For two centuries, Disciples theological institutions, colleges and universities have trained Disciples leaders to think clearly and rationally and to minister to the world around them. While those first instructors and students might not recognize modern campuses, those classic values live on in the 21st century.
Higher Education & Leadership Ministries (HELM), a general ministry of the church, coordinates the church’s relationship with higher education institutions and also works with more than 140 campus ministries to help students keep their Disciples identity during their formative college years.
Fourteen Disciples undergraduate institutions serve nearly 27,000 students in a wide variety of settings – from rural college towns with several hundred students to a metropolitan setting with almost 9,000 students. Despite those differences, these schools all share a commitment to the church, emphasize spiritual faith and values, and cherish a commitment to a liberal-arts education. Learn more about these institutions from HELM. These institutions receive denominational support through Disciples Mission Fund and the Thanksgiving Special Day Offering.
- Barton College
- Bethany College
- Chapman University
- Columbia College
- Culver-Stockton College
- Drury University
- Eureka College
- Hiram College
- Jarvis Christian College
- University of Lynchburg
- Midway University
- Texas Christian University
- Transylvania University
- William Woods University
Seven Disciples theological institutions educate ministers for thousands of Disciples congregations as well as for other denominations. Located in large metropolitan areas, these schools serve as theological, spiritual, and intellectual centers. Learn more about these institutions in Learn more about these institutions from HELM. These institutions receive denominational support through Disciples Mission Fund and the Thanksgiving Special Day Offering.
- Brite Divinity School
- Christian Theological Seminary
- Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago
- Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt University
- Disciples Seminary Foundation
- Lexington Theological Seminary
- Phillips Theological Seminary
Historically Related Undergraduate Institutions
Three other colleges and universities maintain historic relationships with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). These institutions do not receive DMF funding.
Associate Theological Institutions
Three additional theological institutions have associate affiliations with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). These institutions do not receive DMF funding.