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Regent Announces Restructuring for Future Impact

February 18, 2015

The Board of Governors and senior leadership have focused over the past year on two priorities:

  1. How do we make adjustments so we can proceed on a stable financial footing to serve God's church with transformative education?
  2. How do we provide educational opportunities that continue what Regent has always done well, but in fresh and creative ways so they are accessible in today's world?

As a result, after months of prayerful consideration and review, we have decided to restructure our organization and reduce our staff complement by approximately 30%.

This is a very significant decision, which enables the College to do several things:

  1. Develop an achievable balanced budget for our 2015–2016 fiscal year. This is the first of many steps in developing a solid financial foundation for our future ministry.
  2. Adjust the functional structure of how we work together to promote greater teamwork, strategy and creativity across the organization.

The newly evolving structure—into which we are just starting to transition—is leaner, more flexible and encourages stronger communication across work teams.

The end result of this new structure and focus will be more flexible and accessible high quality programming that better addresses the interests and needs of today's global church.

These decisions and adjustments have been structured so as to maintain all of our current degree programs and student services. Deep, transformative learning is at the core of our mission, and the College continues to be focused on strengthening the educational experience for all our students.

Please pray for Regent College as we live in to this new season of organizational life. We have many beloved colleagues who will be ending their time of service with us. Those who continue on will need to re-envision their work in fresh ways with fresh priorities.

For more information about Jeff Greenman and his selection as President, please see:
http://www.regent-college.edu/about-us/president-and-cabinet

Restructuring FAQ

What exactly is happening?

In a nutshell, after months of prayerful consideration and review, the Board of Governors and the College's senior leadership have decided to restructure and reduce the College's staff by approximately 30%.

What are the benefits of doing this?

This is a very significant decision, and it enables the College to do several things:

  1. Develop what we think is an achievable balanced budget for our 2015–2016 fiscal year.
    This is the first of many steps in developing a solid financial foundation for our future ministry.
  2. Adjust the functional structure of how we work together, in ways that we hope will promote greater teamwork, strategy and creativity across the organization.
  3. The newly evolving structure—into which we are just starting to transition—is leaner, more flexible and encourages stronger communication across work teams.
  4. The end result of this new structure and focus will be more flexible and accessible programming that better addresses the interests and needs of today's global church.

When does all this happen?

It's happening now. Initial conversations have happened with all of Regent's staff and faculty, and as a community we are living in to this new reality.

Some of the impacted staff will conclude their work between February and May 2015. Some will continue for longer. Each person's situation is different depending on their role within the College, their length of service, and their personal preferences and life situations.

The new leadership team has met and the transition to new work teams with fresh focus has begun. Peter Shaw, an international management consultant and one of Regent's first four students, will be working with the new teams in late February to help them in their formative stages.

How does this affect faculty?

Faculty have been part of ongoing conversations about these issues and have collaborated with Jeff Greenman in developing the restructuring plan we are pursuing.

Regent is known around the world for its depth of thought around Biblical and theological studies, engagement with the culture, the integration of the arts, and deep spirituality. That is what makes Regent distinct, and that is who God has called us to be.

We are blessed to have faculty who are enormously gifted, in some ways uniquely gifted, to deliver those particular programs. We can only be Regent College with those kinds of programs served by those kinds of people.

So in the midst of these transitions, it is our priority to preserve our tradition of quality transformational education, done in a communal setting, where great students get together with wonderful faculty.

We are also working to strengthen and formalize our relationships with a cadre of outstanding faculty who, while not working full-time at Regent, have been long-time friends of the College and who have impacted Regent students immeasurably. They are also a vital part of our teaching community.

"I see the role of president here as being primarily creating the conditions that make it possible for really great things to happen when faculty and students get together. Creating those conditions institutionally: a strong financial footing, the right sort of faculty, excellent programming, wonderful students… to create that rich environment, that possibility so that wonderful things happen in the lives of our students when they work with our faculty."

— Jeff Greenman

I'm a student. How does this affect me?

In the short run, it doesn't. All our programs, student aid and student services continue as they are.

In the long run, it will. By creating an organizational structure that is more focused on flexibility, creativity and communication, the College will focus its efforts on providing transformative theological education that is accessible to you within the varied constraints and realities of today's world.

It is our hope and expectation that in the next few years, this difficult step now will result in an improved student experience, for a greater variety of students who become able to go deep into thoughtful study of God's Word and how to live out his Good News in relevant ways for our world.

What is the future vision that Jeff is working toward?

Regent's founding mission was to equip the whole people of God. That continues to be our focus: whole person formation, for the whole people of God, for service anywhere in God's world.

But in today's world it is far harder than ten or twenty years ago for people to stop, leave their jobs, move cities, and study for a year. So we need to adapt and make our educational offerings more flexible, accessible and affordable so that we can continue to equip the whole people of God.

We're not changing everything. Jeff is himself a Regent alumnus, so he knows and deeply values the many ways that Regent has always excelled. But we aim to offer a broader range of ways for people to access the transformative experience that a Regent education can be. It's going to help people from around the world come and get the best out of Regent on the terms that are more likely for them to be workable for their lives.

How does Jeff feel about the restructuring?

"We know that God calls us to be responsible stewards of the tuition and donations entrusted to us by students and donors. So right now we are moving ahead with these very hard decisions to create a stable and sustainable financial footing for our ongoing ministry.

It is agonizingly painful for me personally to have to inform some of our colleagues that their service to the College needs to end. These reductions in our staffing were really a last resort. Looking ahead, however, I am confident that our new ways of ordering our organization will enable us to serve the church more effectively and creatively in the coming years."

— Jeff Greenman

How does Rod feel about the restructuring?

"When I began my role as President in 2000, 9/11 had not happened, the global financial crisis was a long way off, and the value of education—including theological education—was not being questioned. 

Jeff is highly sensitive to the massive cultural and church shifts in the last 15 years, and he wants to lead Regent in a way that takes these changes into account. Such courageous leadership invites our prayer, support and financial backing."

— Rod Wilson

How can I help?

The mission of cultivating intelligent, vigorous and joyful commitment to Jesus Christ, his church and his world, isn't accomplished by the Regent staff, faculty and Board working in isolation on campus here at Regent. The mission is accomplished by the entire community.

So if you are a current student:
Study, wrestle, and get to know your classmates and professors, so that we can journey together to discover more of what God wants for our world.

If you are an alum:
Live out your personal calling robustly and creatively.

If you are a donor:
Please consider how you can provide increased financial resources to sustain and improve how we implement this vision of educating God's people. 

If you are not a donor:
Please consider how you can provide financial resources to sustain and improve how we implement this vision of educating God's people. If you wish to give right away, you may do so online, or find out other ways to donate.

And whoever you are, and however you have given and received in this community over the past 45 years:
Please pray. We are so earnestly seeking God's guidance, his wisdom, his grace and his provision to live well as we pursue this calling.

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