Please define the name and explain the purpose of Synseis Alliance International

Synseis is a combination of two words – the first word being synergistic, which means two or more entities working together to accomplish something that produces more than both working separately. The second word is senseis, meaning master teacher or trainer. The two words combined means synergistic mentoring and training.

Our purpose is to facilitate synergistic mentoring and training alliances between individuals, institutions and organizations committed to strengthening global theological and ministry education in context.

What does “in context” mean as it is used in the Synseis purpose statement?

“In context” is included in our purpose statement because it’s easy for any of us to take what we know, what we have learned and place it into another place in the world and expect it to work the same way. The reality of it is if we’re not especially conscious of understanding the cultural values and educational frameworks of the institution we are serving, we can miss some opportunities to truly strengthen that institution’s impact. Therefore our goal and our purpose are to do whatever we do in context of the environment of the institution being served.

Is Synseis a mission organization, a nonprofit consultant service or an educational administrative model?

Synseis is all of the above depending on what kind of service is needed and what resources are available. In terms of its worldwide reach, Synseis is a mission organization. Priority will be given to institutions with a Christian world view that want to make a difference in ministry and theological education in their part of the world.

Synseis is also a nonprofit educational and administrative consulting service for executive level administrative leaders in schools within the developing world which request our services.

Synseis employs a synergistic mentoring model which endeavors to match successful executive level administrators with indigenous executive administrators in schools around the world. We value coming alongside other people who are attempting to prepare women and men for ministry by offering tools and pertinent support required to accomplish the work of theological education.

Will Synseis assist schools that are not accredited?

Accreditation is a standard among reputable theological schools. Therefore, Synseis prefers to serve theological and ministry training institutions that are fully accredited, moving toward accreditation or willing to pursue recognized accreditation in their geographical area. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.

How does an institution discover Synseis’ services?

The primary way that these services will be discovered is through the Synseis network of organizations and individuals.

What is the primary focus of Synseis’ service?

Our first priority is mentoring and coaching indigenous executive leaders for seminaries, bible colleges and ministry training institutions in the developing world. Executive leadership is defined as President, Principal or Provost.

How will Synseis become involved when a newly appointed indigenous leader is announced?

Synseis will attempt to match an experienced administrator with the leader after an invitation is received from both the board and leader.

What will be the process of finding experienced successful administrative personnel that can mentor leadership in the developing world’s schools?

There is an ongoing effort to recruit experienced women and men (using vacation, sabbatical, or retirement hours) who can spend extended time working with leaders in other countries. We are working with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and their member schools, ICETE and their member schools, professional administration organizations and conferences, and word of mouth recommendations. Synseis presently has a significant list of people who are eager to mentor peers around the world. These are people who are Christian in their world view who bring great experience and significant years of service to strengthen theological and ministry education through synergistic mentoring.

What is the average time commitment to be?

We anticipate an average time frame between three and six months. This fits within an academic sabbatical or in a professional retirement. We understand that circumstances will be unique and are open to adjustment as required with the hope that the mentoring relationship will continue for many years.

What is the time line for a project from initial contact to its implementation?

Implementation will depend on various factors including appointment dates, academic calendar, and personnel availability.