Black Church Studies Program (BCS) The Black Church Studies Program (BCS) is geared toward examining variant aspects and disciplines related to the Black Christian experience in North America. This program gives attention not only to the history and development of the Black Church and Black religious expressions, but also to the theory involved in studying the various aspects of this phenomenon. Program participants will focus on scripture interpretation, proclamation (preaching), engaging the foundations of theological doctrine as well as preforming aspects of ministry unique to the Black Christian experience. BCS also explores how forms of Black Religious expressions are present within the wider society, via engagement in social policy, social analysis, in literature and in media. BCS participants will undertake course study with credentialed professors in each discipline. Each participant will complete either a final exam or a course project/paper that will show successful completion of course. Participants that complete entire program (6 courses) will be awarded a BCS Certificate and transcript of completed study.
BCS Mentorship Program This program supports rising seniors at the seminary level as well as recent seminary graduates who aspire to engage in parish and para-church ministry. Seminary participants are paired with mentors already in the field of ministry who will help to mentor and walk aspirees through the struggles and experience of Christian ministry. Mentors are seasoned practitioners in their respective fields of ministry who are willing to provide support, network possibilities and crucial advice toward navigating the field of ministry. While mentees and mentors are encouraged to meet on a regular basis, formal gatherings will take place quarterly to discuss issues, concerns and successes.
BCS Fellowship Program This program supports aspiring ministers and theological educators who seek seminary training. Fellows are usually college graduates that want pre-training and pre-exposure to seminary life and study. Fellows will engage in a yearlong program of study which includes regular guest lecturers (from academicians in the various theological disciplines) and weekly sessions on key theological/ministry topics. Fellows also commit to working with at least two ministries during the program which may include parish settings; para-church ministries; mission organizations; theological/Christian educational settings. A list of partner ministries will be provided to Fellows.