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REDEFINE CALLING

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REDEFINE CALLING

All of us are called to some form of ministry, but figuring out how to embody your calling can be a challenge, especially in our ever-changing world. At Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, we help students think creatively about their calling, so that they can transform the world—which is why our graduates serve in such a wide variety of settings. Whether you are discerning your call through rigorous studies in the classroom, engaging your spiritual gifts in one of our many unique field placements, or simply bouncing ideas off of friends over dinner, you will have plenty of opportunities to hear the Spirit’s calling and then act on it.

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REDEFINE MINISTRY

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REDEFINE MINISTRY

While it may come with a job description, we know that ministry is anything but just a job. It's a way of embodied living that reflects and shares the light, love, and grace of God in everything you do. Our alums redefine ministry through serving God and neighbor in a wide variety of vocational settings, both inside and outside of the local church.

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REDEFINE EVANGELICAL

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REDEFINE EVANGELICAL

What does it mean that we are Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary? It means we actively resist disconnecting our evangelical commitment and prophetic participation in society, as we seek to teach, learn, embody, and declare the good news. Believing that love of God is always linked to love of neighbor, we are committed to seeking justice and renewal for all. It means we are born out of the merger of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church which formed The United Methodist Church in 1968. It means we embody the best of progressive and evangelical values to prepare you for a variety of ministry settings to meet the needs of our world.

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REDEFINE SEMINARY

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REDEFINE SEMINARY

Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary serves the church and the world by preparing public theologians and scholars. We equip our students to proclaim the good news of the gospel, to foster deep spirituality in the lives of others, to serve with cultural competence and commitment to racial equity, and to lead transformative change for the wellbeing of all persons and creation. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, we offer rigorous, intellectually challenging academics paired with a commitment to intentional spiritual formation that trains the mind, body, and spirit.

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8 : 1
student/faculty ratio
13
countries represented in student body
35
denominations in student body
69%
of students are Methodist
8
degree programs offered
14
Master of Divinity concentrations
5
Doctor of Ministry tracks
6
Doctor of Philosophy concentrations
30
faculty members
Jasmine Jackson, African American woman, Mdiv Student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
At Garrett-Evangelical, I have also been empowered to redefine my calling, defining what that means for me! There is no "cookie-cutter" model, and daily, the work of the seminary helps to me to pursue the path best suited for me.
Christopher Hunt, African American man, Ph.D. student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
In the end, I chose Garrett-Evangelical because of the strength of its theology faculty. Any institution that could boast of having Drs. Nancy Bedford, Stephen Ray and Anne Joh all on the same faculty was an institution worth attending! I was fortunate to have been picked for our highly competitive program.

Financial Aid

Garrett-Evangelical is committed to supporting you with a financial aid package that recognizes your academic ability, background, and need. Generous support from the seminary's alumni/ae and friends allows us to support you in this community act of Christian stewardship. Each year, we give over $2.5 million in scholarships with scholarships ranging from 25%-100% tuition with stipends.

Student Life

Community at Garrett-Evangelical is basic to seminary formation. Classrooms of hospitality, a dynamic worship life during the week, covenant groups, prayer circles, community meals, and student-organized events are a key part of understanding and experiencing the formation of Christian community. Through coursework, academic advising, rich conversation, and community experiences, you will be nurtured and empowered to fulfill God’s call and claim on your life.