If you have ever sailed on the ocean in a fog or at night, you know that your instruments are your life. When you look around and everything is murk, you need that compass, that GPS system. In fact, even when the clouds lift, or dawn breaks, the instruments remain important, because when you’re on the sea, winds shift constantly, and so do currents and tides. Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth at the helm, you have to know where you are and where you’re going, and the instruments are the key.

In a theological school, the winds of social, ecclesial, and theological importance shift on a regular basis too. A school’s mission is its “true north,” and as sailors, the members of the board — along with the president, key administrators, and faculty — must tack and sometimes avoid obstacles while remaining focused on the destination. If they’re going to stay on course, sailors need to be reminded — over and over — how to use their instruments.

Article from: Summer 2012

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