Annual Report

Elie Wiesel said that God made humankind because God loves stories. That’s an understanding of God that matches mine. The God of relationships is the God of stories. In higher education we get to experience new beginnings with the start of school years, new semesters, commencement, and convocation. The thing about stories is that there are always transitions, always new beginnings. It may also be that some of us stay in higher education because we love new beginnings too—the start of new semesters gives us a chance to start over.

I don’t know if God loves annual reports, but I think there is value in an organization giving testimony of the work that was done in the previous year. Often, it’s graphs, numbers, and financial reports, but what we are inviting you to experience here is actually our story of momentum, growth, and progress. Like any organization, there are setbacks and disappointments, but this is a year filled with markings of further embodiment of our mission and thoughtful movement toward our strategic goals.

As you explore our 2015-16 annual report, I invite you to read it as a narrative rather than a report, a testimony of stewardship rather than a corporate statement, and a song of gratitude and praise rather than a statistical review.

As always, we want to say loudly and deeply, “Thanks be to God.”

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Dr. Keith Anderson
President

71

Graduating class of 2016

Faculty Publications

Our faculty are returning from busy summers full of writing, speaking, and researching, as another year of educating and equipping students in our graduate degree programs commences. Take a look back at some faculty highlights from the previous year.

Healing the Wounded Heart
Spirituality of Listening
Closer to the Edge

New Faculty Hire

Angela-Parker

Dr. Angela Parker joined our core faculty as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies in the Fall 2015 term.

Revised Common Core

After two years of faculty innovation, redesigning, and piloting, The Seattle School has launched a revised common curriculum designed to deepen the learning experience of our students.

1080

Alumni

Colorado: New Alumni Hub

Carolinas: New Alumni Chapter

Symposia

The Office of Students & Alumni, in collaboration with Forum, launched the 1st annual Symposia: An Intersection of Conversation and Innovation. You can experience 20 TED-style lectures by Seattle School alumni on the Intersections blog.

Alumni Lecture Series

Songwriters Workshop and Concert with Over the Rhine, an Ohio-based music duo named one of Paste Magazine's "100 Best Living Songwriters."

The Allender Center redeveloped and launched a brand new, responsive website designed to support our growing offerings, a dynamic calendar, and numerous resources, including: Video Gallery, Store, and more.

67%

Increase in Visits

22%

Increase in Pageviews

66%

Increase in Visitors

The Allender Center Podcast candidly wrestles with the deep places of heartache and hope that are rarely addressed in our culture. Each weekend, Dr. Dan Allender and his guests engage categories including trauma, wisdom, leadership, marriage, and more. We are celebrating almost two years of the podcast, nearly 90 episodes as of June 30, 2016, and more than 260,000 downloads this past year (350,000 downloads all-time).

260K

Podcast Downloads

77

Training Certificate Graduates

14

Externship Program Graduates

The Allender Center exists because we believe true healing and restoration occurs when we courageously step into our stories of pain and harm. This year we were privileged to sojourn with more than 4,000 people.

45

Recovery Week Participants

156

Story Workshop Participants

4K

Conference Participants

The Forum embodies its mission to expand the collective imagination toward understanding self, God, and neighbor by gathering thought leaders, practitioners, and artists for a wide array of innovative and collaborative conferences, lectures, events, and experiences.

18

Forum
Events

1800

Forum
Participants

75

Forum
Presenters

Relational Perspectives Series

Steven Knoblauch

Dr. Steven Knoblauch, internationally renowned psychoanalyst and author of The Musical Edge of Therapeutic Dialogue.

Stanley Grenz Lecture Series

Shelly Rambo

Dr. Shelly Rambo, renowned constructive theologian and author of Spirit and Trauma.

Inhabit is a two-day conference intentionally designed to engage, encourage, and empower innovative, missional practitioners as they go about practicing the way of Jesus in place. We celebrated our fifth year with an exciting line up of presenters and the launch of a new content-rich website.

5th

Conference

300

Attendees

35+

Presenters

Redeveloped and launched a new website to support the
growing content and audience of The Other Journal.

150K+

Visits

213K+

Pageviews

117K+

Visitors

Revenue Sources

  • Student Tuition & Fees, Net of Scholarships
    61% | $3,695,625
  • Private Gifts
    18% | $1,092,734
  • Grants
    1% | $73,000
  • Federal Student Workstudy Grants
    1% | $37,047
  • Conferences & Bookstore
    18% | $1,127,659
  • Other revenue
    1% | $73,269
Revenue Sources

Expenses by Function

  • Instructional Services
    23% | $1,369,830
  • Academic Support
    5% | $312,720
  • Student Services
    13% | $768,725
  • Conferences & Bookstore
    15% | $927,337
  • Institutional Support
    25% | $1,494,249
  • Facilities & Depreciation
    19% | $1,146,392
Expenses by Function

Expenses by Object

  • Salaries & Benefits
    62% | $ 3,736,631
  • Facilities & Depreciation
    19% | $1,146,781
  • All Other Expenses
    19% | $1,131,477
Expenses by Object

Every person who engages The Seattle School is on a journey with promise. Our donors are a generous reminder that no one embarks on that sacred pilgrimage alone. To those who make the journey, and those who make it possible, we say thank you!

20%

Increase in Donor Base

Past Annual Reports

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009