Student Services and Academic Life

The Seminary offers a family of programs with flexibility to meet the diverse needs of our students. We are sensitive to the unique requirements of students at various stages of life including recent college graduates, second-career seekers and persons in special situations. The new programs offer students community, theological and pastoral formation while at the same time, affording the opportunity to stay closer to home. This balance is achieved by offering internet-based class dialogue and coursework coupled with hands-on congregational ministry and Covenant Group experiences. Our Webinar format allows students and faculty to see each other onscreen and to interact with each other as part of the course dynamic. Through the ministry site and mentoring components of the program, our students learn to interpret and to apply what they are learning to the real-life setting of a congregation. These learning and doing experiences are shared within on-line student Covenant Groups and during week long or weekend-long, face-to-face intensive courses which embrace daily worship and shared meals along with coursework.  All of the academic and ministerial components set a tone of intentional community formation and knowledge development.

Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center (AMERC): Lexington Theological Seminary is a member of this consortium of 40 seminaries which provides academic study for preparation of church leaders who wish to serve in the Appalachian region.

Hispanic Summer Program: The Seminary participates in this ecumenical program in theology and religion. It offers two weeks of study and fellowship with Latina/o peers and professors. This two-week program is held at one of the campuses of its sponsoring schools such as Duke Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary and the Oblate School of Theology.

Student Advising: Lexington Theological Seminary’s core faculty members serve as advisors in all degree programs. The student’s faculty advisor is an invaluable source of support, direction and academic counseling.  Each student is assigned a faculty advisor upon admission.

Succeeding in Seminary: Two courses (one credit each) are designed to launch the student into a successful program of theological study.  The first program provides important insights and assessments in the areas of reading, writing for seminary and research.  A second course delves deeply into the important areas of prayer and praxis, foundational components of the ministerial mission. Through these courses, decades of experience in ministry, teaching and research are shared with students to support and inspire them.

The Lexington Theological Quarterly: This Seminary publication is issued four times each year. It contains lectures and sermons delivered within the Seminary community and scholarly papers prepared by the faculty, other scholars and students. The Quarterly is published only in electronic format. It is e-mailed to all alumni/ae, and in 2011 it will also be available in full text in the ATLA (American Theological Library Association) database and through the ATLASforALUM program.

Bosworth Memorial Library: The library at the Lexington Theological Seminary has over 165,000 volumes and regularly receives over 200 periodicals mostly in English.  LTS also has a library-sharing agreement with the other members of TEAM-A, which have combined resources of over 600,000 books and periodicals.

In addition to the books and journals, Bosworth Library has media resources available in all of the areas of academic study, a number of library guides and an extensive collection other materials relating to the Seminary. Study carrels, a copier, and computer/printer workstations are available for on-site student use throughout the Library building. The Library is a member of the American Theological Library Association and participates in many of their programs and services.

Lexington Environment The Seminary is enriched by its Lexington location, site of the Kentucky Council of Churches and the Regional Office of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky. Lexington is also the center of one of the nation’s highest concentrations of Disciples congregations and an area of historical importance for the Church. Historic Cane Ridge Meeting House Shrine is located in neighboring Bourbon County.

Students visiting Lexington will enjoy this city of over 270,000 residents, set within a countryside that is world famous for its rolling green landscapes and stately horse farms. Lexington enjoys many fine hotels and restaurants within all price ranges to accommodate weekend and week-long student visitors.  A listing of conveniently located hotels is provided at the link below.