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).
Requirements for the M.Div.
The concentration requires six courses (18 credits) of work:
- United Methodist Church History and Doctrine – IC2624 (annually at Luther)
- One history and polity course:
- UMC students: United Methodist History and Polity (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
- Wesleyan Holiness: Developing Congregational and Personal Spiritual Vitality (every other year, alternating between Luther and United; team-taught by United Methodist members of the regular faculty at both institutions)
- Worship of the Church (annually at United)
- One evangelism course (choose from the following):
- Evangelism through the Arts (at United)
- The Ministry of Evangelism in the Church – CL4510 (at Luther)
- Starting New Missional Ministries – CL4530 (at Luther)
- One elective in Leadership for a Vital Church in the Contemporary World (chose from the following):
AT UNITED (taught on varying rotations)
- Antiracism Dialogue: Theory and Practice
- Media, Culture and Worship
- Politics and Religion in the World
- Public Witness of Congregations
- Reimagining the Church: Ecclesiology, Mission, and Ministry for our Contemporary Time
- Spiritual Life of the Congregation
- Theology and Practice of Stewardship
- Theology in Contemporary Film
AT LUTHER (taught on varying rotations)
- Mission of the Triune God I – CM2410
- Preaching and Pastoral Leadership – PR4540
- Theological Leadership in Addressing Change and Conflict – CL4525 T
At United you will find additional features of the M.Div. degree program that work together to promote United Methodist formation in UMC 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 co-curricular 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,” and these are used regularly. United Methodist students and faculty regularly lead worship in the United Methodist tradition.
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, as well as 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 formation process with students 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.