't afford seminary, RTSGlobal/DE offers financial aid, as well as
makes all course content available for free
download through RTS Mobile.
When theological education is truly
available, accessible and flexible, the possibilities are endless. RTS-Global/DE
helps turn those possibilities into realities.
- Paul Schwarz
For more information, visit rts.edu/global.
RTS-Global/DE executive director David John
and director of admissions Edward Murray
contributed to this item.