Christian Theological Seminary
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (March 2008)|
|Christian Theological Seminary|
|Religious affiliation||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)|
|President||Matthew Myer Boulton|
|Location||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America|
|Former names||Butler University School of Religion|
Christian Theological Seminary is an ecumenical seminary related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and provides eight degree-level education courses. While the seminary is related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), students from a variety of religious traditions—including Methodist, Episcopal, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Catholic, and Orthodox—attend the school.
The current president of the seminary is the Rev. Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton, a professor of theology who has previously taught at Harvard Divinity School. Boulton is also an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The Student Association represents the entire student body and provides member to committees of the faculty, administration, and trustees. Other groups include Black Student Caucus, Hispanic/Latino(a) Association, Affinity representing LGBT students and allies, and the Social Justice Group. In addition, there are several student unofficial groups meeting regularly for prayer, fellowship, and health promotion.
Degree Programs[clarification needed]
Christian Theological Seminary offers five graduate degree programs, three joint degree programs and one doctoral program with three areas of specialization. These comprehensive degree programs provide professional and theological preparation for vocational callings ranging from ordination and lay ministry to professional careers in counseling and family therapy.
Master of Divinity Designed to prepare students for: parish ministry; graduate study in theology or related disciplines; various types of chaplaincy; mission work at home and abroad; and other forms of church vocation. It is the basic theological degree in preparation for ordination.
Master of Arts in Multicultural Christian Education A two year professional degree that integrates theological reflection, congregational studies, supervised field education and cross-cultural experiences for effective educational leadership in culturally diverse settings. Designed for lay women and men who seek to work professionally in the church, and for those already engaged in ministry who wish to build upon their competencies.
Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling Provides professional and theological preparation for pastoral counselors and pastoral care specialists. The MAMHC degree meets academic requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana and many other states.
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Provides theological and professional preparation in marriage and family therapy. The program is one of two accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. It is approved by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and the MAMFT degree meets State of Indiana academic requirements for licensing of marriage and family therapists.
Master of Theological Studies For persons who want to undertake in-depth theological studies, leading to the writing of a thesis. This degree may serve as preparation for doctoral studies.
Dual Degree Programs Master of Divinity with Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Master of Divinity with Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Master of Divinity with Master of Theological Studies
Masters of Divinity with Master of Arts in Multicultural Christian Education
The Hispanic Summer Program The Hispanic Summer Program (HSP) is held each year at one of several seminaries that sponsor this intensive two-week program. Hispanic/Latino students and bilingual students who are interested in Hispanic ministries may enroll for a maximum of two courses per summer, for two credits each, toward a CTS degree. Instruction is in Spanish and English, covers a wide range of the theological curriculum, and focuses on the Hispanic/Latino church and Hispanic ministries within multicultural settings. Financial assistance for travel, housing, and tuition is provided by sponsoring institutions. For more information on course offerings and registration, please contact Matt Schlimgen.
Doctor of Ministry The Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care program includes concentrations in:
supervised congregational ministry, spiritual direction, and clinical pastoral education (CPE)
The Doctor of Ministry in Mental Health Counseling program prepares pastoral mental health counselors for licensure.
The Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family Therapy program gives graduates eligibility for licensure.
Christian Theological Seminary is located at 1000 West 42nd Street in Indianapolis, Indiana. The seminary is centrally located within Indianapolis and is within walking distance of Butler University and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
The Christian Theological Seminary Library contains more than 210,000 volumes as well as over 1,300 current periodical subscriptions. There are also microfilms, audio-visuals, manuscripts, and special materials on the Restoration movement for your use. All of these materials are listed in the computer catalog. The CTS Library is also home to the Congregational Resource Center, a resource library that contains videos, curriculum, denominational resources, and Vacation Bible School resources that are available for loan by pastors and leaders of local congregations.
Over the years, the seminary has had several grants from the Lilly Endowment including: Disciples House for Youth; Indiana Camp Ministries Project; Indiana Clergy Peer Group Study Program; and the Faith, Wealth, and Community Leadership Program.