About the Program
In response to the church's need for new lay ministers grounded in theology, the Diocese of Lansing developed a program for the formation of church leaders in 1995 under the direction of Bishop Kenneth Povish. Siena Heights University was invited to provide the academic credits in undergraduate theology for the new Diocesan Ministry Formation Program. Siena Heights was chosen because of its history of successfully meeting the needs of the non-traditional/adult student, as well as its commitment to making programs accessible, affordable and attainable.
Since 1995 the Diocesan Ministry Formation Program and Siena Heights University have received firm and unwavering support of both Bishop Carl Mengeling and Bishop Earl Boyea. Contracts have been renewed in 2000, 2005 and again in 2010 for another five-year cycle.
The Program in Theological Studies is an academic program consisting of 36 credit hours. Siena Heights University provides the 12 theology courses in theological studies required by the Diocese. The University provides the qualified adjunct faculty. Currently the theology courses are offered in Chelsea, Ann Arbor, Flint, Jackson and Lansing. These theology courses can also be used as a major for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theological Studies.
By awarding academic credit for the theology courses, potential church ministers are assured of receiving a quality education that meets the standards of those institutions of higher education delivering academic credit-bearing courses. An important outcome of the theological studies is that persons in church leadership gain confidence, marketability and credibility in their ministerial and professional environment.
For a printable brochure of the Theological Studies Program, click here.