Francis Asbury Institute
The Francis Asbury Institute is the outworking of the scholastic aims that are foundational to FAS. Drawing from the nearby academic communities of Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary, the Institute exists to promote and maintain a theological dialogue centering around the kind of “dynamic orthodoxy” to which the works of Francis Asbury and John Wesley themselves give witness.
Through seminars, classes, academic symposiums (see the Dennis F. Kinlaw Symposium for Theological Dialogue), and graduate guidance, the Institute will facilitate the work of theology aimed at piety rather than polity. Too long has the work of theology been removed from the context of the local Christian community into the detached world of academia. Healthy, orthodox, informed, and relevant theological dialogue is vital not just for those whose interests somehow get piqued, but for the countless men and women committed to the cause of Christ around the world in every culture.
FAI also offers the Francis Asbury Fellows program, which has seen much success through the years. In fact, Ron Smith (Executive Director) and Jim Harriman (Direction of Latin American Ministries) both began their partnership with FAS as Fellows. The Fellows program seeks young, bright minds in graduate programs to carry on the academic work of the Society.
It is not strictly academic, however, as Fellows also teach and preach in partnership with the Society. This program will continue to expand in coming years as the next generation of scholars emerges. Additionally, the new Ministry Center now allows FAS to offer office space to Fellows for them to conduct their research, one of the many purposes that make the Ministry Center a sacred place.