EQUIPPING CHURCH LEADERS WITH PRACTICAL, JUSTICE-MINDED TOOLS
Due to significant shifts in higher education, seminaries today are adapting to attract new audiences and to meet the ministry needs of today's church.
Speaking to the urgent need for new educational models, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is developing an online curriculum to equip church leaders with practical, justice-minded tools applicable in a variety of ministry settings and contexts.
JCSTS’ educational model is:
allowing learners to demonstrate new ministry-related skills at their own pace and in accordance with clearly defined outcomes.
offering certifications for ordained and non-ordained leaders in subjects that are critical for effective ministry in today's world.
creating peer-to-peer learning opportunities under the guidance of a coach/facilitator, often in conjunction with partner organizations.
providing resources, support, and coaching for groups of self-starters seeking skills in one or more of JCSTS’ primary program areas.
JCSTS students are referred to as learners, and faculty are referred to as learning partners to distinguish the seminary's new educational model and to help shape the seminary's communal, non-hierarchical philosophy. At JCSTS, the classroom is a community of learners where no one member is more important than the others.
Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary has chosen not to offer a Master of Divinity degree at this time.