Spiritual Formation

As persons preparing to serve the church in the world, McCormick wants your intellectual and theological development to work in concert with your practical and spiritual preparation for effective ministry. In other words, we want you to continually experience a deepening intimacy with God as you acquire the knowledge and tools that will sustain your practice of ministry.

Spiritual formation is a foundational component of the seminary experience. Most seminary faculty build time for prayer and devotions into class time; in addition, a number of classes focus specifically on spirituality, spiritual formation, and spiritual practices, with attention paid to context and the diverse Christian traditions represented at the seminary.

Students, faculty and staff gather each week for community worship to hear the Word proclaimed and to celebrate the Eucharist.

McCormick's community provides pastoral care, prayer, referrals for spiritual direction with trained professionals and some short term counseling for students. The student Deacons actively pray for the community and foster an environment of community care.

McCormick encourages students, faculty and staff  to be actively engaged at a local church congregation as they are able. Connection to an ongoing community of faith is essential to healthy spiritual formation.

At a glance

Resources for students and other community members for spiritual growth, formation, and health.
Worship is central to our life together as a seminary community. It is most meaningful when it is faithful to God’s word revealed in scripture, the movement of the Spirit, the traditions of the Church, and the life of people in this time and place. Our worship celebrates our identity as God’s

Worship is central to our life together as a seminary community.

McCormick students frequently choose to be a part of a local Chicago worshipping community, these are a couple of their favorites

The Chicago area is blessed with an abundance of places to worship. Below is a list of churches, most of which are in the Hyde Park area.

Student Life Gallery

Student Life Gallery

Community Highlights

Photos from community events and activities