CTS is offering new work-learning grants that combine relevant work experience with course credit. An alternative to the federal work-study program, the work-learning grants provide students with ministry learning experiences, while expanding communications and networking opportunities for the seminary.
Brenda Freije, Director of Networking and Recruitment and General Counsel at CTS, said each work-learning grant will cover approximately 15 hours of work to be completed over a 12-week period, plus one credit hour of independent study taken on a pass/fail basis.
Participating students will be required to produce a minimum of six blog posts over the span of their work-learning opportunity, and will meet with a supervisor to discuss their work at least five times over the course of the program.
As of early April, seven positions were proposed including:
- Social Media & Ministry – working with the Center for Pastoral Excellence and its New Media Project to catalog audio and video and assist with production projects.
- HIVE Development- working with Networking & Recruitment on the launch and development of the Hub for Innovation, Vision and Entrepreneurship.
- Studio Ninety-Six - assisting this arts and worship ministry with the implementation of a worship renewal grant recently awarded to CTS from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.
- Theological Education for Leaders in Latino(a)/Hispanic Ministries- working with Carol Johnston of Lifelong Theological Education and Hector Hernandez in Networking, Recruitment & Admissions to design programs, develop curriculum and network with Latino(a)/Hispanic ministry leaders.
- New Faces of Ministry 3-Week Tour – traveling as part of the “12 Seminaries that Change the World” initiative to camps, churches, and youth worker organizations to raise awareness among young adults about the benefits of seminary.
- Counseling Center – serving as a counseling center outreach ambassador in the community, connecting faith-based institutions, correctional facilities, transitional housing and community centers with mental health resources available at the Counseling Center.
- DOC/Library Project – exploring the history, theology and mission of the Stone-Campbell movement through work with Scott Seay to restore, preserve, and make accessible archival materials related to the Movement.