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Partnerships Overview

Partnerships Overview

 

Our mission statement commits us to delivering theological education "with and for the church". We understand this reality our training is most effective when we do it in conjunction with parachurch organizations and local churches. Our partnerships are one of the ways we strengthen our joint kingdom impact. As a Western student from one of our partner organizations, you’ll benefit from lower tuition costs and the ability to contextualize your training for the ministry you’re already serving in. 

What are Partnerships?

Partnerships allow students from a church or organization to pursue training at Western Seminary with a tuition discount. Taking advantage of Western's accessible scheduling options, pastors, leaders, and church members can pursue theological education without leaving their place of ministry.

10 - 25% Scholarship
based on number of students from your church or organization

Accessible Scheduling
means you train for ministry without leaving your ministry

Diverse Degree Options
for a variety of ministry roles

Partner Churches

Organization Ministry Partners

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a minimum number of students attending Western Seminary that churches must meet?

To establish a new church partnership with Western Seminary, a church must have a minimum of five students who will attend Western. The goal of having a minimum number of students is to encourage both the church and Western Seminary to have a vested interest in the partnership.

With a minimum of five students, what are the church’s obligations?

Western's hope with partner churches is that they would remain actively engaged in the lives of the students they are either financially supporting or encouraging to attend Western. This could look like meeting with the students regularly for prayer, discussing what they are learning in class, etc.

What if the number drops below the minimum requirement of students?

We understand this can happen for various reasons as students have unexpected life circumstances arise. The goal would be to start with five or more students when entering a partnership with Western and to determine an agreed-upon length of time for the partnership to be initially established and then reviewed. If the number of students drops below a certain percentage when the partnership is up for review, we will engage in a conversation together to discern the best path forward. We understand each church partnership is unique and we treat it as such to ensure ongoing mutual collaboration and benefit.

When the initial group of students in the church partnership agreement complete their degrees, does the number still have to remain at a minimum of five students for the partnership to continue?

After the initial group that began within the partnership finishes their programs, we would revisit the partnership together to discern if the partnership served its intended purpose, or if there are more students who may benefit from a continued partnership. When the number of students within the church partnership significantly changes, the percentage discount will reflect the change. This would continue to be an ongoing conversation between the church and Western.

In a church partnership, are there any obligations for the church?

In a church partnership, the churches are held to no obligations other than an encouragement that churches would remain invested in the lives of the students they are sending to Western. We would, however, encourage churches in an active partnership with Western to provide a link from their church website to the Western Seminary website in some form or fashion and invite us to attend church events to set up a booth to help promote Western, if and when appropriate.

How long is the partnership typically structured for?

Typically, we structure partnerships to last the average length of the program. For example, if a group of five students from a church desire to all start the Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies program, it takes full-time students two years on average to complete it. For part-time students, it takes four years on average to complete it. As such, the original partnership agreement would likely last two to three years (depending on whether full-time or part-time status for most of the students in the partnership) with an opportunity to review and revisit the partnership after that timeframe.

Assuming that many or some of the students are part-time students and full-time workers, is there a minimum time period for students to complete a degree? Is there flexibility in that time period?

Great question! Many Western Seminary students work either part-time or full-time jobs while completing their degrees. As such, there is great flexibility for students completing their degrees. The MABTS, alongside most master's-level programs, has a five-year limit for when students must complete their degree.

What kind of tuition discount can churches expect when entering a church partnership?

Most church partnerships provide anywhere between a 10% - 15% tuition discount to eligible students.

Can churches contribute monetarily to support the students they are encouraging to attend Western?

Yes! Western seeks to encourage churches that can invest monetarily in the lives of the students they send to Western to do so. We believe in church partnerships so much so that we offer an additional 5% match for the base tuition discount rate. For example, if a church partnership was established at a 15% tuition discount and a church wanted to give 5% to bring the total discount to 20% for the students, Western would match that 5%, bringing the total discount for students up to 25%!

 

Interested in setting up a church partnership?

Dan Kimball
Dan Kimball
Vice President of Church Mission and Strategy
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