Education for the Sake of Christ's Church and Kingdom
For more than 60 years, Covenant Seminary has been committed to preparing faithful, gospel-centered pastors and leaders for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and for the expanding global church of today and tomorrow. We do this through a variety of degree programs that emphasize both rigorous classroom learning and transformative, real-life experiences of ministry in context as necessary aspects of a seminary education.
Learning happens at the intersection of theory and praxis, which is why field education is a significant aspect of many of our degree programs. Covenant Seminary is surrounded by more than 25 PCA churches, as well those of many other denominations. Through partnerships with these churches and other ministries, students are able to further hone their ministry skills and identify their gifts while putting their classroom learning into practice in meaningful ways while also meeting internship and ordination requirements.
Our curriculum emphasizes the fact that the study of theology is inherently missional. We encourage students to see themselves as participants in God’s mission to redeem the peoples, nations, and the entire cosmos. Because communication of the gospel across cultures is an essential aspect of Christian mission, we seek to help students cultivate an understanding of their own cultures, as well as those of others.
Francis Schaeffer Institute (FSI)
Named for the late pastor, apologist, and founder of L’Abri Fellowship, FSI exists to help train God’s servants to demonstrate compassionately and defend reasonably the claims of Christ upon all of life in our present cultural moment. FSI offers an annual lecture series and other regular events each semester.
City Ministry Initiative (CMI)
St. Louis’s rich cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity, as well as its many churches and other ministries, make it a fertile training ground in which students can develop a Kingdom perspective. One way that this takes place is through our City Ministry Initiative, which offers courses, seminars, and opportunities for engaging in real-life service in varied and challenging ministry contexts.