Horizon launched a competency-based model in 2015. Although Horizon has a long history of producing capable, competent leaders, we sought feedback from alumni and practitioners and realized we knew we must do better.
We listened not only to alumni from our college but to alumni and leaders representing theological colleges and seminaries internationally, cross-denominationally, and from different generations. We heard a common refrain: Bible college/seminary helped me grow personally, spiritually, and in my biblical knowledge, introduced me to lifelong friends (maybe a spouse!), but it didn’t adequately prepare me to serve in real-world ministry. We listened and we changed. We retained the positive aspects of a traditional theological college while ensuring our students graduate competent to handle the demands of real-world ministry, ready to offer personal and biblical counsel, but equally prepared to read a spreadsheet and manage a board meeting.