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Cultivating vital communities,
vital conversations, and the public good.

The Revised MDiv Degree attends to education for ministry that involves both process and content through the following commitments:

  1. Commitment to preparing leaders equipped to create/sustain/nurture vital communities that are following the way of Jesus:  Leaders of these communities need to attend carefully to the rich diversity of the Scriptures, the complexity of church histories and the continuing work of Christian theologies.  From the study of these disciplines, skilled leaders help their communities understand the continual reshaping of Christian identity that has occurred across time and that continues in our own time.

  2. Commitment to teaching and learning the skills for vital conversations: Leaders attentive to the depth and variety of human experiences and questions in the midst of the community need to attend more carefully than ever to the arts of preaching and leading the community in prayer and worship, to the practices of care in the community (and outside), and to the negotiation of conflicts that is part of the life of faith in community.

  3. Commitment to the public good: Leaders of vital communities seek to enrich the faith community’s engagement with the most vital elements of cultural expression—in the arts and in the humanities (and the social sciences)—while also inviting the community to pursue the haunting question of the gospels:  ‘who is my neighbor?’   Leaders attentive to this dimension of vital communities will explore through immersion experiences as well as through a breadth of reading and conversation how deeper engagement with the suffering of our world and the pursuit of social justice can help communities of faith understand and affirm their transformative contributions to public life.

The following values inform the Revised MDiv Degree Design:

  1. Collegial—a curriculum that values collegiality among faculty, students and practitioners who are formally invited into the program at various points

  2. Collaborative—a curriculum where faculty work together across areas of study; a curriculum that also encourages collaboration among students and practitioners

  3. Academic/Critical—a curriculum that encourages critical inquiry and reflection and academic rigor and excellence

  4. Practice-based—a curriculum that recognizes even now that most of our students are engaged in some form of social service or ministry and enabling them to draw upon that experience even more fully in their seminary work

  5. Integrative and Coherent—a curriculum where every course builds on previous courses without too much redundancy with respect to previous classes and the portal classes

  6. Flexible—a curriculum built to accommodate changes in faculty make-up, student interests and schedules, and the ever-changing nature of faith communities

  7. Committed to Diversity—a curriculum in which students will have opportunity to engage with a variety of cultural/social/theological diversities in order to participate and to lead communities in participating in the work of justice, compassion and shalom for all people

  8. Transformative—a curriculum which will offer students opportunity to grow more deeply in their understanding of the way of Jesus and to lead communities to respond with integrity to their own understanding of that way and to the changing cultural landscapes of their settings.

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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