Garrett-Evangelical News

MDiv Plus Launches as Graduates Begin 3-Year Leadership Development Program

EVANSTON, Ill., July 2010 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary launches its innovative MDiv Plus this summer and fall as 2010 graduates take advantage of the program designed to help them form strong leadership and management skills in the early years of their ministry. It is the first and only program of its kind among U.S. seminaries.

MDiv Plus

Recognizing that the most difficult time for clergy comes immediately following seminary graduation, Garrett-Evangelical has made a commitment through MDiv Plus to help its graduates with customized support for the first three years of their professional careers. It offers leadership and management education and one-on-one coaching focusing on topics and issues crucial to becoming successful clergy.

MDiv Plus features two core components:

  • The Garrett-Kellogg Leadership Certification is an executive education program organized around six seminars, one each fall and spring over three years. The seminars are a collaboration between the seminary and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. They will be at held Kellogg facilities and taught by faculty from Garrett-Evangelical and Kellogg’s Nonprofit Management Program. Seminars will integrate leadership and management principles with theological reflection.
  • The one-on-one coaching component pairs graduates with certified coaches who are effective and experienced  clergy. Graduates will have access to 30 hours of coaching according to their needs over three years. Coaches have successfully completed a Clergy Coach Training Program developed by Garrett-Evangelical and Samaritan Consulting Services, a division of Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center in Naperville.

The program is not required, but offered as an optional post-graduate opportunity for those who received master of divinity degrees at the May commencement. Each year MDiv graduates will have the option to enroll.

“We hear the church, and we are going to do our best to prepare highly regarded, effective spiritual leaders for a church and a world under a great deal of stress," said Dr. Philip A. Amerson, Garrett-Evangelical president. "And we hear the students. We are not going to abandon them after they graduate."

MDiv Plus provides an opportunity for Garrett-Evangelical to work with ordaining bodies to ensure concerns about candidates are addressed before ordination. For example, each annual conference in The United Methodist Church provides programs to help new clergy. But these programs cannot address all needs of beginning clergy. That's where Garrett-Evangelical steps in with M DIV Plus, providing the connective tissue that links graduate, church, annual conference and seminary.

"Our foundation is the same biblical and Wesleyan theological principles underlying the United Methodist Ministry Preparation Process and, therefore, has a deeply complementary integrity,” said the Rev. James Haun, Garrett-Evangelical Director of Church Leadership Development and MDiv Plus. We are excited about what has emerged and eager to put it into practice."

Garrett-Evangelical, founded in 1853, is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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