How real is the virtual community?
Can community, in its sense of theological preparation, be achieved only in a long-term residential setting? Or can a seminary create a virtual campus that lets students build real-world relationships? As Bethel Theological Seminary prepares to graduate the first class of its five-year In Ministry program, Melinda R. Heppe examines the school’s experience and how the program continues to evolve with changing technology. Is such a program only a matter of time at your institution, and what will it take to make virtual education a pedagogically sound reality?