Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) in Charlotte, North Carolina exists to equip men and women who, as committed servants of Christ, are disciplined in mind, eager to learn, and sensitive to the needs of the world. Gordon-Conwell in Charlotte primarily serves students from the Southeast and its sought-after degree programs have attracted students from other U.S. States and each major continent.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s (GCTS) Boston campus, called the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME) provides ministerial training for urban pastors and church leaders in Boston and throughout the United States. Gordon-Conwell’s CUME officially opened with 30 students in September 1976 at Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Currently located at its own campus facility a block from the original Roxbury location, Gordon-Conwell CUME serves more than 400 students coming from 39 denominations. With 21 distinct nationalities represented in CUME’s programs, classes are also taught in Spanish, French Creole and Portuguese, with occasional classes in American Sign Language.
The Center for Urban Ministerial Education’s main objective encompasses the greater mission of GCTS and is particularly focused to help equip urban pastors and church leaders for more effective ministry and outreach in urban communities locally and throughout the world. CUME’s academic program is contextualized to the needs of the city by means of faculty, staff, tuition, location, and class schedule. This unique program had served as a model for similar programs in Minneapolis; Philadelphia; Los Angeles; and Portland, Oregon; and in international cities such as Quito, Ecuador; and Lagos, Nigeria. CUME has also served in a support capacity by providing resources, ministerial fellowship, and stimulation for cross-denominational endeavors in evangelism and church growth.
Master of Divinity in Urban Ministry
Master of Divinity with a concentration in Urban Church Ministry prepares nearly 40% students to serve in ministry. Through a wide array of courses with a unique urban emphasis, this degree provide the skills and foundation to effectively proclaim God’s redeeming work in the context of the city. CUME’s student body is made up of a diverse group of people from different ethnicities, countries, denominations and phases of life.
With the cooperation and support of ministers, churches and agencies (especially the Emmanuel Gospel Center) in inner-city and working-class sections of Boston, this concentration creates a close relationship between Mentored Ministry in the city and academic training. Seminary courses on Urban Ministry are offered directly in the city and will required students to travel if they are not living in Boston. Students are encouraged to spend their second year in the city while completing their Urban Ministry Track courses, especially if they have never lived in an urban context prior to seminary.
Required Core Requirements
- Biblical Studies (10 Courses)
- Hebrew I, Hebrew II, Theology of the Pentateuch OR Intro to the Old Testament, Hebrew Exegesis Course, Old Testament Prophetical Books OR Old Testament Poetical Books, Basic Greek I, Basic Greek II, Interpreting the New Testament, New Testament Narrative Book Exegesis and New Testament Epistle Exegesis.
- Christian Thought (7 Courses)
- Systematic Theology I, II and III, The Church to the Reformation OR equivalent, The Church Since the Reformation OR equivalent, Social Ethics course and World Mission course.
- Ministry of the Church (8 Courses)
- Preaching: Principles & Practices in Preparing Relevant Biblical Sermons, Preaching for Modern Listeners, Inner City Ministry I and II, Church and Community, Educational Ministries course, Pastoral Counseling for Urban Ministry and Research and Writing in Urban Theological Studies.
- Mentored Ministry (2 Courses)
- Mentored Ministry I and II
- Electives (4 Courses)
Beeson Divinity School of Samford University is an interdenominational evangelical theological school in Birmingham, Alabama. The current dean of Beeson Divinity School is Timothy George and is the Professor of Divinity History and Doctrine. In addition, Beeson Divinity School is one of eight schools that make up Samford University.
On February 9, 1988, the Board of Trustees of Samford University authorized the establishment of the School of Divinity beginning in the 1988-1989 academic session. In one sense this action fulfilled the founding purpose of the University adopted in 1841 which provided for “the establishment of a Theological Institution, connected with the college hereinafter established.”
The seminary was established on February 9, 1988 and was established. In December of 1988, the Samford Board of Trustees voted to name the Divinity School ‘Beeson School of Divinity’ in honor of Ralph Waldo Beeson and his late father, John Wesley Beeson. Ralph Beeson provided the largest gift from a living individual in Samford history to establish the first divinity school at a Baptist college or university in the nation. Beeson Divinity School is open to persons from all Christian denominations.
Mr. Beeson’s founding vision was that Beeson Divinity School would be a place that trains “pastors who can preach.” Although many students and graduates find places of service outside the pulpit, the Seminary’s aim is to give special attention to the pastoral ministry.
Multnomah Biblical Seminary is a conservative, evangelical seminary located in Portland, Oregon with several teaching sites located in Reno, NV and Seattle, WA. The Seminary currently offers seven seminary degrees including: Master of Divinity (M.Div.), MA in Christian Leadership (MACL), MA in Biblical Studies (MABS), MA in Theological Studies (MATS), MA in Applied Theology (MAAT), Master of Theology (Th.M.), and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.).
On February 14, 1936, Rev. John G. Mitchell called a meeting of Portland-area ministers and Christian businessmen to discuss the idea of creating a Bible school in the Pacific Northwest. Mitchell, working with Dr. B.B. Sutcliffe, Dr. Willard Aldrich, and others founded the school that year. The following October, classes began with 49 students and a half-dozen faculty in a former mortuary. In 1943 Willard Aldrich became president of the school, and at age 34 the youngest president of a college in the United States. Willard served as president up until his retirement in 1978. During his time as president Multnomah came to reside on its current campus, and became a degree-granting college. His son, Dr. Joe Aldrich, followed his father as President and was affectionately referred to as Dr. Joe. The Multnomah Graduate School of Ministry was founded as a related institution in 1986 and was renamed later to Multnomah Biblical seminary. In 1993, the college was renamed to Multnomah Bible College and on July 1, 2008, the over-arching name of the entire institution was changed to Multnomah University.
