The Discipleship Project

A groundbreaking approach to theological education inspired by Jesus’ pedagogy in the New Testament Gospels


How would Jesus teach? It’s a question Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) seeks to answer anew with its launch of The Discipleship Project.

In the fall semester of 2012, CTS began offering 12 scholarships for full-time, residential M.Div. students, including tuition and a $12,000 annual stipend. In addition to their regular M.Div. coursework, each year’s cohort of scholars will meet regularly with two faculty mentors, engage outstanding community leaders, and visit vibrant congregations to learn first-hand about what works—and what doesn’t—in Christian ministry today.

“According to the Gospels, the ‘school’ Jesus had in mind was often in the field and on the move,” said CTS President Matthew Myer Boulton. “It was immersive, experiential, and grounded in the idea that learning happens best through mission and mentorship. And so it took the form of a relatively small group – the word ‘disciple’ means ‘student’ – learning together with Jesus, and then staying connected with each other in ministry along the way.”

We invite you to explore this site:
• learn how to apply
• meet the current cohort and mentors
• read more about the project
• visit the project's blog and news page for insights into their learning


Featured Posts

  • Building community

    Jul 16, 2014 | The Discipleship Project

    By Reuben Sancken | I'm very grateful for this gift of The Discipleship Project (TDP). Not only has it given me the opportunity to leave seminary with no additional student debt, but it has also provided me a chance to develop community with a diverse group of people. When I was accepted into TDP, I was in the midst of living in an intentional community in Minneapolis, MN.

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  • Transition into seminary

    Jun 18, 2014 | The Discipleship Project

    By Abigail Harper | Through a chance encounter and the persistence of a dear friend, I finally answered a call to ministry and applied for The Disciples Project (TDP) at Christian Theological Seminary. My husband and I packed up and moved from Wilson, NC, to Carmel, IN. With two happy dogs, one terrified cat, one rental truck with car in tow, and miles and miles of highway ahead of us, we finally made it.

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Featured News

  • Posted Oct 14, 2013 The Discipleship Project

    Second cohort of TDPers announced

    Christian Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the second cohort of students selected for The Discipleship Project, a groundbreaking experiment in theological education at CTS. All in their first year of the M.Div. degree program, these new “TDPers” hail from states as far away as California, Florida, and Colorado, as well as Indiana.

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  • Posted Mar 15, 2013 The Discipleship Project

    First twelve TDPers launch new program at CTS

    The first go at any new project is usually somewhat experimental. The first cohort selected for Christian Theological Seminary’s new Discipleship Project (they call themselves TDPers) is embracing the opportunity to test the project’s goals of community building and spiritual formation.

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