Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.
Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.
At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we're dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.
At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we care deeply about the health and vitality of local churches, counselors and ministries. We learn, serve and lead best when we do so together. GRTS offers resources for ministries and programs of all sizes, all across Grand Rapids and the country.
Course schedules provide information for on-campus and online class options, as well as the day, time and faculty member for each course. We provide course schedules for at least three semesters in advance to help you plan your program.
Part-time students typically register for two classes each semester. Full-time students typically register for three or four courses each semester. In order to receive financial aid, you must be enrolled in at least five credits.
Our fall and spring semester courses are 15 weeks; two-week intensive classes are offered during the month of January and our summer semester. We also offer online courses every semester.
If you’re planning your courses four years in advance, consult our 2018-22 course planning guides.
Please complete the general information section and the specific section of the course in which you would like to enroll (e.g., program thesis, independent study, independent enrollment, Master of Theology courses, ministry residency, internship or practicum). Submit the form to the Academic Office for signatures. If approved, the Registrar’s Office will automatically register you for the course.
Talking Points hosts a conference every year on GRTS’s campus and features guest speakers such as pastors, ministry leaders and GRTS alumni who are dedicated to sound biblical teaching and community support. Talking Points also features panels and resources available at no cost to attendees. Finally, the Talking Points blog seeks to provide relevant and insightful blogs for pastors and ministry leaders.
The Intercultural Studies Lecture Series (ISLS) inspires listeners to explore topics relevant to intercultural issues from a biblical, theological, and psychological perspective. These lectures feature expert keynote speakers who share their perspectives and research into facets of the intercultural community, inspiring conversation, and change among counselors and ministry leaders alike.
Thursday Evening Bible Class (TEBC) takes place each fall semester and is free and open to the public. These studies are led by one of our GRTS faculty who will faithfully lead you through selected texts and provide insight into Scripture. Lectures from past TEBC classes can be accessed on SoundCloud.
Historically, GRTS chapel services have taken place on a weekly basis during the fall and spring semesters and have been open to the public.
For the Spring 2021 semester, the chapel theme is An Appropriate Peace: Living Into the Shalom of God. Following COVID-19 guidelines, chapel services will look a little different. We will gather for worship on the following dates. Please join us in person or online.
|Jan. 27, 2021||10:45-11:30 a.m.||Dr. John Hilber|
|Feb. 24, 2021||10:45-11:30 a.m.||Dr. Mike Wittmer|
|March 24, 2021||10:45-11:30 a.m.||Dr. Howard Earle|
|April 21, 2021||10:45-11:30 a.m.||Dr. Lisa Taylor|
To listen to audio recordings of past chapel messages, follow GRTS on SoundCloud.
Located on the GRTS campus, the Urban Church Leadership Center (UCLC) is a place for urban pastors to receive support, training and other resources. The UCLC exists to connect urban churches with valuable tools to aid their congregation and grow their impact.
Located on the campus of GRTS, the Hesse Memorial Archaeological Laboratory exists to facilitate research, train students and serve as a platform for public outreach and education. It is named in honor of Prof. Brian C. Hesse (1944-2011) of The Pennsylvania State University, a pioneer in the application of “zooarchaeology” (the archaeology of animal bones) to the field of biblical archaeology and a teacher, mentor, colleague and friend of the current lab director Dr. Jonathan S. Greer.
The Christian Worldview Center promotes the biblical vision of life both inside and outside of Cornerstone University. Internally, the center equips faculty to teach and practice their disciplines from a robustly Christian perspective. Externally, the Christian Worldview Center sponsors Talking Points events for existing and future ministry leaders and conducts seminars for churches, educators and businesspeople. If you would like a Grand Rapids Theological Seminary professor to present a seminar for your church or gathering, email Dr. Michael Wittmer, director of the Christian Worldview Center.
Many followers of Christ fail to see their work as God-honoring and worshipful. It’s time to rethink what you do every day and discover why it matters. The Everyday Works curriculum is designed as an intensive study for small groups and individuals alike who want to understand why their work matters to God and can be used to shape His kingdom. All curriculum materials are available online.
Dr. James Murray Grier (1932-2013) joined the staff of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in 1982, having earned degrees from Baptist Bible College and Seminary, Grace Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary.
Grier served as executive vice president and academic dean for 16 years. In addition, he also held the position of distinguished professor of philosophical theology until 2012.
As we recall his contributions and consider his legacy, we invite you to engage selected resources from his work and ministry.
The Ancient World of the Bible Study Tour is available to all students at GRTS, university alumni and members of the community. Each January, Dr. Jonathan Greer guides a comprehensive tour of important landmarks of the Bible, including places where Jesus preached and taught.
We value ministry leaders in our community and want to support you with resources that you can enjoy and benefit from personally and for your ministry. In addition, we value the opportunity for our campus community to be able to engage with you as a ministry leader when you are on campus. As a thank you for all you do as a ministry leader, we offer the benefits listed below as part of the Ministry Leaders Passport program.
To obtain a passport, you must be currently serving in full-time ministry at a local church or nonprofit organization. Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Student Senate Leadership Team is a representative group of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary students who serve the needs of the student body.