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School of Theology and Christian Ministry
Carl Leth, Ph.D., Dean
The mission of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry is to educate for ministry within the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition, preparing clergy and laity for service to church and community, and facilitating their personal spiritual development.
The School contributes to the general education of all students by providing a basic understanding of how to interpret the Bible and to think through the theology of Christian faith in order to provide an adequate intellectual basis for spiritual growth and ethical decision making, seeking to provide opportunities for spiritual formation and practical expressions of Christian commitment.
The School enables those desiring to prepare for professional ministry or graduate studies to gain entry-level knowledge and skills in the areas of Biblical studies, theology, philosophy, history of Christianity, and practices, including Christian education and spiritual formation. While students of other ecclesiastical backgrounds are welcomed, Olivet is an educational institution of the Church of the Nazarene, and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry intentionally designs programs to meet the ordination requirements of that denomination.
The School, in cooperation with the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, provides graduate programs to enable those who are preparing for professional ministry or further graduate study and ministers who wish to continue their education, to engage in advanced study of religion and ministry.
The objectives are practical as well as theoretical in scope and relate to the mission of both the School and the University. Students will: