Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Divinity - Pastoral Care, and Master of Theological Studies.
Mission of the Chapman Seminary
Conscious of the call of God, honoring our ties to General Baptists, and mindful of the Church universal, Chapman Seminary seeks to develop, through the professional education of men and women, the spiritual, moral, and intellectual maturity necessary for effective leadership in the church.
Chapman Seminary is a learning community dedicated to OCU’s mission: Oakland City University is a Christian faith-based learning community dedicated to the enhancement of intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social development for positive leadership.
Learning Outcomes of the Seminary are that our graduates will:
- Integrate Scripture and Christian tradition
- Evaluate cultural context in ministry practice
- Foster spiritual growth of self & others
- Reflect moral integrity in life and ministry
- Adapt skills for ministry performance
- Demonstrate skills for leadership
- Understand theological discourse within the broad Christian theological perspective
- Use Scripture and Christian Tradition as sources
- Articulate perspectives with clarity, accuracy, and pastoral-ministerial awareness in interpersonal and public forms of communication
- Evaluate the nature and purpose of ministry
- Formulate a theologically reflective practice of ministry
- Gain knowledge about the practice of ministry
- Reflect continued growth in spiritual maturity
- Internalize a personal and professional ethic
- Enhance pastoral analysis
- Enhance ministerial skills
Chapman Seminary is committed to developing the spiritual, moral, and intellectual maturity necessary for effective leadership in the Church. The school has developed a variety of tools, both quantitative and qualitative, to assess the extent to which students are achieving the outcomes of the degrees they are pursuing. The faculty regularly reviews this assessment data to measure the effectiveness of Chapman’s programs and for planning further improvements. Chapman Seminary provides ample support to ensure student success.
A recent survey of placement data offers encouraging evidence of the integrity of Chapman Seminary’s degree programs:
- 75% of graduates over the last twelve years (2007-2017) were involved in some kind of vocational ministry within the first year after their graduation
- 65% of graduates from the last twelve years (2007-2017) are currently involved in vocational ministry
- 100% of graduates over the last twelve years (2007-2017) were involved in vocational ministry within a year after their graduation
- 25% of graduate over the last twelve years (2007-2017) are currently involved in vocational ministry
Even though the Chapman Seminary is welcoming to students of all Christian traditions, we have a specific mission to honor the ties of the institution to the General Association of General Baptists. Placement data also supports the claim that the Chapman Seminary is effective in providing training to leaders within the sponsoring denomination. Over the last ten years, 38% of all graduates have had a placement in a General Baptist church or ministry since graduation.
Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:
- MDV (Master of Divinity | Master of Divinity - Pastoral Care)
- MTS (Master of Theological Studies)
- DMN (Doctor of Ministry)
The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275