New Graduate School of Theology and Ministry

General News, News Releases — By on September 21, 2012 8:47 PM

September 19, 2012  – Building on the vision of its founding colleges and its Anabaptist Church owners, Canadian Mennonite University on September 19, 2012 will open its new Graduate School of Theology and Ministry.

The program of celebration for the CMU Graduate School of Theology and Ministry takes place Wednesday, September 19, 11:30 am to 12:00 pm, in the CMU Great Hall (500 Shaftesbury Blvd, north campus).

“Opening the Graduate School renews and formalizes CMU’s commitment to inspire and equip students for pastoral ministry, leadership, scholarship, and service,” says Karl Koop, Director of the Graduate School at CMU.

“The Graduate School of Theology and Ministry continues to have significant connection with various inter-Mennonite denominations. It will serve uniquely as a teaching center of Mennonite Brethren

Biblical Seminary Canada (MBBS Canada), and is a member of the Winnipeg Theological Cooperative and a partner with Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Indiana) and Steinbach Bible College.

“We are excited to partner with MBBS Canada, and we look forward to welcoming our newest faculty member, Dr. Andrew Dyck, to campus in the new year,” says CMU Interim President & Vice-President Academic Earl Davey. Dyck’s appointment as Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies at CMU is jointly funded by MBBS Canada and the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba. The announcement was made in June 2012 by the Board of Directors of MBBS together with the Board of Governors of Canadian Mennonite University.

Dyck will teach or give leadership in the area of spiritual formation, worship, preaching, ministry supervision, evangelism, leadership development, and pastoral care and counselling. In addition, he will serve as a resource person for the Manitoba Mennonite Brethren Conference.

“His years of experience in pastoral ministry, combined with his studies in Christian spirituality, will very much benefit our students, and through them, the larger church,” says Davey, noting that Dyck will teach alongside CMU’s highly respected Emerti and faculty professors at the CMU Graduate School, including Paul Doerksen, Irma Fast Dueck, Dan Epp-Tiessen, Gerald Gerbrandt Pierre Gilbert, Titus Guenther, Chris Huebner, Harry Huebner, Sheila Klassen-Wiebe, Karl Koop, Gordon Matties, and Gordon Zerbe.

“As a community of scholars, committed to the life of the church, experienced in mission and service, and accomplished in research and publication, the faculty together bring significant gifts and experience to their role as teachers and mentors of our students,” says Davey.

CMU’s graduate programs of study include a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Arts in Theological Studies, as well as a Certificate in Christian Studies, with courses in Bible, History, Theology, Ethics, and in Practical Theology and Ministry.

“I believe our programs of study are well developed to meet the needs of our students,” says Koop.  “They are solidly biblical and theological and encourage growth in spiritual and leadership formation. They allow for the testing of gifts through supervised ministry experience and provide opportunities for students who wish to pursue advanced research and scholarship.”

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