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Unexpected Ministry

Unexpected Ministry by Susan King Stepping on to the floor of my tiny apartment, thoughts of my perceived “ministry” are revealed daily.  Through the haze of less than optimal sleep, seeking coffee heightens my awareness for my newest discoveries.  Initially, I did...

Student Spotlight: Débora Viana

GST Student Spotlight: Débora Viana     Débora is from  Pernambuco (state), Brazil. She completed an undergraduate degree in IT from UNICAMP and she is now a master’s student at ACU, pursuing both a MA in Theology and a MS in Social Work. Her...

Alumni Spotlight: Bob Kessler

Meet Bob (pictured with wife, Anne, a current GST student)! Read on to learn more about his time in the GST and how he is using both his masters in psychology and Master of Divinity(M.Div.). What degree(s) did you pursue at ACU and what year did you graduate? I first...

A word from our associate dean, Dr. Tim Sensing

Beginning my 21styear with the Graduate School of Theology I am reminded again how wonderful it is to welcome new students who are seeking advanced training for all sorts of ministry endeavors. Whether it be preaching, pastoral care, social justice initiatives,...

ACU students represent CSART at Logos conference

Four ACU students (three current GST students) with CSART affiliations attended the Logos conference in Oxford this summer: Brianna Rideout, Dominique Rideout, Ethan Laster, Nathan Jowers. The Logos in Oxford conference supports undergraduate and graduate students and...

Student Spotlight: Tiffany Dahlman

In June, we welcomed the newest Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) cohort to campus. One of the students in this cohort is Tiffany Dahlman. Tiffany is an inspiration to many and we know you will enjoy getting to know a small piece of her story. Tiffany graduated from York...

The Sermon is Due on Sunday

One night while hastily completing homework to meet a looming 11:59 pm deadline, I encountered a fit of frustration mingled with panic unlike any I’d endured before. But before divulging the details of my meltdown, allow me to provide some background: In...

GST Awards Chapel 2018

  Each year, the GST graduates, faculty, and staff gather for an awards chapel. This is a time of blessing, encouragement, and affirmation of our student’s gifts and talents. Continue reading to discover the 2018 GST Award recipients and to get to know two...
Life in Abilene, Texas

Life in Abilene, Texas

What is it like to live in Abilene, Texas?  Abilene is known for having a small town feel while also being a relatively large town! It’s actually one of the larger towns in West Texas and is home to approximately 120,000 folks. The area is growing with new movie...
On Vocation

On Vocation

On Vocation As I approach the impending deadline of the “rest of my life,” the question of vocation haunts me like a Dickensian specter. The more I am asked the question, the larger it looms, building up an intolerable pressure. Posing such a question inevitably...

Can I Afford Graduate School at ACU?

Recognizing that graduate studies can be an intimidating expense, we are dedicated to helping you pursue a degree without a heavy financial burden. We recently reduced our tuition costs to make the financial investment in a ministry degree at ACU comparable to similar...

A Word from Associate Dean, Dr. Tim Sensing

A word from our Associate Dean, Dr. Tim Sensing The 2017-2018 academic year is coming to a close. I am completing my twentieth year with the Graduate School of Theology and the past five years as the chief academic officer. Through my time here I do not self-identify...

Diversity Within Unity

Diversity Within Unity Ever since taking a Christology course during my undergraduate years, I have loved dwelling on the ways human beings are to reflect God as images of God. More specifically, I enjoy pondering the ways in which the Church, as an aggregate of...

Alumni Spotlight: Chris Smith

Alumni Spotlight: Chris Smith (D.Min., ’08) Chris Smith grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and since then has been active in ministry in Tennessee as well as Kentucky and Texas. He received his BA from Lipscomb University, a M.Div from Harding School of Theology and...
The Grace of God

The Grace of God

The Grace of God Every year on Ash Wednesday, those of us in the Christian tradition who follow the Revised Common Lectionary get the same set of passages read to our congregations as we, in our liturgies, remind people that they are dust and to dust they shall return...
Food & the Kingdom of God

Food & the Kingdom of God

Food & the Kingdom of God Part 3 of 3 Read Part 1 and Part 2 here! Spend a short time reading Scripture and quickly we discover food becomes a place where people encounter God. To name a few: Abraham welcoming three strangers, Moses and the elders eating with God...
Concerning Palaver

Concerning Palaver

Concerning Palaver Just like you and everyone else, I want to be heard. Just like you and everyone else, I am convinced that I have something to say. Yet who can hear a single voice when there is so much shouting? The answer is here, scribbled in my moleskin journal,...
My ACU Campus

My ACU Campus

My ACU Campus Having completed four semesters in the Masters of Divinity program, perhaps it is a fine time to pause and offer a brief reflection on my experience thus far.  My campus is a spare bedroom in my West Virginia home resting, as many West Virginia houses...
Reflecting on the Past Year

Reflecting on the Past Year

Reflecting on the Past Year Using the New Year as a time to reflect has always captivated me and reflecting on 2017 has even more so because so much has happened personally. For the first time in my life, I moved out of my hometown and I have been challenged scholarly...

Reading Scripture in the Context of a Neighborhood

Reading Scripture in the Context of a Neighborhood Part 2 of 3 A few years ago, I was sitting with Anna Carter Florence when the question was posed concerning how we read Scripture. I do not remember fully what Florence said, except that she was wondering if the...

On the Training of Ministers

On the Training of Ministers Pete Ward’s new book Introducing Practical Theology: Mission, Ministry, and the Life of the Church (Baker Academic, 2017), emphasizes throughout the importance of the church and the lived experience of the community of faith. Ward...