Becoming a Ministry Partner

Welcome to McCormick’s Field Studies Program.  As the seminary prepares women and men for ministry in an ever-changing world, we recognize the importance of an integrated educational experience offered in partnership with churches and ministry related agencies. The Field Studies program provides students the opportunity to be involved in the practice of ministry under supervision as a part of their academic study and formal training while enrolled in the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Ministry degree programs.

Today’s students are an amazingly diverse group.  In recent years McCormick students have brought a wide range of experiences and expectations to theological education.  Ranging from 21 to 60+ years in age; they are female and male from various racial and ethnic backgrounds, representing many faith traditions, cultures and nations; single and married with and without children. They come from careers in business, education, science, technology, the public and private sector.  Some are homemakers and community volunteers.

Whether called to serve Jesus Christ in ministries of ordained or lay leadership in the local church, denominational agencies or to ministries of justice and public service in the world, McCormick students come to seminary as adult learners seeking to be equipped for a future as leaders in the transformational ministry of Jesus Christ’s church in the world.

We welcome student colleagues and ministry partners to this exciting venture in shared education between the seminary and the communities where practice and theory come together for the building up of God’s people.

To apply to become a ministry partner see below.

At a Glance

The Value of Cross-Cultural Placement

Joanne Lindstrom's chapter from "Welcome to Theological Field Education", edited by Matthew Floding.

Ministry Partner Brochure

The Field Studies experience is designed to serve both the learning goals of the student and the mission goals of the teaching site.

Site Information Form

The site information form for potential Experiential Education and Field Studies Program ministry partners.

About Our Seminary

The Seminary in the City

McCormick Theological Seminary is located in Chicago, in the south side community of Hyde Park—home of four other distinguished seminaries and the University of Chicago. Click here for a copy of our 2012-2013 Annual Report.

The McCormick Student Body

Approximately 150 men and women are enrolled in the Masters-level Program at McCormick Theological Seminary. They are full- and part-time students, on-campus residents and commuters. The Doctor of Ministry Program has a current enrollment of 85 students, all of whom belong to groups or "cohorts" and gather on campus at different times during the year for intensive study and interaction with their colleagues in ministry.

The McCormick Faculty

The McCormick faculty is intentionally diverse—by gender, ethnicity, national origin and religious tradition. The faculty is composed of 18 full-time faculty members in four fields of study: Bible, History, Theology/Ethics and Ministry.

Linda Morgan-Clement,
Class of 1984

“At McCormick I became deeply engaged in ministry with persons outside the traditional congregational life, such as refugee families, inner city schools, and the homebound elderly. These experiences opened many new possibilities in my understanding of self, God, and other.”