Discern the Path to Your Calling.
At The Seattle School, we know the future of the church is drastically different than the church of the past. That’s why we’ve designed a Master of Divinity program that is shaping theological leaders for the new landscape. The Seattle School takes an integrative approach to education: academic rigor combined with practical application and personal engagement. Our goal is to prepare people to be transformational – to further their own personal transformation, and to integrate that transformation with awareness and skill, so as to make a seismic impact for the Kingdom in the world.
The Seattle School had the new parish in mind when it designed the Master of Divinity. Multi-denominational, interdisciplinary, progressive, and flexible, The Seattle School MDiv is a pioneering program designed to train you for the church that is and is coming, not the church that was. Where many MDiv programs focus on knowing what it is to pastor, The Seattle School MDiv will holistically train you to know, be, and do the work of pastoring in this ever-changing cultural landscape.
Scroll on and explore some of the pathways our graduates have taken with their Master of Divinity.
For those who are seeking ordination or to serve within church leadership.
Offer hope and grace in places that are in great need.
Prepare yourself for further study.
Invest in the Kingdom of God within your own neighborhood
Discover ways to step into the cultural divide.
Learn to breathe new life into dying churches.
Where Will The Seattle School MDiv Take You?
Many MDiv students come to The Seattle School with the goal of stepping into an established church organization or denomination. And The Seattle School works to help these students succeed in their goal. As The Seattle School has grown as an interdenominational organization, a number of students from varying backgrounds have graduated and received ordination from their specific denomination. The Seattle School has partnered with many denominations to create a more seamless experience as well as allowing students to incorporate required ordination classes not offered through our MDiv from other seminaries. This flexibility means that even more stringent denominations have ordained our unique and gifted students.
Our students have completed field experience at dozens of ministry settings and many have gone on to receive ordination from a variety of denominations, including:
Alumnae Meredith Dancause
Adult Life Pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church
Having emotional and therapeutic intelligence allows you to be a healing presence in the midst of the complex issues such as disease, death, war, and imprisonment. The Seattle School uniquely prepares chaplains to enter into relationship with those that are impacted by these difficult issues.
Students learn to journey with others through dark and unknown places with an authentic presence and deep compassion. They are able to hold both grief and joy, fear and hope. The skills and training necessary to be a chaplain are central in the MDiv program – you will graduate knowing your story in order to help others step into their own story.
Clinical Pastoral Education Credits – Seattle School students desiring CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) credentials can complete their training during their enrollment in the MDiv program at any Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) approved sites.
The Seattle School curriculum is interdisciplinary at its core and our MDiv program naturally includes substantial coursework in the realm of counseling psychology and cultural studies. Coursework that is especially helpful for chaplaincy candidates are:
Alumnae Kate Sweet
Spiritual Care Resident at Harborview Medical Center
The MDiv at The Seattle School emphasizes praxis rooted in critical thought. Students are put through the rigors and challenges of academic study. Our commitment to a thorough education is evident by our student’s ability to engage in deep theological dialogue with curiosity. Students are set up to continue their academic plans through the DMin or PhD programs of their choice.
The Integrative Project serves as a capstone that articulates theological work around your specific field of study and sets you up to graduate as a life-long learner around your particular passions and calling. MDiv students interested in further education use their Integrative Project to discern which academic direction they will go in.
Alumnae Kj Swanson
PhD Candidate at University of St Andrews
At The Seattle School, we imagine the role of the pastor going beyond the walls of the church and into the community that surrounds them. We are developing social architects – women and men who are embodying the gospel mission of loving your neighbor. This focus gives students a context to develop their theology rather than simply working in the abstract.
The MDiv trains you to be a partner and collaborator with those already doing restorative work in your neighborhood. As the lines between church parish and neighborhood blur, pastors begin to discover a richer, more complex setting for the Kingdom of God to manifest. Alumni who step into their calling for neighborhood renewal move beyond spiritual leaders. They inhabit their location through community advocacy, green practices, local business growth, or even through community gardens and potluck dinners.
Alumnus Andrew Carlson
Pastor of Liturgy for Awake Church
While many MDiv graduates are called to start new church experiences, others are called back into churches that need renewal and revitalization. Our MDiv program cultivates an artistic creativity for future-pastors to reimagine what it means to be the church, while still holding on to the traditions and cultural values of the church community.
As Seattle School pastors breath new life into often dying contexts, they do so with a missional focus. Because our program cultivates a rich sense of cultural awareness, our MDiv graduates are able to do the work of church revitalization with wisdom, humility, and radical hospitality.
Rachael Clinton is the Admissions Counselor for Theological Programs at The Seattle School and an MDiv alumnae. She's here to help you learn more about the ways The Seattle School Master of Divinity resonates with your vocational hopes and calling and to be a support to your discernment process.
The Seattle School Master of Divinity degree emerges from the belief that theology is alive only as it is lived in community. Graduates are sent out with a missional and reimagined vision for the church, serving as provocateurs of change in their neighbors and communities. Explore some of the pathways our graduates have taken with their Master of Divinity.
The Seattle School is currently accepting students for Fall 2013. Join a cohort of 100 students and gain a transformative education that will prepare you for the future of the church. Complete the form below or call The Seattle School to learn more.
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