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Our vision is that ordained pastors in Methodist churches will be rooted in the Methodist heritage, aware of its significance and seek to creatively and critically give expression to it in their theological and ethical positions, their church life, their mission and in their relationship with the broader society.
In order to fulfil this vision we have developed an internet based distance learning program in Methodist Studies which fulfils and goes beyond the ordination requirements of the United Methodist Church. The courses will be offered in the German and English. In contexts where there is no Methodist seminary candidates for ordination will acquire their theological education at other universities or seminaries. The Methodist Studies Program of the e-Academy will supplement this.
The Methodist e-Academy offers an exceptional opportunity for students to study under faculty persons drawn from Methodist churches across Europe and who are experts in their field. Further it will give students the opportunity of interacting both electronically and personally with students from other European countries. It thus provides not only thorough introduction to Methodism as an academic subject but also enables students to encounter Methodism in its various expressions in Europe and encourages them to learn from the experiences of others in their different contexts.
The e-Academy is planning to begin the next Methodist Studies Program in October 2014. For further information and application forms please download our brochure here.