About the Neighborhood Seminary Two-Year Program
Why Neighborhood Seminary?
John 1:14, the Message says “Then the Word became flesh and blood and moved into the Neighborhood.” The vision for Neighborhood Seminary is for God’s healing, liberating, transforming love to become flesh and blood and move into every kind of neighborhood through followers of Jesus. We believe that we meet Jesus who is already present in the neighborhood, just as we bring Jesus with us when we show up to our neighbors.
What is the content of the Neighborhood Seminary Two-Year Program?
Neighborhood Seminary uses an integrative, head-heart-hands approach to learning that includes theological, spiritual, and missional formation. Over two years we guide participants through an arc of learning about Neighborhood Theology. We begin with imago Dei—being made in the image of the triune God who is community—to missio Dei, knowing how to participate fully and freely in God’s loving work of making all things new (Rev. 21:5).
How does Neighborhood Seminary happen?
The two-year program includes 10 monthly Saturday gatherings for classes and spiritual formation groups, 5 hours per month in a missional practicum, and one additional monthly small group gathering for spiritual formation, that can take place in person or online. The program is held in local geographic cohorts. Currently, due to Covid numbers, all offerings are fully online for all of our programs.
Can I earn a degree through Neighborhood Seminary?
People who complete Neighborhood Seminary’s two-year program earn a certificate in Neighborhood Theology and Practice. We do not offer traditional degrees or a traditional seminary curriculum. Our program is focused on equipping, mobilizing, and deploying laypeople into the neighborhoods of their lives, with God’s transforming love.
How much does it cost?
Traditionally, we try to keep tuition for students between $1000 to $1500 per year by working with a sponsoring institution such as a church, district, or other judicatory that would cover the rest of the cost. The variable cost for sponsors depends upon the size of the cohort. Also, we work with students to find additional scholarship money as we recognize that this annual cost limits those with different resources from participating. We value finding ways to support any and all who want to join the neighborhood.
Who is eligible to participate?
Participants come from all walks of life and are ages 18 and older.