Saint Paul School of Theology
|Saint Paul School of Theology|
|Religious affiliation||United Methodist|
|Location||Kansas City, Missouri, USA|
Saint Paul School of Theology is a school of higher learning in Kansas City, Missouri and is one of 13 seminaries of the United Methodist Church. In addition to the downtown Kansas City campus, Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University began offering courses in September 2008. Each year, more than 300 degree-seeking students are enrolled at Saint Paul, the majority of whom are preparing for some form of local church ministry. The student body has almost equal numbers of men and women, representing 37 states and several other countries. While most students are United Methodist, over 20 denominations are represented in the student body each year. Saint Paul's theology is perhaps best described as "moderate" relative to the overall body of views that encompass the United Methodist Church in the United States.
In a money-saving initiative, the school plans to move its facilities to Leawood, Kansas for the Fall of 2013. Plans are for the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection to serve as its new location.
Saint Paul School of Theology was one of two schools authorized by the 1956 General Conference of the Methodist Church. Due to the shortage of Methodist pastors in the Midwest, Kansas City was selected as the location. The seminary was chartered in 1958, and the first group of fifty students began classes in 1959.
Saint Paul School of Theology offers four degree programs.
1. Master of Divinity Degree (MDiv), a 90-credit hour program that "prepares persons for leadership in the renewal of the church. Students who complete the MDiv degree may enter ordained ministry in parishes, institutional chaplaincy, church-related agencies, or other forms of specialized ministry." This degree is offered at both the Kansas City and Oklahoma City Campuses.
2. Master of Arts (Theological Studies) (MATS), a 60-credit hour program that "seeks academic study in religion and theology. The purpose of the MA(TS) is to prepare persons for leadership through a general program of graduate theological studies and an integrated academic concentration, which provides theologically informed leadership on behalf of the church."
3. Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM), a 60-credit hour program that "provides theologically informed and competent lay and ordained leaders in specialized ministry for the local church and the church at large."
4. Doctor of Ministry (DMin), a 30-credit program that must be completed between 3 and 6 years. "The DMin is the highest degree in professional ministry and seeks to provide advanced level leadership for the church."
Saint Paul Institute
The Saint Paul Laity School of Theology provides lifelong theological educational for everyday Christians. It has interactive sessions taught by seminary faculty. Day-long sessions are conducted at various sites around the Midwest.
youTheology is a Pan-Methodist ministry of Saint Paul School of Theology. It includes a theology program for high school students, an annual gathering for adults who work in ministry with youth, research into youth spiritual formation, and curriculum resources for youth ministry.
Each academic year, youTheology brings together up to 20 high school students from the Midwest (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma) and from 4 Pan-Methodist churches (African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion, Christian Methodist Episcopal, United Methodist) to learn more about their Christian faith and shared Wesleyan tradition. Participants engage in a one-year action-reflection learning process of vocational exploration, worship, and service through time in person with seminary leaders and faculty, online learning, time with local adult mentors, and a Pan-Methodist Pilgrimage on the East Coast of the U.S. The program theme, “Loving God, Loving Neighbor,” explores the Wesleyan heritage of personal and social holiness. The goal of youTheology is to encourage high school students to have greater knowledge of their Pan-Methodist and Wesleyan heritage, to be more open to God’s call to minister in a variety of ways and places, and to serve as effective servants of Christ in today’s world. In addition to the core program with high school students, youTheology sponsors annual Youth Workers' Gatherings, focused on helping persons who work with high school students learn more effective, theologically-grounded practices for youth ministry. youTheology is one of many seminary projects resulting from the “Theological Programs for Youth” grant initiative of the Lilly Endowment and has been awarded several Lilly grants, including an implementation grant in 2002, and most recently, an incentive grant in 2009.
- Hendricks, Mike (January 1, 2013). "Neighbors fear for future of St. Paul School of Theology site". Kansas City Star. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- Taken from "http://www.spst.edu/SiteResources/Data/Templates/ContentPackageLayout002.asp?docid=596&DocName=Degree%20Programs", accessed May 13, 2010. Cf. "http://www.spst.edu/SiteResources/Data/Templates/ContentPackageLayout002.asp?docid=601&DocName=Master%20of%20Divinity"
- Ibid. Cf. "http://www.spst.edu/SiteResources/Data/Templates/ContentPackageLayout002.asp?docid=602&DocName=Master%20of%20Arts%20(Theological%20Studies)"
- Ibid. Cf. "http://www.spst.edu/SiteResources/Data/Templates/ContentPackageLayout002.asp?docid=603&DocName=Master%20of%20Arts%20in%20Christian%20Ministry"
- Taken from "http://www.spst.edu/SiteResources/Data/Templates/ContentPackageLayout002.asp?docid=597&DocName=Doctor%20of%20Ministry", accessed May 13, 2010.
- Fund for Theological Education list of Theological Programs at Seminaries for High School Youth 
- Lilly Endowment, Inc. 2002 Announcement of Grant Recipients