Yale Divinity School offers United Methodist students all of the academic resources required to achieve ordination, as well as the liturgical and social support needed to blossom from student to pastor. A constellation of courses in history, doctrine, evangelism and polity are available on a regular basis, with the aim of satisfying the Book of Discipline requirements for ordination. United Methodist students also take part fully in the life of Marquand Chapel, the daily liturgical hub of Sterling Divinity Quadrangle.
Opportunities abound for preaching, fashioning services and implementing new dimensions of worship firmly rooted in the Methodist tradition. Outside the classroom and the walls of Marquand Chapel, Methodist students and faculty meet regularly through the school’s Methodist Society, which provides a forum for discussion, support, fellowship and worship.
YDS offers a Certificate Program in Methodist Studies. The objectives of this program are to create a Methodist ethos in which United Methodist students and others can receive the courses and formation needed to prepare for ministry, to provide academic inquiry into the Wesleyan tradition with special attention to United Methodist as well as pan Methodist identities, and to create a community of students on campus who identify with the Methodist tradition. Students in the Master of Divinity Program interested in the Methodist Studies Program are primarily those seeking ordination as deacons or elders in denominations rooted in the Wesleyan tradition such as the United Methodist, the Korean Methodist, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME), and African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion). Requirements for certification include completion of courses necessary for ordination, two colloquies each term, and active participation in the Methodist Society at YDS.
The Methodist Society is an informal group of students and faculty that meets throughout the academic year. Activities include special worship occasions, lunch discussions on important United Methodist issues, and other opportunities for fellowship. Chapel services with a Methodist emphasis are conducted several times a year.
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