Tyndale News - Year in Review

Tyndale Seminary Celebrates Record Enrollment

More students enrolled in the fall 2020 term at Tyndale Seminary than ever before. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which closed campuses to in-person learning across the country, 910 students chose to study at Tyndale Seminary, compared with 890 the previous year.

“This was the best year ever for Tyndale Seminary, and what that tells us is that live-stream instruction can work well for graduate students and faculty and will be a growing part of our future,” said Dr. Arnold Neufeldt-Fast, VP, Academic and Dean of the Seminary. Students enjoyed learning from women and men of faith who are experts in their fields, as well as Tyndale’s flexible study options that include modular programs and evening and weekend classes.

Tyndale Offers MDiv Major in Pastoral Thanatology

Pastoral thanatology explores the grieving process, ethical issues surrounding death and dying, cultural, gender, and societal attitudes towards death, the issues facing both the dying and the bereaved, and the place of ritual and memorialization.

Responding to a strong and growing interest in this specialized training, Tyndale approved an MDiv Major in Pastoral Thanatology. “Many want to learn how to best support people who are grieving personal losses that are prevalent in our broken world” says Dr. David Sherbino. “One of the strongest ways to demonstrate the love of God is being present during these difficult times."

Tyndale Now Offers A Fully Online Accredited MDiv

Last fall, Tyndale became one of the first accredited seminaries in Canada to offer a fully online Master of Divinity program after receiving Senate approval to remove residency requirements.

“An online delivery option aligns well with the new ways students wish to access graduate education,” says Dr. Arnold Neufeldt-Fast. “Our investment in web-based course production over many years has been a solid anchor in the COVID–19 storm and provides the platform for a quality, fully-online MTS or MDiv degree.” The next start date for the MDiv Interdisciplinary degree is xxx 2021.

Diversity and Inclusion

With a student body of over 60 ethnic people groups and more than 40 denominations, Tyndale offers a diverse community of faith.

Tyndale affirms the manner in which we all bear the image and likeness of our creator God and condemns racism in all its forms. We stand with all marginalized persons and seek to take the necessary actions to demonstrate our commitment to nurture understanding, respect and reconciliation.

The Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, composed of staff, faculty and students, has been active. The Council provides advice and recommendations to Tyndale’s leadership by identifying issues, seeking improvements and recommending changes.

New Program in Bible Translation Fulfills Great Commission

Bible translators dedicate their lives to cultivating relationships, understanding people groups and finding the right words of expression. Some see the impact of their work decades later, and some never see its fruition, but there is no doubt that their work is a huge step in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Tyndale University now offers a Concentration in Bible Translation as part of the Bachelor of Arts in the Linguistics program. The concentration specifies three 4000-level LING courses and adds one course in Anthropology and four courses in biblical languages.