The mission of Saint Paul School of Theology is, "To educate leaders to make disciples for Jesus Christ, renew the church, and transform the world." We understand the importance of spiritual foundations to this endeavor, and offer the opportunities listed below for that leadership be developed within the life of the seminary community.
Spiritual formation takes place at many different times and places throughout a student's seminary experience; in a sense, the seminary experience itself is one long act of worship. What does this look like at Saint Paul? Students, faculty, staff, and guests gathering together for shared times of prayer, hearing the scriptures read and taught, singing holy songs from different times and places, praising the Triune God through different liturgies, receiving the Lord's Supper, listening for the Spirit's call to response, confessing our sins and accepting forgiveness, anointing with oil, passing the peace, fasting and feasting, working for justice, caring for creation, and being empowered to serve and make disciples are all part of the mosaic of different acts of spiritual formation and worship in our shared life together. These practices may happen in small groups or in classrooms, in public or in private, in the chapel or outside on the sidewalk, for all these places are holy.
Below are a few examples of spiritually formative experiences a Saint Paul School of Theology student may encounter during her or his degree program:
- Chapel worship services
- Community conversations with faculty and staff on topics of interest
- Workshops and webinars
- Small groups
- Spiritual direction or mentoring
- Courses on spirituality, worship, leadership, ministry, and ethics
- Student-led worship
- Immersion experiences
- Prayer services (e.g., Taizé, compline, vespers, lectio divina, World AIDS Day, etc.)
GREATER KANSAS CITY
At our Greater Kansas City campus, oversight for the spiritual life of the community is offered by the Director of Spiritual Formation, in partnership with the Dean of Students, student interns, faculty, and staff.
During the fall and spring semesters, the community gathers for worship services twice a week on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in the Wesley Covenant Chapel, which is located in the East Building at the Church of the Resurrection. Students, staff, faculty, and others in ministry provide leadership for these times of worship, which also serve as examples for how students may lead worship in diverse contexts, using varied formats. Student-led worship offerings are common, both in chapel and in self-directed events. To view the chapel schedule, please visit the Calendar of Events.
Students who wish to engage more fully in the spiritual life of the campus may enroll in the Chapel Intern course (CTX 390), in which they will work with the Director of Spiritual Formation to plan chapel services for credit. Students, staff, and faculty who enjoy ministering through vocal music may participate in the Saint Paul Choir. Students may take this course for credit (WOR 220), or just volunteer to sing in the group, which performs in chapel throughout the fall and spring semesters, and at Commencement Convocation. In addition, the Order of Saint Luke (OSL) is a student group which is dedicated to sacramental and liturgical scholarship, teaching, and practice. It is an ecumenical order of clergy and laity, so anyone who is interested in the sacramental life is encouraged to participate. Because OSL helps to plan retreats, workshops on spiritual practices, and several chapel services each year, the group is a wonderful opportunity for students to contribute to the spiritual life of the campus.
The Saint Paul community gathers for worship at 11:25 a.m. on Tuesdays in Harris Chapel at Oklahoma City. Students, faculty, staff, alums, and area clergy provide leadership for these services. Eucharist is often celebrated.
The Lord is near; have no anxiety, but in everything make your requests known to God in prayer and petition with thanksgiving. Then the peace of God, which is beyond our utmost understanding, will keep guard over your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus.
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