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Graduate School of Theology and Ministry

Welcome to the CMU Graduate School of Theology and Ministry (GSTM)

The GSTM is a CMU treasure, providing seminary education and a learning community through programs available on campus and at a distance. Centred in the story of God's creating and transforming work through Jesus Christ, the GSTM seeks God’s vision of shalom and reconciliation through Jesus Christ. Here students are nurtured in their call to ministry into ecumenically diverse church congregations and church-related ministries and agencies, and in a range of vocational and academic paths. In the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry students will:

Programs are available for full-time or part-time study towards an MA (Theology or Church Ministry), a Graduate Certificate, or as individual courses.

 

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Cheryl Pauls
President, CMU

 

Affiliations and Partnerships

The Graduate School of Theology and Ministry holds an affiliation agreement with Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, partners with Steinbach Bible College in offering particular courses, and maintains important collegial connections with Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. In addition the GSTM is active within various ecumenical efforts in theological education in Winnipeg and across the province of Manitoba.

The Graduate School of Theology and Ministry is guided uniquely by an Advisory Council with representatives from national and provincial church bodies including Mennonite Church Canada, the Canadian Mennonite Brethren Church, the Christian Mennonite Conference, the Evangelical Mennonite Conference, the Evangelical Mennonite Missionary Conference, the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba, and Mennonite Church Manitoba. Collectively these bodies share a vision of theological education and seminary learning that is both Anabaptist and ecumenical in its welcome of students.

 

Why Study Here?

 

Theological Convictions

The Shared Convictions of Mennonite World Conference* is a formal statement through which CMU’s mission is given expression and which connects the GSTM’s work with Anabaptist/Mennonite bodies world-wide.

By the grace of God, we seek to live and proclaim the good news of reconciliation in Jesus Christ. As part of the one body of Christ at all times and places, we hold the following to be central to our belief and practice:

  1. God is known to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Creator who seeks to restore fallen humanity by calling a people to be faithful in fellowship, worship, service, and witness.
  2. Jesus is the Son of God. Through his life and teachings, his cross and resurrection, he showed us how to be faithful disciples, redeemed the world, and offers eternal life.
  3. As a church, we are a community of those whom God's Spirit calls to turn from sin, acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, receive baptism upon confession of faith, and follow Christ in life.
  4. As a faith community, we accept the Bible as our authority for faith and life, interpreting it together under Holy Spirit guidance, in the light of Jesus Christ to discern God's will for our obedience.
  5. The Spirit of Jesus empowers us to trust God in all areas of life so we become peacemakers who renounce violence, love our enemies, seek justice, and share our possessions with those in need.
  6. We gather regularly to worship, to celebrate the Lord's Supper, and to hear the Word of God in a spirit of mutual accountability.
  7. As a world-wide community of faith and life we transcend boundaries of nationality, race, class, gender and language. We seek to live in the world without conforming to the powers of evil, witnessing to God's grace by serving others, caring for creation, and inviting all people to know Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
  8. In these convictions we draw inspiration from Anabaptist forebears of the 16th century, who modeled radical discipleship to Jesus Christ. We seek to walk in his name by the power of the Holy Spirit, as we confidently await Christ's return and the final fulfillment of God's kingdom.

Adopted by Mennonite World Conference
General Council, March 15, 2006

*Mennonite World Conference consists of the majority of the global Christian churches rooted in the 16th century Radical Reformation in Europe, particularly in the Anabaptist movement. MWC membership in 2015 included over 100 Mennonite and Brethren in Christ national church conferences from 56 countries.

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