The Centre for Christian Studies (CCS), located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been training women and men for ministry since 1892. Its roots are in the Deaconess training schools of the Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian and later United Churches. Students on a path toward diaconal ministry – a ministry of compassion and justice-seeking grounded in the example of Jesus who “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45) – appreciate CCS’s values of community, diversity, creativity, and right relationships.
The 4 year, full time program, is offered in a dispersed model. Students do not need to relocate to Winnipeg. As a result students bring their lived experience from all across the country to the program. The cycle begins with the Leadership Development Module, a two week intensive course. It is followed by three theme years, Pastoral Care, Educational Ministry and Social Justice. In each of these years students attend two learning circles (in Winnipeg) and have a supervised practice of ministry in or near their home community. Students also must complete 8 courses from another theological school. The final 6 months of the program is the Integrating Year. In addition to two learning circles, this is an opportunity to meet individual learning goals.
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The Leadership Development Module and each of the Theme Years can be taken as a certificate as continuing education, or, in some circumstances, as credit toward a degree program at another theological school.
For more information on the History of the Centre for Christian Studies visit the CCS website.
The Centre for Christian Studies (CCS) collaborates with St. Stephen’s College, in Edmonton and the University of WinnipegFaculty of Theology to offer a diploma/degree programs leading to either a Bachelor or Master degree in Diaconal Ministry. These programs require students to complete academic work in addition to the four year diploma program offered at CCS. It is an option for students, and not required to meet the United Church’s criteria for commissioning as a Diaconal Minister. CCS graduates can enroll in these programs after graduation, although some restrictions apply.
For more information on these programs, visit the Centre for Christian Studies at www.ccsonline.ca/ or phone at 204.783.4490.