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Denominational Formation

In a world swirling with change, leaders need to know not only how to do ministry but how to think about ministry in order that they can change and lead change. Graduate preparation for such ministry entails a complex combination of:

  • content

  • critical reflection skills

  • imagination

  • courage

  • practice of the leadership skills

  • denominational and ministerial formation

At Phillips Theological Seminary, ministerial formation goes hand-in-hand with ecumenical theological education. We could not fulfill our mission without strong church partnerships. Dozens of congregations provide teaching and learning contexts for students. Particular partnerships developed with the following enable us to educate church leaders who both know the mission and work of the ecumenical church as well as the traditions and practices of their own denominations:

In partnership with these denominations' ordination committees, Phillips has identified formation directors. Each director is prepared to assist students regarding requirements for ordination, denominational history and polity, and denominational services and programs.

Denomination
Formation Director
Christian Church (DOC)
John Imbler
United Methodist Church
Ellen Blue
United Church of Christ
Richard Ward
Presbyterian Church
Todd Freeman
Evangelical Lutheran
Fred Schoenhals
Baptist John Thomas
Unitarian Universalist
Ron Robinson

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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