What is Practical Theology?


“Practical theology” describes the mutually strengthening relationship between the theological learning and research of a university-based seminary, and the actual experience and needs of Christian communities. It embraces a dynamic vision of the web of ecclesiastical, academic, and social institutions that together sustain excellent pastoral leaders and healthy, vibrant Christian communities.

A commitment to practical theology is a guiding principle of curricular and program development, generating a wealth of collaborations and connections between the School and congregations and pastoral leaders across the country. The Center for Practical Theology exists to consolidate, coordinate, sustain and build upon these collaborations and connections.