The Community of Christ Seminary is solidly grounded in the Christian faith and shaped by its religious heritage and tradition. This tradition understands that God's will and purpose for the world and the church continue to emerge out of the process of faithful response to human need. We affirm that the people of God are called to live in community with all creation, and that peace and justice are the touchstones by which the gospel of Jesus Christ is enfleshed.
The mission of the seminary is to educate and prepare — through prayerful scholarship, teaching, service and mentoring — faithful, creative and discerning leaders for ministries in congregations, church and the world. "[S]eek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning even by study and also by faith. (Doctrine and Covenants, 85:36)
A Message from the Dean
It’s a privilege for me to serve and teach at Community of Christ Seminary at Graceland University. It is a mission and community I love.
The world is changing. Seminary is no longer just for professional ministers. Disciples and ministers come in every profession and walk of life. Christ’s life of calling and purpose summons each of us to follow him in mission — retirees, nurses, teachers, playwrights, retail professionals, graphic designers, and business owners. These describe who our seminary students and graduates are.
Community of Christ Seminary is for everyday people with an uncommon call to journey with God. What we offer is a life-changing process of formation by study and by faith. Our accredited online two-year Master of Arts in Religion through Graceland University offers formation in Christian scripture, tradition and mission. Our committed faculty come from accredited schools and have their terminal degrees. They, too, are experienced ministers and scholars in their chosen fields.
The online classroom is supplemented with two one-week focus sessions every year at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri. This week together in sacred space is for building community through corporate worship, spiritual practices and face-to-face class time with classmates and faculty. Our students and graduates are the salt and leaven of their communities and local congregations, in their professions and in their families.
We are an uncommon community with a call to follow Christ into the world.