ISP – MDiv - Master of Divinity by Extension (Indigenous Studies Program)
The Indigenous Studies Program MDiv by Extension (ISP – MDiv) is the only degree program for persons engaged in ministry in First Nations communities that is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in Canada and the United States. At the present time, the program includes students from the Anglican Church of Canada, Presbyterian in Canada, and United Church in Canada and several denominations in the United States.
PARTNERSHIP WITH FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES AND CHURCHES
This innovative degree program was developed in partnership with First Nations people. The primary location and context for learning is the community in which the student lives and serves. This context is crucial for the student’s effective engagement with the social, cultural, political, and religious values of First Nations communities. Denominational authorities are also indispensable partners. They nominate candidates and provide the necessary infrastructure for the delivery of the degree program.
Throughout their enrollment in the degree program, students normally continue to exercise some congregational ministry. In this fashion, students need not leave their cultural context, and their communities are not deprived of individuals who are already providing congregational leadership.