Student Services

The goal of the Department of Student Services at Memphis Theological Seminary is to provide general care of students, including their academic, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being.

Department Information
Dir. Barry Anderson
Location: Founders-1st Floor
Phone: (901)334-5806
Email: studentservices@memphisseminary.edu

Student Services at MTS assists with:

  • Coordination of pastoral care services and counseling, in conjunction with the MTS faculty and chaplain.
  • Referrals to experienced spiritual directors.
  • Information about community activities involving students, including Voter Registration, Constitution Day, and Student Government events.
  • Coordination of preaching opportunities for students.
  • Vocational discernment, career planning, and employment strategies.
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  • Employment opportunities for current students while enrolled.
  • Securing permanent job placement for graduating students.
  • Advocacy for students who are members of groups that have been disadvantaged in employment because of their race, ethnicity, gender, and/or disability.
  • ATS Profiles of Ministry assessments.
  • ATS Entering and Exiting Student Questionnaires.
  • Dissemination of the MTS statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the MTS code of conduct.
  • Coordination of programs designed to assist students develop and improve writing skills, focusing on research, documentation, and composition.
  • Coordination of commuter housing in conjunction with the Department of Facilities and Safety.
  • Support and services to International students.
  • Support and services to students with disabilities.

New students must complete the ATS Profiles of Ministry Entering and graduating students must complete Exiting Student Questionnaires. The Profiles of Ministry program helps those preparing for ministry discern areas of strength and areas in which they might want to grow, as well as their styles of ministry and preferred ministerial settings.

New students will be considered for scholarships if they are accepted on or before the early application deadline. The early application deadline for the fall is May 31st and Spring November 30. Current students may apply for scholarships on or before May 30.

Campus Student Groups

Baptist Student Fellowship

Thanks to the generous support of an MTS Alum, the Baptist Student Fellowship hosts an annual lunch where MTS’s Baptist students (National Baptist, Missionary Baptist, Alliance of Baptists, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, American Baptist, and many more!) gather for fellowship and formation. All Baptist students welcome!

Methodist House of Studies

Now our Methodist students (37% of the student body) can add another element to their seminary experience: a deeply Wesleyan theological formation within the larger MTS environment. The Methodist House of Studies is a new initiative on our campus that will serve as a “community within a community” for students from Wesleyan/Methodist backgrounds.

Women Student Fellowship

MTS has played a historic role in advocacy for women in theological education and women in ministry. We are proud of our female students and are committed to supporting them through seminary and beyond. A program of the Student Senate, Women in Ministry meets monthly over brown-bag lunches and offers a community of encouragement, practical guidance, and opportunities to develop informal mentoring relationships with established female ministers. All female students are welcome to attend!

Women in Ministry Brown Bag Lunch Meetings
Where: Cumberland 102,
When: 12p-1pm, First Monday of the month
October 3, November 7, February 6, March 6, and April 3

Cumberland Presbyterian Student Fellowship

The Cumberland Presbyterian Student Fellowship gathers once or twice a semester. All CP students, staff, and faculty are invited. A meal is shared and a guest speaks. Sometimes we hear from denominational leaders, sometimes pastors, sometimes others with specialized practical knowledge to share, but we always enjoy the time together and see our ministries — both current and future —  strengthened.