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:
- cultivate understanding and wisdom of joyful commitment to Jesus Christ, the church, and God’s world
- explore and deepen faith through extensive Biblical and Theological study as an expression of love of God and for the good of the mission and health of the church
- be supported and mentored in discerning God’s vocational call while preparing for or alongside:
- a life of Christian ministry, whether within and beyond church congregations, and/or
- a life of Christian citizenship as a scholar or through widely ranging vocational paths
- engage the Anabaptist tradition as well as the broader Christian story, together with students coming from a diverse spectrum of Christians traditions, geographic places, and life experiences
Programs are available for full-time or part-time study towards an MA (Theology or Church Ministry), a Graduate Certificate, or as individual courses.
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?
- We’re convinced that context matters! CMU is committed to theological leadership training and pastoral formation in Canada for a global church, and to preparing individuals along a wide range of vocational paths including counselling, chaplaincy, scholarship and teaching. Opening students to active engagement in the world through Canadian ministry and mission settings is vital for leadership formation. Canadian churches are confronting opportunities and challenges related to inter-faith relationships and evangelism, indigenous reconciliation, immigration and refugees, economic disparity and the impact of an increasingly secular society –alongside significantly changed institutional and denominational structures. It’s important that we prepare thoughtful and entrepreneurial leaders with foundational Biblical and Theological tools to engage these unique realities.
- Being formed within a Christian university setting matters. Theological education touches every dimension of reality and engaging the various disciplines is a key aspect of our task. Indeed, the church needs leaders with integrative insight and wisdom as they encounter the complexities and opportunities of life and ministry. Theological education on a university campus opens unique possibilities for inter-disciplinary learning in the arts, humanities and sciences and which deepen theological reflection and ministry engagement. Students in the GSTM have access to graduate courses offered through other CMU programs including the MA in Peace and Collaborative Development (http://www.cmu.ca/academics.php?s=ma_pcd) and the Canadian School of Peacebuilding (http://csop.cmu.ca/).
- CMU’s commitment to undergraduate Biblical Studies and Theological formation also provides a significant gift to the church. All CMU undergraduate students incorporate Biblical and Theological studies regardless of their program major or focus. Altogether, this is a university community committed to learning and living with faith.
- Theological Learning for Diverse Vocational Paths: Studying here is for theologians and pastors, and also for doctors, teachers, business persons and lay-leaders; for those transitioning into ministry from other vocational paths; and for diverse, curious, questioning, faith-seekers. The GSTM is committed to in-depth Biblical and Theological engagement for the whole people of God. This is a place in which Christians pursuing many life-paths can discern vocational clarity and a role within the church and society.
- Pastoral Leadership Formation: Through programs, courses and guided pastoral formation the GSTM is committed particularly to students exploring a call to formal pastoral ministry. Opening students to real life, practical ministry realities is critical. Annually the GSTM offers 6-8 courses addressing essential pastoral formation skills and aptitudes.
- Centre for Faith and Life: Student experience in GSTM courses is also enriched through the CMU Centre for Faith and Life, which in 2017-2018 will offer 5 unique workshops for pastors and ministry leaders to deepen skills essential to effective ministry. Go to http://www.cmu.ca/community.php?s=cfl&p=pastorsworkshops for information.
- CMU is a university rooted within Anabaptist Christian faith commitments and welcomes a broad diversity of students seeking to integrate learning and faith.
- Students in the GSTM reflect a diverse community comprised of various streams of the Mennonite -Anabaptist family studying together with students from evangelical, non-denominational and mainline church traditions. This diversity of students stimulates class discussions, challenges thinking and exposes students to a breadth of cross-cultural and denominational understandings and perspectives.
- Students in the GSTM learn from and form relationships with respected academics who bring significant teaching experience, scholarship and publishing, and broad experience in the church and its mission in Canada and Internationally. The Graduate School of Theology and Ministry is served by 9 Biblical and Theological Studies faculty with specializations in Bible, History of Christianity, Theology and Ethics, Spirituality and Ministry Studies.
