Pathway to Ministry is an exciting new opportunity the Seminary is offering for those who desire to explore an opportunity for deeper theological study, but who have not yet pursued a discernment process. It is designed to be a one-year program of study, tuition-free, where students will be immersed in an academically challenging and spiritually nurturing environment. At the end of the first year, the student may receive the Diploma in Theology or continue on with his or her studies for a subsequent year or two to earn a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity.
Pathway to Ministry students may chose to enter the ordination process during their year of study, and if a call is determined the student can continue the process of completing their theological education concurrently with the discernment and ordination process. A student and diocese that decides a lay ministry is the appropriate direction may still move forward to earn any of the degree options.
I am very pleased the Seminary is offering this wonderful and unique program. Be sure to check out the VTS website for more information and instructions on how and when to apply to Pathway to Ministry. I look forward to seeing how God will use this new opportunity for those who might otherwise never have considered pursuing study at VTS.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President