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Denominational Formation


John Imbler
Director of Ministerial Formation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

With Disciples regions, congregations, and the seminary working together, students are assured of receiving excellent preparation for ministerial service, both commissioned and ordained. Practical courses in ministry, including supervised field work, are coupled with a broad range of academic studies to ensure that graduates enjoy the fullest of educational experiences. 

Disciples ministerial formation complements the program of formal education by:

  •  coordinating on-campus Disciples activities
  •  providing required and elective denominational courses
  •  connecting students with regional offices for services and support
  •  assisting with the credentialing process in pursuit of ordination
  •  helping navigate denominational systems
  •  advising candidates on the Search and Call process for church-related employment
  •  introducing students to denominational events and programs

In addition, a variety of Disciples of Christ travel opportunities sponsored by the seminary and the church bring the history and the present of the denomination together in vital ways.

For more information on the denomination and its mission visit the Christian Church.


Imbler is the Special Assistant to the President and Stephen J. England Associate Professor of the History of Christianity & Disciples Studies at Phillips Theological Seminary.
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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