Our Mission

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)

Seminary Faculty in Leadership and Ministry

Priscilla Eppinger preached at First Presbyterian Church in Leon, Iowa, and Heartland Presbyterian Church in Clive, Iowa, during the Lent and Easter seasons.

Dr. Eppinger will be leading a congregational delegation to El Salvador in August 2014.

Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith traveled to Ohio in February to teach a weekend class in the LEADS (Leadership and Discipleship Studies) program on Pauline Letters and Theology.  They will be in Denver, Colorado, in early May to teach Introduction to the New Testament in the SITE (Seminars in Theological Education) program.

This spring they authored a paper for the Theology Formation team titled “Food Fight: Paul, the Corinthians, and Idol Meat.”

At the time of completion, Mark Scherer's doctoral dissertation "A Material Cultural Analysis of the Foundational History of Latter Day Saintism 1820-1844" won the distinction of Honorable Mention (second place) for the University of Missouri at Kansas City. His two most recent works, Journey of a People, published in 2013 have been well received. He is currently working on the third volume.

Dale Luffman led a preaching seminar in February at the Cornerstone Congregation in Independence, Missouri. During the spring, he taught a course on the Hebrew Bible in Nairobi, Kenya, for church leaders in Community of Christ, and led a course on Community of Christ Scriptures in Michigan as part of the SALT curriculum (Studies in Advanced Leadership Training).

He was recently appointed as the Co-convener of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA [NCC].