At MLTS, we do not think ourselves into new ways of being. Rather, we act ourselves into new ways of thinking and being.Dr. Sharon Welch, Affiliated faculty
In 2009, MLTS significantly changed the way we organized and delivered our curriculum. We moved from a residential format to a low-residency, integrated education model rooted in contextual learning—learning by doing. The education at MLTS, which is deeply transformational, is grounded firmly in acting, not just in reading and thinking about it.
In the first year at MLTS, whether you are enrolled in the MDiv program or MALS program, internship at a non-profit organization is required. We’ll help you choose a site that stretches you, that forces you to cross boundaries. Everyone is challenged to find a site that would get you work with a population that you haven’t worked with before. You will learn about them not just by reading about them but by being with them, and learning from the people you are serving.
If you are called to ordained ministry and enrolled in our MDiv program, you will serve at a congregation as an intern for your second and third years in the program. You will learn the bedrock of congregational ministry from being involved, absorbing in the congregation and doing the work. Our students study the theory of church administration or theory of worship, while helping administration and leading worship in real life. That’s our integrated learning model: pastoral care, fundraising, religious education and what it means in a congregation—you’ll learn it as you do it. It will give you an immediate reflection.
Excerpts from an introduction by Dr. Sharon Welch, Affliated Faculty, at 25 Hours @ ML: Prospective Student Conference