How ESR Prepares Students for Ministry

Preparation for ministry is the product of a holistic education that challenges the intellect and deepens the Spirit. We strive to provide an environment where both can flourish.

Our faculty and students share a belief in challenging, intensive study. We encourage students to think deeply and critically about the historical, theological and spiritual aspects of their faith journeys. This transformative approach to education doesn’t seek to simply reinforce what students believe, but to nurture an informed understanding of their faith.

Developing that understanding is more than an exercise of the intellect. Spiritual formation at ESR is a reciprocal relationship between students, faculty and the wider community. Students don’t make this faith journey alone. Courses, supervised field ministry, and personal relationships are the proving grounds for leadings of the Spirit and gifts of ministry. Together, we work to discern our place in ministry.