Contextual Studies

How will walking across the Ethiopian plain affect your ministry in your hometown? What lessons will you miss if you never see a Brazilian shanty town first-hand? What does your congregation have in common with one in Appalachia or the south side of Chicago?

Meeting and understanding other cultures helps us know and understand ourselves. All CTS students are encouraged to take part in cross-culture experiences both on-campus and around the world. 

Overseas Study Options
CTS regularly offers study trips abroad. Students may participate in these trips to fulfill their requirement. Recent destinations have included Jamaica, India, Ethiopia and Brazil. CTS students can also participate in our exchange program with United Theological College of the West Indies in Jamaica for credit toward certain degrees.

Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center Consortium (AMERC)
Christian Theological Seminary is a member of the Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center Consortium (AMERC). AMERC provides specialized training for students preparing for ministry in the Appalachian church and other mission settings, with particular attention to small town and rural congregations. Students who participate in an AMERC travel seminar may receive academic credit and may use the seminar to fulfill the cross-cultural requirement for the M.Div.

Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE)
CTS is a member of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE), which provides a variety of opportunities for students to experience the urban life of Chicago in a context of theological reflection and sociological analysis. Participation in one of SCUPE’s intensive courses (S-302 and S-309) affords the possibility of earning academic credit and fulfilling the cross-cultural requirement for the M.Div.

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