CFTS Directed Study on Congregational History and Polity
There are two main components of the directed study: (1) the directed study in which you complete readings from a provided book list and submit required papers; (2) attendance at the Boston Seminar for Congregational History and Polity. The goal of each is to provide you with a strong background in the tradition in which you will practice your ministries.
The board learning objectives of the Directed Study are to help students:
- gain a working knowledge of the history of Congregationalism
- understand the Separatist and Puritan theology and influences on Congregationalism
- translate the knowledge of Congregational history and polity into praxis
- demonstrate scholarship when engaging Congregational tradition
During a portion of the Directed Study you will spend 5 days in Boston. You will visit Plymouth, Massachusetts and spend time at the Congregational Library and Archives for research. You will gather in the evenings to explore issues of praxis in Congregational Ministry.