Involve your congregation with Theological Education
Inform your congregation about the rich diversity of theological institutions related to the PC(USA) by choosing one seminary to be highlighted each month during the year. Interpretive printed materials and videos are available from the schools.
Provide information to your congregation about lecture series and continuing education courses offered by our seminaries and encourage their participation.
Encourage church school classes, youth groups and church organizations to "adopt" theological students and demonstrate support by sending cards, letters and gifts throughout the school year. Invite students to share with the congregation about their studies and campus life.
Provide practical experience for seminary students by involving them as ministry interns in the life of the congregation.
Make arrangements for church school classes or groups to visit campuses of PC(USA) theological institutions to learn more about the schools and to interact with faculty, staff and students.
Build interest in the pursuit of theological studies and Christian ministry as a vocational choice by including study and discussion about those options in church school classes and youth groups.
Establish study/action groups for people who are seeking clarity about their personal call to ministry and opportunities to pursue theological studies. Provide travel money for individuals to visit PC(USA) seminary campuses during orientation weekends.
Take advantage of seminary faculty resources by studying books and/or inviting professors to preach, speak or lead retreats for the congregation. Issue invitations early to reserve time on faculty calendars and expect to offer an honorarium as well a reimbursement for travel expenses.