The years you spend in ministry with the CCO are a time to fulfill your calling to college ministry, and can also provide the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree. We think that learning, supported by application within the context of campus ministry, is valuable.
Our Unique Partnerships
The CCO’s training program is uniquely designed to advance the skills and insights of our staff members for ministry to college students while providing opportunities to earn graduate credits. Components of our training program are accredited through special arrangements with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (since 1982) and Geneva College (since 1993). These programs are designed to give CCO staff training in Bible, student ministry, personal and professional discipleship, theology and cultural apologetics.
I think that pursuing your M. Div. while doing hands-on, day-to-day ministry is the way seminary education ought to be. I think we have stripped our seminary training of experiential education and this resurrects it. The CCO/GCTS program enabled me to reconnect academia and practical ministry; it offered me the opportunity to practice what I was learning by applying biblical and theological insights into the lives of students! —BJ Woodworth (Pastor, The Open Door)
The Geneva Higher Education program provided me with the tools I needed to understand theory and to apply it within college and university settings. I appreciated the individual attention that the faculty provided and how they taught me to analyze developmental theories from a Christian worldview. I am currently in a PhD program at a research university, and because of the foundation that was laid at Geneva, I am able to examine new theories and ideas from a solid Christian worldview and to discern how they reflect creational norms and how they reflect the idols of this age. —Karen Dreyer (Director of Youth Development, The Pittsburgh Project)