Grand Canyon Theological Seminary: Become a Leader for Christ

By Lauren Abraham

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Do you feel called to be a leader for Christ? Grand Canyon Theological Seminary (GCTS) equips godly leaders for a lifetime of faithful ministry that is rooted in the truth of the Bible, sound theology and wisdom. GCTS is a leading seminary that prepares Christian leaders to minister faithfully and effectively in a variety of contexts.

About GCTS

As the graduate school of GCU’s College of Theology, GCTS offers advanced theological training that is based on biblical truth. GCTS students can experience a vibrant graduate culture and have the opportunity to interact with faculty and students of all backgrounds.

GCTS supports Grand Canyon University’s commitment to educate students from a distinctly Christian perspective. In order to carry out the role of the College of Theology, the seminary helps to educate students to communicate the gospel, serve the church and minister to others effectively.

Mission of GCTS

Grand Canyon Theological Seminary’s mission is to develop leaders, ministers and scholars to rightly handle God’s Word, teach according to sound doctrine and prepare God’s people for missional service in today’s changing world. GCTS students learn to meet the various demands of vocational ministry, Christian leadership and scholarship.

In the program, students learn to apply Scripture to their lives in a variety of ministerial contexts. In addition, they are given opportunities to cultivate community and fellowship in their program of study. The importance of friendships, peer networks and mentoring relationships is emphasized by GCTS, as those who pursue careers in ministry need support in order to continue serving others.

As a theological seminary within an interdenominational university, GCTS provides students with the opportunity to study in an environment shaped by Christian unity and denominational diversity. GCU is clear about its Christian identity, yet the university seeks to live out faith in a missional community. The seminary creates a covenantal community within a larger institution.

Degree Programs

The theological seminary offers a variety of Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Arts (MA) programs in order to form students theologically, spiritually and professionally. Therefore, they become prepared for leadership, ministry and service. In each program, students are taught to apply Scripture to the ministries they lead, their personal spiritual wellbeing and the larger society.

GCTS aims to make it possible to earn an education while continuing in ministry by offering convenient online degree programs and evening classes. In choosing an area to study, students can choose from a variety of emphases. For example, students can earn a Master of Arts with an Emphasis in Christian Leadership in order to learn to nurture spiritual growth and lead as Christians in their arenas of influence. Furthermore, students can also choose from several emphases in earning their MDiv, such as global ministry or worship leadership.

Each program of study offered by the seminary addresses key areas in order to equip students with foundational knowledge in cultivating Christian character. Students gain knowledge in biblical foundations, theological and historical foundations, spiritual and professional formation and contextualization and cross-cultural studies. As a result, they develop the abilities needed for effective ministry.

Grand Canyon University’s Christian convictions, Christ-focused curriculum and service beyond the classroom provides the foundation for a vibrant Christian community. Visit the GCU website or click on the Request More Information button at the top of the page to learn more. 

Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior majoring in communications at GCU.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.