Because Multnomah Biblical Seminary was launched to provide a complementary, non-repetitive seminary option for the Bible college graduates, we offer an advanced track designed to build on your Biblical and theological foundation rather than repeating it.
Located in Littleton, Colorado, Denver Seminary is an evangelical graduate-level institution that offers a wide range of degrees that are not typically associated with other accredited seminaries. Denver Seminary prides itself in its emphasis on training and mentoring as well as its rigorous academics which are combined with a steady dose of spiritual formation. Moreover, Denver Seminary has graduated over 4,500 students and currently serves more than 1,000 students coming from more than 50 denominations.
On July 1, 2009, Dr. Mark Young became the seventh President of Denver Seminary. He is a theological educator and a pastoral leader with more than thirty years of global ministry experience.
Founded in 1952, Talbot School of Theology is an interdenominational seminary located in Southern California near Los Angeles. It is one of the seven schools that comprises Biola University. Talbot couples solid evangelical scholarship with intentional character development to prepare students for a lifetime of relevant, effective ministry. It is the purpose of Talbot to develop in the lives of its students a spiritual life which is in harmony with the great doctrines taught, in order that they may grow in the grace as well as in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Specifically, the goal is to educate and graduate students characterized by practical Christian service, missionary and evangelistic zeal and an adequate knowledge of the Scriptures.
Talbot currently offers degree programs in Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theology, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education and Doctor of Ministry. Moreover, Talbot is known for its conservative evangelical theology, especially related to the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy and premillennial dispensationalism.
Dr. Clinton E. Arnold serves as the current Dean of Talbot School of Theology. He is also the Professor of New Testament Language and Literature.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) is an interdenominational evangelical Christian graduate school dedicated to equipping students to ‘all facets of gospel outreach’. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary combines a rich tradition with cutting-edge educational innovation. Rooted in the gospel and God’s Word, GCTS seeks to develop Christian leaders who are thoughtful, globally aware, spiritually mature and ready for a broad array of ministries.
The original Hamilton campus serves as the main campus with a diverse student body of approximately 632 students from 55 denominations and 22 foreign countries. It offers a wide variety of masters and doctoral degrees. Its masters degrees are offered on a full-time, residential model and provide students with a classical theological education, the opportunity for deep spiritual formation, and an emphasis on global engagement and practical training. Its faculty has an international reputation in the areas of biblical studies, ministry and theology. And besides from its main campus in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary also has an urban campus located in downtown Boston known as the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME), a campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, and an extension site located in Jacksonville, Florida.
The current president of Gordon-Conwell is Dennis Hollinger, a Christian Ethicist.
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) is one of the largest evangelical Christian seminaries in the world and the educational seminary of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). Located in Deerfield, Illinois, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School enrolls more than 1,200 graduate students in professional and academic programs, including more than 150 in its Ph.D programs. At the center of this school is the Master of Divinity program, preparing pastors, teachers, and missionaries for many kinds of service.
At present, Tite Tiénou is the Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the professor of Theology of Mission.
Located in Pasadena, California, Fuller Theological Seminary offers 20 degree programs at 9 campus locations – with Spanish, Korean, and online options – through Schools of Theology, Psychology, and Intercultural Studies as well as 15 centers, institutes, and initiatives. Arguably one of the largest and most diverse multidenominational seminaries in the world, Fuller Theological Seminary is known for its academic rigor and has more than 4,200 students from 70 countries and 100 denominations.
As of today, more than 40,000 Fuller alumni have been called to serve as ministers, counselors, teachers, artists, nonprofit leaders, businesspersons, and in a multitude of other kingdom vocations around the world. Some of the seminary’s famous alumni include Rick Warren, John Ortberg, John Piper, John Maxwell and Bill Bright (Founder, Campus Crusade for Christ).
Dr. Mark Labberton was named the president of Fuller Theological Seminary as of July 1, 2013. He is also the Lloyd John Ogilvie Professor of Preaching. He succeeded Richard John Mouw as the president of Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Mouw returned to teaching in the position of Professor of Faith and Public Life. Mouw came from a Reformed background and has a particular interest in the Calvinist concept of ‘common grace’. He is also committed to social justice and ecumenism. In 2006, a Los Angeles Times article labeled Richard Mouw as “one of the nation’s leading evangelicals”.
Founded in 1906, Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS) is an evangelical and ecumenical seminary located in Ashland, Ohio, with extension campuses located in Cleveland, Ohio, and Detroit Michigan. The core values of the Seminary are grounded in its Brethren heritage, which is derived from Anabaptism and Pietism. ATS is also part of the Graduate School of Ashland University, under the governance of the same Board of Trustees.
ATS integrates theological education with Christ-centered transformation as it equips men and women for ministry in the church and the world. ATS has graduated over 4,500 students and currently serving more than 800 students coming from more than 70 denominations and parachurch organizations and many different countries. ATS provides a continuum of educational opportunities that include certificate, diploma, master’s doctoral, and continuing education programs. These opportunities to serve the needs of both traditional students and other learners representing a variety of churches, para-church and secular settings.
In 2006, John Shultz became the president of Ashland Theological Seminary.