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Denominational Formation


Ellen Blue
Director of Ministerial Formation United Methodist Church

Phillips Theological Seminary University Senate-approved seminary for training and forming United Methodist clergy.  Students desiring elder's orders are encouraged to seek the MDiv degree.  Some students pursuing deacon’s orders meet their educational requirements with our MAMC degree.  A candidate’s chosen specialty and prior graduate-level study help determine how Phillips can best meet their educational needs. Students not seeking ordination are also welcome to consult with the Ministerial Formation Director for assistance.

United Methodist ministerial formation complements regular Phillips course work and field supervision by:

  • providing required and elective denominational courses (UM History, UM Polity, UM Doctrine, Evangelism, etc.);

  • mentoring United Methodist students in their discernment of call, as well as their progress through ordination or certification;

  • hosting denominational visitors such as District Superintendents and Boards of Ordained Ministry representatives from various Annual Conferences;

  • communicating denominational information relevant to students and their ministries, including loan and scholarship opportunities (see the UMC bulletin board in the student commons);

  • supporting a sense of community among United Methodist students at Phillips; and

  • presenting United Methodist-related awards and recognitions to Phillips students.

For specific information on ordination requirements or on loans and scholarships, please familiarize yourself with the website of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Visit the United Methodist Church for more information on the denomination and its mission.


Blue is the Mouzon Biggs, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity & United Methodist 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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