- Master of Divinity – Fall 2019
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- Master of Arts: Concentration in Christian Ministry (20 courses/60 credit hours)
- Master of Arts: Concentration in Theological Studies (20 courses/60 credit hours)
- Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies (8 courses/24 credit hours)
New for the Fall of 2019: a Master of Divinity Program
We are excited to offer this new program for students who feel called to serve in pastoral ministry, and are committed to extend and deepen their formation in knowledge, character, and skill in preparation for faithful ministry.
Welcome to the CMU Graduate School of Theology and Ministry (GSTM)
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, 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 MB Biblical Seminary, partners with Steinbach Bible College in offering particular courses, and maintains important collegial connections with Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. In addition, 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?
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.