STCW logoCandler School of Theology is one of 18 “Seminaries that Change the World,” (STCTW) according to Faith3, an organization that seeks to support the church as it relates to young adults.

STCTW and Faith 3’s executive director, the Rev. Wayne Meisel, created the first-of-its-kind list to show service-minded young people the difference a theological education can make in their career and leadership development.

“STCTW was established as part of a movement to reclaim the important historic role that theological education has played in promoting community and justice while training and launching local and world leaders in all areas of society,” explains Meisel, who traveled for 3 years to seminaries and divinity schools to weigh them for inclusion on the list.

That role is one that Candler has played for almost 100 years, and one the school continues to live into today, says Dean Jan Love.

“Candler has a long history of forming faithful and creative leaders for the church and the world, leaders who fully engage their communities for the well-being of all,” she says.

“Our 7,500+ living alumni work in all corners of the world, in churches, schools, nonprofit organizations, ecclesial bodies, government agencies and corporations. They are people who serve as the hands and feet of Christ in the world.” 

Schools on the STCTW list were selected according to a set of criteria that included: 

  • Established or developing programming designed to encourage and support students to integrate their engagement in the world with theological education and vocational discernment.
  • A commitment to provide scholarship and financial aid to attract and support students and limit student debt.
  • A community of faculty, administrators and students who are working together to create and sustain a culture of sustained engagement on campus.
  • Faculty who offer coursework and programming that integrates academic rigor with engagement in the world.
  • A history of educating and launching courageous leadership for the world.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to talk with prospective students about their vocational discernment, not merely to get them into enroll in their particular school.

Candler’s historical and continuing commitments to social justice and community engagement were among the attributes that highlighted the school for selection.

Also of note were Candler’s active student groups, such as Candler Creation Keepers, Sacred Worth, Family Link, Candler Evangelical Society, and the Social Concerns Network, as well as the school’s distinguished faculty and alumni who are making a significant impact on society.

Love says that Candler is honored to be included in the inaugural class of Seminaries That Change the World.

“What we say on our brochures isn’t just marketing-speak. We are truly committed to helping real people make a real difference in the real world,” she says.

“It’s affirming to have others recognize that commitment.”

See the full STCTW list here:

Read the Huffington Post article “Seminaries that Change the World: A Growing List of Transitioning Institutions for Transformational Times” by Wayne Meisel: