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

  • A place to be

    Oct 15, 2014 | The Discipleship Project

    By Heath Jones | For four years I took something for granted that I have since learned to cherish. That is, community. Community simply happened around me in my four years of undergrad education. I could venture out into the hallway of my dormitory at any moment to find life and energy. Friendships developed and were sustained with little effort because paths crossed organically.

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  • Letting go and creating community

    Aug 20, 2014 | The Discipleship Project

    By Nathan Kibler | Putting myself into a group of strangers wasn’t new to me when I joined The Discipleship Project (TDP). In 2008 I flew to Northern Ireland to be a part of a group of young people answering a call in their life to see what great things God is doing in the world. It was my first real experience with intentional community, and it completely changed my life.

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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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