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Handcrafted Education

Dear Supporters:

  • When tragedy befalls your family, our nation, or somewhere in the world and we wonder why, how could it, what does it mean—the quality of education for ministry matters.
  • When a congregation has to make hard choices—about mission and vision, about moving or staying or closing—the quality of education for ministry matters.
  • When you’re looking for spiritual help to make it through the week at work or home, the quality of education for ministry matters.

Imagine listening to the Chicago Symphony. You’d be shocked if the musicians played on toys or if their highest level of music education was high school. You expect to hear quality instruments in the hands of very well-educated professionals.  As is the case with a high quality orchestral performance, a high quality education for ministry does not come cheaply.

The church needs what graduate theological education offers. During their studies at Phillips, students learn how to engage responsibly and creatively with biblical texts, how to use history to understand the present, how to think theologically about everyday life, and how to bridge between a congregation and its community context. In short, our students learn to address the huge questions surrounding the shape Christianity will take in the future.

Speaking figuratively: Christ’s mission needs more than a moderately educated orchestra playing toy instruments! Christ’s mission requires the best educated leaders playing with handcrafted instruments.

Thank you for being an investor in the handcrafted education offered by Phillips Theological Seminary.  I ask you to consider making a gift, at a level generous for you, before June 30th.



Gary Peluso-Verdend, President

P.S.  You can take this opportunity to honor two retiring professors, Dr. John Imbler and Dr. Brandon Scott, for the handcrafted education they have provided Phillips’ students.

Click here to give online. 


Phillips offers Christian graduate theological education in service of intelligent, just, and
compassionate religious and civic communities. We welcome students to a safe space for truth-seeking conversations about the Bible, Jesus, and faithful living. Courses are available on campus and online for certificate, diploma, MDiv, MAMC, and MTS programs, and on campus for the DMin program.

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