Because the School of Divinity is not an ordaining body, the most important role of the school’s denominational studies emphasis is to support students as they cultivate diverse denominational and congregational connections. As a first step in exploring denominational affiliations, students are encouraged to consult with appropriate denominational representatives to learn about opportunities for service and, where appropriate, requirements for ordination. Students are encouraged to consult with denominational advisors and representatives as they choose settings for second-year required internships as these intern- ships give students opportunities to explore denominational ministry in congregations or agencies.
Courses specific to some denominations are taught regularly at the School of Divinity by denominational leaders. These courses are designed to introduce students to denominational theologies and polities and to assist students with preparation for denominational ordination exams.
Some of the regularly offered courses include:
The School of Divinity has developed a curriculum for Episcopal students that is receiving recognition from Episcopal bishops in the Southeast. With the establishment of a 12-hour concentration in Episcopal Studies, the Bishops are now open to considering School of Divinity graduates who complete the concentration for ordination. Until now, School of Divinity graduates seeking to be ordained within The Episcopal Church have been required to take an additional year of study at another institution. The Episcopal Studies concentration is directed by The Rt. Rev. Dr. Porter Taylor, retired Bishop of of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina and Visiting Professor of Episcopal Studies.
The city of Winston-Salem, NC is shaped by its Moravian heritage and a rich on-going Moravian presence. While enrolled at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, students seeking candidacy for ordination in the Moravian Church may earn the twelve-credit Certificate in Moravian Studies online through Moravian Theological Seminary, as well as complete internships at local Moravian churches.
The Certificate in Moravian Studies is offered as a possible alternative to a year of residential study at Moravian Seminary in partial fulfillment of requirements for ordination. Interested students should first contact the Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) regarding this possibility. If approved, The School of Divinity and Moravian Seminary will work with the PEC to advise interested students. Tuition assistance for the Certificate is available through the PEC.
All courses must meet ATS requirements for transfer credit to apply toward the WFU M.Div. degree. Additional eligible courses from Moravian Seminary, beyond the Certificate in Moravian Studies, may be accepted for transfer with a written recommendation from the PEC that these courses are required preparation for ordination in the Moravian Church. Contact: PEC office.
Other opportunities for preparation for ministry within particular denominations include independent study, clinical pastoral education, and the third year integrative project (Art of Ministry III). Many denominational seminaries also offer courses required for ordination online, which students may take for transfer credit with the approval of the Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee.
|Disciples of Christ||Occasionally offered online by the denomination||www.ccofga.info|
|United Church of Christ||Occasionally offered locally or online by the denomination||https://ucccourses.wordpress.com/|
|United Methodist Church||Occasionally offered online by the denomination||http://www.umccybercampus.com/|
|Drew University||United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity||http://depts.drew.edu/tsfac/courses/logon/umhistory/|
|Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary||United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity||http://www.garrett.edu/aca-online-courses|
|Claremont School of Theology||http://www.cst.edu/registrar/course-listings/online-courses/|
|Wesley Seminary||Polity of the United Methodist Church||https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/Catalog|
|Episcopal Divinity School||Episcopal History, Polity, Canon Law||http://eds.edu/course-listings|
|Fuller Theological Seminary||Anglican Theology, Spirituality, Liturgy, Pastoral Theology, Ministry, and Ethics||http://fuller.edu/anglicanstudies/|
|Candler School of Theology||http://candler.emory.edu/academics/registrar/schedules-registration.html|
|Iliff School of Theology||UMC Mission of Church in the World||http://www.iliff.edu/learn/your-courses/class-schedules|
|Chicago Theological Seminary||History and Polity of the UCC||https://www.ctschicago.edu/academics/courses/course-schedule|