Are you the type of person that prefers more than one job?
This pathway allows for organized and hard-working leaders to shorten their overall Seminary time by combining Contextual Formation with academic study.
The Accelerated MDiv Co-op pathway for outstanding ELCA students is an innovative partnership between the seminary, congregations, and synods that enables the student to complete both MDiv and candidacy in three years. Co-op students complete their Ministerial Fieldwork and Ministerial Immersions by working roughly 20 hours per week at a single congregation identified by their bishop and Candidacy Committee. At the same time they are fulltime students, creating a highly integrated learning experience. Coursework may be completed on a residential or distributed learning basis, depending on the student’s location and learning style.
"It’s important to think about Co-Op as a stepping stone into really engaged, full-time leadership."
— Carla Christopher, MDiv Co-Op student
"My favorite part would probably have to be the community that I’ve found… I’ve really met some lifelong friends, colleagues and professors who have encouraged and supported me in my discernment and my growth as a leader in the church."
— Miranda Hammer, MDiv Co-Op student