Through a shared program of educational offerings, United and Luther Seminary provide students deeper formation for leadership in the United Methodist Church, as well as other Methodist traditions present at the two schools, such as the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME). For students seeking ordination, there may be additional requirements to fulfill. Please contact your conference office.
- Degree requirement (student must take the following course for their core degree requirements)
- Worship of the Church CL330 (3 cr)
- Concentration courses
- United Methodist Church History and Doctrine IC2624 (3 cr – bi-annually at Luther)
- One history and polity course: (3 cr)
- UMC students: United Methodist History and Polity CH320 (bi-annually at United)
- AME students: African Methodist Episcopal Church History and Polity IC2641 (every third year at Luther)
- Students from other Methodist traditions: Directed study in the history and polity of their particular tradition
- Elective courses
- One evangelism course (3 cr)
- One elective in Leadership for a Vital Church in the Contemporary World (3 cr)
At United you will find additional features of the M.Div. degree program that work together to promote United Methodist formation in UMC students:
The United Methodist Center
The United Methodist Center provides United Methodists students with many special offerings, including an advisor to all incoming United Methodists students who is ordained in the The United Methodist Church; a faculty member who is a professor in the practice of leadership and Wesleyan spirituality; the opportunity for United Methodist students to lead community worship chapel services at least once a month; and regular meetings and events with United Methodist conference bishops, clergy and special guests, United Methodist alums, and fellow United Methodist students.
Contextual Studies placements
Students are required to take two field placements as part of their Contextual Studies requirement. At least one must be in a parish setting, and both may be. UMC students can be placed in United Methodist churches.
The co-curricular environment supporting United Methodist formation at United offers various activities that create a broader environment of United Methodist formation.
United Methodist community worship
United holds midday Community Worship chapel services twice a week. These are mostly services of midday prayer with occasional Eucharistic services and are held on the heaviest class days so they are accessible to the greatest number of students. United has a full complement of copies of The United Methodist Hymnal, as well as the supplement “The Faith We Sing,” which are used regularly. United Methodist students and faculty lead worship in the United Methodist tradition at least once a month.
United Methodist Seminar
The United Methodist Seminar meets six times per academic year. Students share in worship, lunch and a discussion of themes proposed by the collaborative planning team and input from students. Programs to be shared include a presentation on the Standards of Ministry, a visit with the bishop and a session on boundaries. The purpose of the seminar is to connect United Methodist students with others in the denomination and share connections, resources and formation. It provides the cabinet, board of ordained ministry, and United Methodist faculty at Luther and United a seminary-mandated and supervised vehicle for active involvement in a student formation process that is particular and distinct to United Methodism. The seminar is planned jointly by the Annual Conference board of ordained ministry, United and Luther, and is open to students at both schools.