School of Christian Vocation and Mission at Princeton Theological Seminary
The School of Christian Vocation and Mission is the continuing education arm of Princeton Theological Seminary. Each year, we sponsor dozens of educational events, many taught by the seminary's faculty, for pastors, ministers, lay leaders, members of Christian congregations, and the general public. Our events include retreats, lecture series, and courses that vary in length from one to five days on the seminary's campus, or at other sites around the country. All of our events blend theological, ethical, or biblical study with discussion of how to faithfully apply these subjects in today's church and world. In the 2009/2010 academic year, the School of Christian Vocation and
Mission offered more than 60 educational events at 10 different
locations for nearly 2,400 ministers and interested lay people. Our
annual assessment, which includes more detail, is available for download
We strive to be a place for rigorous theological reflection that is also directly applicable to serving the church – a place to study, be renewed, and leave challenged to connect theology with practice. We accomplish these goals by listening to a diverse set of partners in the pulpit, pew, denominational leadership, and in seminaries as we design our programs. We try to identify the real needs of those in the field and develop programs that help participants grow as Christian leaders.
In 2009, we changed our name from the Center of Continuing Education to the School of Christian Vocation and Mission as a sign of our discerned call to ministry – continuing the formation and renewal of pastors and lifting up the lives of congregations. The new name represents our renewed focus on helping individuals understand their Christian calling, or vocation, and empowering them to actualize that calling in the mission field of ministry and daily life.
Finally, we offer excellent, technology-equipped conference facilities, complete with conference support services, for purposes of educational conferences and retreats.
More information about some of our long-standing programs can be found on the sites of the Institute for Youth Ministry, the Hispanic Leadership Program, the Engle Institute for Preaching, and the Science for Ministry Institute.
Please feel free to e-mail us with comments or questions.