Mark Davidhizar (’20)
The Urban Cohort program is a special way of benefitting from a GRTS experience. My only regret is that we cannot spend even more time together as we continue to grow in our life of ministry.
Urban Cohort ProgramMaking a Difference
in Urban Contexts
Urban Cohort Program
Since 2008, the Urban Cohort program at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary has faithfully cultivated ministry leaders who are called to serve in urban contexts, whether it be in Grand Rapids or across the country. This community-based cohort is designed for diverse individuals who desire to delve deeper into the heart of Scripture, all while being supported by their cohort along the way. Members of the Urban Cohort also benefit from several scholarship opportunities to help them graduate with little to no debt.
The program is built around seven core courses in Bible and theology which are the foundation of the master’s degree program at GRTS. Students with accredited undergraduate degrees will complete the core courses and four additional classes to receive either a Master of Arts in ministry leadership or Master of Arts in biblical studies degree. Students without a complete undergraduate degree may apply the seven core courses to one of several bachelor’s degrees offered by the Professional & Graduate Studies division of Cornerstone University. This flexibility allows ministry leaders from various academic backgrounds to further their theological education.
Urban Cohort students have the opportunity to receive scholarships of up to 65%. The cohort program requires only one course per semester and can be incorporated into any other program at GRTS.
Israel Study Tour
Urban Cohort students have the opportunity to study abroad on the Israel, Palestine & Jordan trip that takes place every January. Members of the Urban Cohort can attend at a minimized cost and can fulfill course credit through the trip.
The cohort model of this program allows for seminary students to build lasting relationships during their time at GRTS. Students in the Urban Cohort will learn alongside each other throughout their degree program and access quality academic resources in the process.
To begin the application process to join the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Urban Cohort Program, complete the free application form.