Many MDiv students come to The Seattle School with the goal of stepping into an established church organization or denomination. And The Seattle School works to help these students succeed in their goal. As The Seattle School has grown as an interdenominational organization, a number of students from varying backgrounds have graduated and received ordination from their specific denomination. The Seattle School has partnered with many denominations to create a more seamless experience as well as allowing students to incorporate required ordination classes not offered through our MDiv from other seminaries. This flexibility means that even more stringent denominations have ordained our unique and gifted students.
Our students have completed field experience at dozens of ministry settings and many have gone on to receive ordination from a variety of denominations, including:
Field Experience Sites
- Elim Baptist Church
- Emmaus Road Christian Reformed Church
- First Presbyterian Church
- Gift of Grace Lutheran Church
- Vineyard Community Church
- Seattle Chinese Alliance Church
- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
- Trinity United Methodist Church
- Disciples of Christ
- Episcopal (regionally)
- United Church of Christ
Our focus at The Seattle School goes beyond knowing and into being and doing the work of pastoring. What this means is that our degree is rooted in the practice of pastoral leadership – not only in your knowledge of the theological and philosophical aspects of our faith, but in your personal narrative and missional relationships. Our church leaders are trained to listen to the biblical text as well as their parish and neighborhood, and to respond with humility and conviction.
Alumnae Meredith Dancause
Adult Life Pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI
“In my time at The Seattle School I was trained both academically as well as professionally. The MDiv program is unique in that it drew me deeper into God’s story through Biblical and theological studies, but also my own personal story – this has been an invaluable aspect of my career. In my work as a pastor I am primarily in teaching roles, both in smaller groups as well as thousands on a Sunday morning. I have learned how to speak to the heart with wisdom, intelligence, and grace because of my training with the faculty.”
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