Students preparing for ordained ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA) can complete all of their ordination requirements during the course of M.Div. study at YDS and graduate fully prepared for ordination and for service within the church and beyond. Presbyterian students can sit for all ordination exams at YDS. Those preparing for ordination in the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church normally register for a course of summer study at a Reformed Church seminary, which combined with a Yale M.Div. degree serves to complete the ordination requirements.
In addition to providing all of the necessary academic preparation, YDS offers a Reformed Studies certificate program that recognizes a course of study in the theological and historical traditions as well as the acquisition of skills for leading worship and preaching. The Reformed Studies program offers the opportunity, beyond classroom work, for students to discuss and debate issues facing Christians in the modern world. The program is entirely voluntary, open to all YDS students, and not for credit. Members of the Presbyterian and Reformed Fellowship also gather over regular luncheon meetings, building strong connections with one another.
“Never did I feel the connectional and community nature of the Christian faith more than I did in the YDS chapel. There, I think, one is exposed to the best of what it means to be Christian—still not perfect, but deeply yearning to respond to the will and voice of God.”
-Ken Hughes ’06 M.Div., Presbyterian Church (USA)