- Paul Doerksen, Associate Professor of Theology and Anabaptist Studies
- Irma Fast Dueck, Associate Professor of Practical Theology
- Andrew Dyck, Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies
- Pierre Gilbert, Associate Professor of Bible and Theology
- Chris Huebner, Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy
- Karl Koop, Professor of History and Theology
- Dan Epp-Tiessen, Associate Professor of Bible
- Sheila Klassen Wiebe, Associate Professor of New Testament
- Gordon Zerbe, Professor of New Testament
- Go to http://www.cmu.ca/academics.php?s=gstm&p=faculty to learn more about our faculty, their ministry engagement and their scholarship and publishing.
- Mentoring and support: Students come to graduate education with various educational histories and a wide range of vocational and personal goals. Every student is assigned a faculty advisor to work with in designing a program that helps them fulfil her or his educational objectives.
- Contact us! If you’re curious and want to know more, contact Karl Koop, the Director of the GSTM (KKoop@cmu.ca). Karl is most willing to describe the program in greater detail and is very open to discuss student options and pathways.
- In addition the GSTM invites a range of visiting scholars who bring particular specialties to deepen the learning experience of students. Included among those who have taught or will be teaching within the GSTM are the following:
- Dr. Gloria Woodland, Assistant Professor of Chaplaincy Studies and Spiritual Care (Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Canada)
- Dr. Arley Loewen (affiliated with Steinbach Bible College) focusing on leadership training and missions in Middle Eastern and Central Asian cultural contexts
- Dr. Fernando Enns, Director of the Institute for Peace Church Theology, University of Hamburg, Germany and Director of the Amsterdam Center for Religion and Peace and Justice Studies.
- Dr. Carol Penner Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Conrad Grebel University College and teaching in the area of gender and violence
- Dr. Gil Dueck, Academic Dean at Columbia Bible College, exploring new paradigms for understanding young adult faith transitions
- Dr. Jonathan Bonk, Executive Director Emeritus of the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven focusing on missions
- Degrees and Concentrations: Teaching within the GSTM is rigorous and stimulating. Each of GSTM’s programs orient formation within a Christian-Anabaptist context as students seek to invigorate the traditions they represent. All of the academic programs are flexible, allowing students to give attention to their interests and professional pursuits. Students may choose from the following two MA concentrations and one Certificate program for in-depth Biblical and Theological engagement.
- Master of Arts: Concentration in Christian Ministry
- For students who feel called to serve in pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, missions or in a para-church organization.
- This concentration is integrated with ministry practice and a supervised practicum in a Canadian congregational setting – key to effective pastoral formation.
- Master of Arts: Concentration in Theological Studies
- For students preparing for various types of church ministry, including pastoral roles or para-church careers; who are working or planning to work in various professions; or who are pursuing an academic path.
- Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies
- A flexible, one-year Certificate program allowing students to study at their own pace and affording them the choice of 50% of their courses tailored to meet their learning and ministry needs.
- For students taking a sabbatical leave to reflect on their vocation or ministry and for those who want to deepen their understanding of theology and faith.
- All credits earned in this Certificate can be transferred to either an MA in Christian Ministry or Theological Studies.
- You may earn an MA in Christian Ministry or Theological Studies through either full or part time study, and even if you cannot move to Winnipeg. GSTM programming is available through a unique combination of on-site, distance (live-stream) and intensive courses
- 2017-2018 Intensive, short courses (one week or weekend options)
- War and Divine Violence in the Bible
- Gospel of John in Middle Eastern Perspective
- Practices, Rituals and the Christian Imagination
- Issues in Congregational Leadership
- Issues in Peace and Justice
- 2017-2018 Live-Streamed courses
- Spiritual Formation
- Reading Christian Classics
- War and Divine Violence in the Bible
- CMU is committed to a quality learning experience at an affordable tuition cost. Students should be aware that the average seminary tuition cost in Canada is $1300 for each 3 credit hour course (calculated using 17-18 tuition from 5 leading Canadian seminaries). CMU’s 17-18 Graduate tuition is approximately 40% less than this average, with GSTM tuition for 2017-2018 being $762 for each 3 credit hour course.
- In addition GSTM students should check out a generous package of bursaries and scholarships intended to support their studies.
- Go to http://www.cmu.ca/academics.php?s=gstm&p=scholarships for more.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- We gather regularly to worship, to celebrate the Lord's Supper, and to hear the Word of God in a spirit of mutual accountability.
- 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.
- 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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