Why study at Presbyterian College?
Presbyterian College has a long and proud history. While most of its graduates have gone on to serve congregations within Canada and around the world, others have chosen ministries in chaplaincy, politics, academia and business. One of our most famous graduates is James Naismith, the founder of basketball.
We believe there are many reasons to choose Presbyterian College:
1. Our Focus: Our primary objective is centered on the mission of God in the world. We believe our task is to equip and nurture missional leaders who in turn will equip and nurture the people of God to witness faithfully and cogently as Christians in the world.
2. Affordability: On average, fees at Presbyterian College are much lower than at many other seminaries in Canada. This is due to the fact that the province of Quebec has maintained lower tuition fees than many other provinces. Combined with bursaries from Presbyterian College, the financial advantages of studying at Presbyterian College are significant.
3. Intellectual Engagement: Presbyterian’s affiliation with the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill means that students are able to engage with faculty who excel in their area of research. In addition to McGill faculty, students also engage with the faculty of The Montreal School of Theology and Presbyterian College who bring years of ministry experience to the classroom.
4. Practical Experience: Our In Ministry Year provides students with an entire year dedicated to learning the basics of various ministry skills as well as providing the theological grounding required for congregational and other forms of ministry.
5. Community: Christian community is a central part of who we are. Students gather weekly for worship, meet together in small groups, and develop friendships that go beyond their time at Presbyterian College.
6. Diversity: The context of an ecumenical consortium along with the rich variety of students in a university setting provides for a rich diversity of thought and experience.
7. Personal Growth: Presbyterian College understands the importance of personal formation in pursuing a call to ministry. Ministry is not only about what we know but about who we are. We seek to develop leaders who are credible, whose faith and actions are interwoven.
8. Flexibility: Courses at the College can be taken either part-time of full-time. Students can begin their studies by taking evening or weekend courses through The Montreal School of Theology Certificate Program.
9. Global Experience: Each year, students in the In Ministry Year travel to Cuba to engage in discussion with leaders and students in the church in Cuba to explore the gospel outside of their own context. These discussions and encounters provide for a rich opportunity to think more deeply about mission and the gospel.
10. Location: Montreal is a rich and diverse city. It provides for a unique setting within Canada and a great place to study and prepare for ministry.