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Concordia Theological Seminary

Founded in 1846, Concordia Theological Seminary is a graduate school institution of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) whose central purpose is to prepare men for the pastoral ministry as well as men and women for other services in the church. The Seminary’s academic programs offers its students an understanding of the Christian faith that is Christ-centered, Biblically based, confessionally Lutheran and evangelically active. Students are taught by a distinguished faculty who are dedicated to equipping students to serve effectively in an ever-changing world. As a theologically conservative graduate institution, the Seminary emphasizes the study of the Bible and the Book of Concord and only ordains men for the ministry.

Both Concordia Theological Seminary and Concordia Seminary St. Louis are owned and operated by LCMS. Concordia Theological Seminary currently offers Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), and Doctor of Philosophy in Missiology.

Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr. is the current president of the Seminary and Professor of American Christianity and American Lutheranism.


Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Concordia Seminary exists to serve the Church and the world by providing theological education and leadership centered in the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ for the formation of pastors, deaconesses, missionaries, chaplains, and church leaders of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). The Seminary is owned and operated by the 2,300,000-member Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, and together with the Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois, it is the source of ministerial training for the LCMS. Since its inception, Concordia Seminary in St. Louis has provided more than 12,000 professional workers in the church.

Concordia Seminary is the second oldest Lutheran seminary. Moreover, it has been recognized for over a century as an important center for theological training for ministerial training and research. Concordia Seminary currently offers Master Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Sacred Theology, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Philosophy.

The current president of Concordia Seminary is Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer. He is also the Professor of Practical Theology.


Regent College

Founded in 1968, Regent College is a transdenominational graduate school of theology located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and is housed in a three-level building. The campus is on the farther side of Vancouver City, and the College is housed in a three-level building. Regent is affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is part of the consortium of theological schools on the UBC campus. Regent College is an evangelical school that seeks to cultivate intelligent, vigorous, and joyful commitment to Jesus Christ, His church and His world. Regent College also remains true to orthodox faith as recorded in the Scriptures.

Regent College currently offers four distinct graduate degree programs – Diploma in Christian Studies (DipCS), Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS), Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Theology (ThM). Some of the programs that fall under these concentrations include: Old Testament; Missions & Evangelism; New Testament; Biblical Studies; Marketplace Theology; Family & Community; and Church History. Today, over 600 students are enrolled in the Regent and coming from over 40 foreign countries and representing more than 30 denominations. Moreover, Regent College has produced more than 4,000 graduates and 17,000 former students worldwide.

Dr. Rod Wilson has served as the current president of Regent College since 2000. He is also the Professor of Counselling and Psychology.


Bethel Seminary – San Diego

Serving students in the southwestern United States, Bethel Seminary San Diego is situated on a beautiful campus in Southern California. Currently, the seminary occupies a 20,000 square-foot seminary building that house offices, classrooms, a student center and expanded library facilities with more than 80,000 volumes. Its 300 women and men represent a wide diversity of ages, cultures, vocations, and denominational backgrounds making the seminary experience valuable in ways beyond the classroom.

Although Bethel Seminary is affiliated with Converge Worldwide (Baptist General Conference), they also serve students from more than 50 other denominations. Dr. John R. Lillis is the Dean and Executive Officer of Bethel Seminary San Diego and has served in those positions since 2001. Under his leadership, enrollment has increased dramatically, the number of masters degrees offered has nearly doubled, and the school has added a doctoral degree program.


Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary – Boston Campus

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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)

More information about the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Master of Divinity Program.


Columbia International University Seminary & School of Ministry

Founded in 1923, Columbia International University (CIU) is a multidenominational higher education institution that exists for the purpose of educating people from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Jesus Christ. In its residential programs, CIU serves students from more than 40 states and more than 30 foreign countries coming from more than 50 church denominations. To date, CU has over 17,000 alumni ministering in over 150 countries around the world.

The schools of CIU’s university division, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Counseling, the College of Intercultural Studies and the Seminary & School of Ministry, offer postsecondary degree programs ranging from Associate of Arts to Doctor of Ministry. The CIU Seminary & School of Ministry (SSM) offers undergraduate majors related primarily to church ministry and graduate degrees related primarily to ministry leadership. At both levels, the faculty seeks to equip Great Commission Christians for ministry in multi-cultural communities.

Dr. William H. Jones currently serves as the president of Columbia International University.