Christian Theological Seminary

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Christian Theological Seminary
Former names
Butler University School of Religion
Type Seminary
Established 1924
Affiliation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
President Matthew Myer Boulton
Location Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America
Campus Urban

Christian Theological Seminary is an ecumenical seminary related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and provides four degree-level education courses, three dual-degree programs, and a Doctor of Ministry program. 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).

Student groups[edit]

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, 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][edit]

Christian Theological Seminary offers four 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 Reinvented for fall semester 2015 to prepare students for the demands of modern pastoral life and faithful community leadership, including in parish ministry, many types of chaplaincy, agencies and nonprofits, for-profit social enterprises, mission work at home and abroad, further study in theology or related disciplines, and other forms of church and service-based vocations. It is the basic theological degree in preparation for ordination.

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Provides professional preparation for students from diverse backgrounds to practice counseling, care, and psychotherapy in a multicultural and pluralistic society with individuals, couples, groups and families. 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 people who want to undertake in-depth theological studies, culminating in writing a thesis. This degree is excellent preparation for doctoral studies.

Dual Degree Programs
Master of Divinity with Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Divinity with Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Master of Divinity with Master of Theological Studies

Doctor of Ministry The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree program at CTS is an advanced course of study for those engaged in professional ministry broadly understood. The program provides leaders with an opportunity to integrate their experience in ministry with advanced academic study and develop new skills for more effective ministry.

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.


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.[citation needed]


The Christian Theological Seminary Library[1] 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.[citation needed]

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