Prepare to serve in your Denomination or tradition

Iliff strives for a diverse community that will be supporting, challenging, and transforming. Iliff is related to The United Methodist Church, but its distinctive character is also derived from its commitment as an ecumenical, inter-religious institution. The largest percentage of students comes from The United Methodist Church. However, more than 30 other denominations and faith traditions are represented among the student body.

Students from these many traditions worship together in the Iliff chapel and attend the same courses, allowing for lively interdenominational and interfaith discussion. Services are planned and conducted by students, faculty, staff, or outside guests to provide opportunities for spiritual renewal and to help build community across denominations.

Vocations in ministry take many forms and are called by a variety of names. Iliff supports preparation for ministry for a number of different denominations through its three professional degree programs, the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics, and Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care. Iliff also offers many required denominational courses in history, doctrine, and polity.

Specific requirements and decisions regarding ordination or other certifications are managed by each of their denominations. Students are encouraged to learn their denominational processes and requirements and to use this knowledge in selecting their degree program and courses.

While Iliff makes assessments concerning academic preparation, professional skills, and moral and spiritual fitness for ministry, the student denomination makes independent judgments about fitness and readiness for ordination, certification and employment.

Information about Specific Denominations

United Methodist Church
Episcopal Church/Anglican Studies
Lutheran Church in America
United Church of Christ
Unitarian Universalist
American Baptist Church
Presbyterian Church
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

For students in denominations and traditions other than those listed, courses may be provided which deal with the history, doctrine and polity of such denominations. Requests for additional courses can be presented to the academic vice president/dean. Contact admissions@iliff.edu or your academic advisor for more information.

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