OPEN Network

Current OPEN MDiv classes:

January 22-26, 2018
Community Formation and Modern Spirituality through the lens of Womanist, Disability, and Process Theologies.
Location: The Hatchery, Redondo Beach, CA

April 3-7, 2018
New Leadership for New Outcomes in Complex Settings
Location: Manhattan, NYC, New York

If you're taking the classes for credit, please register by contacting the CTS Registrar.

Master of Divinity for OPEN network students

CTS’ Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program meets the urgent need for leaders formed in faith, who are prepared to address the educational, social, economic and technological shifts in theology and the church.

Now CTS and OPEN have partnered to create a new way to acquire this forward-thinking MDiv. This path doesn’t require students to relocate. Instead, you can immerse yourself in studies with CTS’ esteemed faculty in Indianapolis plus brilliant practitioners and thought leaders at sessions all over the U.S., including Brian McLaren, Amy Butler, Monica Coleman, Pete Rollins, Jaime Clark-Soles, Barry Taylor, Jacqui Lewis, Doug Pagitt, Philip Clayton, Laura Truax, Tony Jones, Jamie Clark-Soles, Frank Thomas, Ron Allen and Allan Boesak.

Affordable • Accessible • Inspiring

CTS’ MDiv is built on the five practices of ministry, anticipating what pastors and community leaders actually do: inspire, lead, serve, love and live—with the academic disciplines woven into each practice.

As a member of the OPEN cohort at CTS, you will deepen your biblical, theological and spiritual understanding; clarify your call; strengthen your skills as a servant leader; and connect with a groundbreaking learning community.

This degree requires 72 credit hours and offers flexible course formats including weeklong intensive courses on the CTS campus or in other cities (known as Immersion Courses) and Saturday classes at CTS. It emphasizes cohort learning, community life and supervised ministry experiences.

At the heart of the M.Div. curriculum is our faculty. They are passionate about teaching. You will find spiritually engaged instructors who bring concrete faith issues into the classroom, along with creative learning strategies that engage and challenge. They are committed to helping each student achieve his or her personal best and are readily available outside the classroom. They hold this same standard of excellence for themselves: their scholarship is recognized across the nation and around the world.

Unique to CTS is the intentional diversity of the classroom experience. Students, faculty and staff represent a wide variety of churches, races, cultures, ethnicities, and theological perspectives. We believe that the interaction created by such diversity enriches every area of instruction, providing a deepened understanding of people and ministry—the best preparation possible for serving today’s church and world. 

The deadline to apply to be in the OPEN Network MDiv pathway cohort is June 15, 2017. Click here to apply.


  • The CTS academic calendar offers a tailored pathway for OPEN network students, including Weeklong Intensive courses and Saturday courses scheduled in proximity to those weeklong courses. OPEN network students can complete the MDiv in four years with only four weeks of travel a year. Click here to see a suggested calendar for OPEN network members.
  • Students who qualify as part of the OPEN network and who begin their studies in the 2017 spring or fall semesters will be eligible for a scholarship that will reduce their out-of-pocket tuition cost to $1,000 per course. Students who take 6 courses a year would pay $6000 total annual out-of-pocket with the scholarship. Students will also be responsible for books, student fees and travel expenses.
  • Immersion Courses allow students to connect with OPEN network thought-leaders and congregations all over the country.
  • All students engage in a supervised ministry experience that culminates in an Integrative Ministry Project.
  • During the course of their education, all students participate in a cross-cultural experience. This may be done through coursework, through participation in a local community agency or institution, or through international or national travel.
  • Students may elect to study for one semester at the United Theological College West Indies (Jamaica). CTS also welcomes students from around the globe.