With staffing costs often consuming 50-85% of the seminary budget one would think that this area calls for lots of creativity.

Part of the vision of Theologians Without Borders is to provide volunteer teachers who will work, usually for a short term, at no charge, with the local hosts taking care of accommodation and food. This is a tremendous help to seminaries, but as has been noted often, there are rich blessings that the visiting teacher receives.

Thomas Chin says: “MBTS is blessed to be able to recruit more people power in our seminary by securing different kinds of capable people and not having to pay their salaries. They can be faith workers, retired people and people supported by a sending body.”

Got any creative staffing ideas to give away?

Dr. Geoff Pound

Image: MBTS, perched on a hill in Penang.