Apply to a CPT Fellowship
Pulling together a diverse group of evangelical pastor-theologians from across the country (LA to Boston, Michigan to Clearwater), our two Fellowships include representation from the Free Church, Presbyterian, Anglican, Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Messianic Jewish, Pentecostal and independent Bible church traditions.
The CPT continues to seek qualified pastors for our Fellowships. Below, please find links to our Fellowship prospectus, which contain an overview of the CPT, our Fellowships, and our Symposia. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Gerald Hiestand at ghiestand [at] saet-online.org prior to submitting an application.
The Center for Pastor Theologians (CPT) is an organization dedicated to assisting pastor-theologians in producing biblical and theological scholarship for the renewal of orthodox theology, for the renewal of the church.
Operating within the historic evangelical tradition, the CPT believes the contemporary bifurcation between the pastoral calling and theological formation has resulted in the loss of a distinctly ecclesial voice in orthodox theology. The CPT seeks to resurrect this voice. In an age that has rightly emphasized the relationship between social location and theological formation, our vision is to bring together a unique kind of pastor-theologian—not simply those particular pastors who desire to pursue a theologically informed parish ministry, but even more, pastors and priests who feel called to function as writing theologians to the broader ecclesial community.
Armed with the conviction that pastors can—indeed must—once again serve as the church’s most important theologians, it is the aim of the CPT to provide a context of theological engagement for those pastors who desire to make ongoing contributions to the wider theological/scholarly community for the renewal of orthodox theology, for the renewal of the church.
Toward this end, the CPT hosts two Fellowships—each representing a small nucleus of pastor-theologians from nearly every major Protestant tradition: Lutheran, Pentecostal, Episcopal, Baptist, Messianic Jewish, Presbyterian, Wesleyan, Free Church, and independent Bible church traditions.
The majority of our CPT Fellows are young pastors who have—or are completing—terminal degrees from some of the finest theological institutions in the world (Cambridge, Oxford, St. Andrews, Aberdeen), and all are committed to bringing the strengths of their respective traditions into conversation with the Great Tradition, with a view to being shaped by, and shaping, the theological reflection of the broader ecclesial theological community.
The Fellowship Symposia
Each Fellowship meets annually for a three-day working symposium (Sunday evening through Tuesday lunch) at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois, near Chicago, O’Hare. The Symposiums bring together a diverse body of both pastor-theologians and ecclesially sensitive academic theologians, with a view to establishing collegial relationships and collaborating on theological projects relevant to the life of the church. Meals, lodging, and travel expenses (as needed) are covered by the CPT.
Fellowship benefits include:
- The opportunity for Fellows to have their work peer-reviewed by a diverse group of ecclesial and academic theologians.
- An all-expense paid, three-day theological symposium with noted academic and ecclesial theologians (includes lodging and meals, and travel as needed).
- A robust network of scholarly, ecclesially diverse relationships.
- Opportunities for publication.
The CPT Fellowship strives to balance the demands of parish ministry and the theological calling. Fellowship responsibilities include:
- Submission of one chapter length essay for review and critique every other year at a Fellowship Symposium.
- Reading and critiquing Fellowship papers prior to symposium.
- Regular attendance at an annual three-day Fellowship Symposium. The First Fellowship meets Columbus Day Weekend; the Second Fellowship meets the first weekend in June.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for membership to one of our CPT Fellowships. The ideal candidate is:
- A full-time vocational pastor who views the writing/publication of ecclesial theology as a significant ministry calling.
- Has a PhD.
- Has a demonstrated publishing record in ecclesial theology.
- Is under 40 years old.
Each Fellowship is limited to eight-teen Fellows. Applicants who do not fit the “ideal” description are nonetheless encouraged to apply if strength in one qualification offsets a deficiency in another. For instance, the applicant who does not have a ThM or PhD, but does have a demonstrated publishing record, is encouraged to apply.
To apply to one of our CPT Fellowships, please download a Fellowship Application. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Gerald Hiestand at ghiestand [at] saet-online.org prior to submitting an application. For general inquiries, please contact Gerald Hiestand at ghiestand [at] saet-online.org.