Answering God’s Call to Ministry
The challenges of ordained ministry are enormous, but so are the rewards. Talent, dedication, commitment and a sense of calling are the most important ingredients for a successful seminary experience. If you are considering entering the Congregational ministry, you may have many questions. CFTS is prepared to help answer your questions and be a part of the answer. CFTS will challenge you academically, nurture you spiritually, and give you the opportunity for a promising future in Congregational ministry while you attend the seminary of your choice. Contact the Dean of CFTS. The Dean can assist you in the planning and implementation of your theological education.
CFTS enriches each student’s seminary experience with education in the Congregational Way. Students admitted to CFTS are required to attend three academic seminars on topics unique to ministry in a Congregational church, and complete a directed polity study, with submission of a major research paper in Congregationalism. Additionally, students are required to engage in supervised ministry internships, practicing the skills of ministry under the direction of a field supervisor and in cooperation with the field requirements of the student’s seminary.
Many churches, regional associations and individuals provide scholarships to students through CFTS to offset financial indebtedness and provide tangible encouragement for CFTS students during the seminary experience. CFTS also provides a financial stipend to students and encourages CFTS graduates to engage in Congregational ministries with post graduate grants.
A person wishing to make application to CFTS must provide evidence of acceptance to an American Theological School accredited seminary. The student must already possess a Bachelor’s degree (in any area of study) and be pursuing a Master of Divinity degree (or equivalent), with the intention to enter ministry in an NACCC Congregational church. The board of directors may make exceptions to these requirements especially if you are enrolled in a concurrent Bachelor’s/Master’s program.
Supporting Future Leaders through CFTS
CFTS is the only program in existence today whose sole purpose is preparing men and women for ministry in churches committed to the Congregational Way. This is accomplished under the close supervision and support of the CFTS Dean and the CFTS board of directors. Almost 200 men and women have received academic and financial support and completed their training as CFTS "Fellows." They have made a lasting impact on continuing Congregationalism.
You can make a difference
As our National Association grows, the need for Congregationally-trained ministers grows as well. You can help meet the continuing challenge in two ways:
First identify gifted people
There are people in your churches of varying ages and occupations who are gifted for ministry but need your encouragement to hear the call. You can identify and encourage able men and women of faith to devote their lives to God's service through ordained ministry in our Association.
Second make a contribution
You can join Congregationalists across the nation who promote exceptional ministerial leadership by making a personal contribution to CFTS and by making certain that CFTS is included in the benevolence program of their churches. With graduate seminary costs at an all-time high, generous financial support from people like you encourages many of the most able and dedicated people to enter Congregational ministry. By making a donation to CFTS or establishing an ongoing scholarship, you and your church ensure that Congregational Churches will be served by ministers devoted to the Congregational Way for years to come.
By investing in leadership today, together we can ensure a bright and vibrant future for the churches of the Congregational Way.
For More Information. You may contact the Dean, Rev. Dr. D. Elizabeth Mauro, at the Center for Congregational Leadership:
Rev. Dr. D. Elizabeth Mauro, Dean or Marie Steele, assistant to the Dean
Center for Congregational Leadership 1-800-262-1620 x1614
320 South Main Street 1-269-749-7245
Olivet, Michigan 49076