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Wesley Theological Seminary Annual Conference Report 2021

For the world, 2020 was a year like no other. In the midst of a global pandemic, resurgent racism, mass unemployment, and politically challenging times in the US, Wesley remained committed to fostering wisdom and courage, preparing graduates to lead innovative ministries while remaining grounded in our biblical and theological traditions for the sake of God’s inbreaking kingdom. Here are some of the ways we are accomplishing that with our many partners in this mission.

Research projects support congregational community engagement and envision future ministry

Wesley is pleased to announce new opportunities for UMC congregations to explore, clarify, and pursue thriving in their communities. The Source Collaborative is working with three cohorts of regional congregations in a two-year process of prayer, community engagement, congregational visioning, and coaching. The Religious Workforce Project studies religious work in congregations across several denominations to understand current and future needs and to adapt resources and training accordingly.

The Wesley Innovation Hub has worked with 18 congregations in the greater D.C. area to connect with young adults outside the church. These projects, all funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc, grants, forge insight into future ministry and local church development, influencing the way students are trained and informing resources for church leaders working in their communities across the country.

Using research and partnerships to reach and equip the next generation of ministers

Wesley is ready to work with you as we make theological education more accessible and relevant to the realities of ministry today. Wesley offers an 81-hour Master of Divinity, a 36-hour Master of Arts, and a 60-hour Master of Theological Studies, any of which can be focused on specializations in public theology, urban ministry, arts and theology, missional church, children and youth ministry and advocacy, or African American church leadership. Courses are available in person, online, and in intensive hybrid formats. Info at

Wesley provides $2 million annually in scholarships via regular merit awards, ranging from 25% to 100% tuition with stipends, including full-tuition scholarships for people recommended by WTS alumni, campus ministers, or Christian service ministries; Next Call in Ministry scholarships for students working in a non-ministry setting for at least 10 years; and Generación Latinx Scholarships for emerging Latinx leaders for ministries within and beyond the church. Our Community Engagement Fellows program prepares students to engage in entrepreneurial, community-based ministry, with a generous stipend available for each Fellow.

Take your ministry to the next level
The Certificate for Children and Youth Ministry and Advocacy (CYMA) is a non-residential certificate completed in 12 - 15 months via online classes and up to two residential sessions ( The Certificate in Faith and Public Life explores the foundations of public theology, religious freedom, and civil discourse (

Wesley’s premiere Doctor of Ministry programs include three new 2022 tracks: Ministry in a Digital Age; Justice, Compassion, and Witness in a Turbulent World (Cambridge, UK); and a program focused on Latinx ministry. We are also offering 2022 cohorts for popular DMin areas of focus: Military and CPE Chaplains, Global Church Leadership program, and “Church Leadership Excellence.” Visit

Enrich your congregational outreach and explore new dimensions of ministry
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership conducts leading edge research for the local church. The Lewis Center’s Leading Ideas e-newsletter is the go-to source for over 20,000 people in ministry each week. Subscribe at

The Community Engagement Institute embraces a vibrant vision to be the premier center for churches and faith-based organization engaging their communities. The innovative online Health Minister Certificate Program prepares congregations for public health work in their parishes. Contact: Dr. Tom Pruski,

The Center for Public Theology equips pastors, seminarians, people of faith, and the media to create spaces for civil dialogue at the intersection of religion and politics. Visit

The Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion works with students, religious communities, artists, and scholars exploring the intersection of the arts and theology. Visit

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