Contextual Education: A Candler Distinction

Candler's Contextual Education Program for Master of Divinity (MDiv) students sets the standard. It’s comprehensive. It’s intentional. We even wrote the book on it! After visiting 17 peer seminaries, our Con Ed Directors published Equipping the Saints: Best Practices in Contextual Theological Education.

At Candler, our Con Ed Program marries thought and action by integrating rigorous coursework, supervised field experience and pastor-led reflection groups. Many seminaries require a placement in either social ministry settings or church settings. Candler requires both. First-year MDiv students spend four hours a week serving in clinical or social ministry settings, and second-year students practice ministry in ecclesial settings for eight hours a week.

The result? Our students gain an unequalled depth and breadth of practical experience to assist in vocational discernment and spiritual development—so they’re prepared to serve no matter where God leads.

Find lists of work sites, student thoughts about their experiences, and much more at the ConEd section of the website.

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