Preparations are made for worship in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary

Education and Formation

Because today's church needs leaders ready to hit the ground running, General Theological Seminary provides a complete formation and education experience for those who feel called to ministry.

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A letter from our President and Dean

If you spend much time at General you will hear me say a phrase that practically becomes shopworn, but it never does. It's like earthly good news and we say it constantly: welcome home.

Come for chapel or lunch in the refectory. Sit in on a class. Hang out on the Close and visit with friends. This is a Christian place open to all people. Our language is Jesus and our accent is Episcopalian. Come and let us say to you in words, symbols, and actions: welcome home to General Seminary.

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The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, President and Dean of The General Theological Seminary, shares a laugh with a guest in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd
  • The daily rhythm of Morning and Evening Prayer creates a framework for our shared life together as a Seminary community
    Worship at GTS
    General Seminary is a worshipping community. The daily rhythm of Morning and Evening Prayer, along with the daily celebration of the Holy Eucharist, creates a shared framework for our life together as Seminary community.
  • The Chapel of the Good Shepherd stands proudly at the heart of The General Theological Seminary
    The Chapel of the Good Shepherd
    The Chapel of the Good Shepherd stands proudly at the heart of The General Theological Seminary, its red brick and brownstone bell tower rising more than 130 feet into the Manhattan sky.
  • The General Theological Seminary celebrates a rich tradition of academic excellence
    Academic Excellence
    A rich tradition of academic excellence combined with a commitment to living out new life in the Spirit surrounds and informs General Seminary.
  • Fashioned after English universities, a series of stately buildings surround the campus to create the Close at GTS
    The Close
    By erecting a series of stately brick buildings–dormitories, faculty apartments, and a classroom building–around the perimeter of the block, a magnificent quadrangle or “Close,” after the fashion of English universities, was created.
  • The Library of The General Theological Seminary is a magnificent treasury of resources for the study of life and Christianity
    Christoph Keller, Jr. Library
    The Library of The General Theological Seminary is a magnificent treasury of books, manuscripts, records and source materials for the study of the life and thought of Christianity.
  • Between the 1930's and 60's several other modern buildings were added to the Campus
    Housing and Facilities
    Between the 1930's and 60's several other more modern buildings were added including a new library.
  • Many of the buildings on campus were designed by Architect Charles Coolidge Haight
    The Refectory
    Many of the buildings on campus were designed by Architect Charles Coolidge Haight. As a special advocate of the English Gothic Revival Movement, Haight adapted the style to collegiate and ecclesiological architecture as seen throughout GTS.
  • GTS embodies a particular set of academic and cultural possibilities born out of its cosmopolitan environment
    GTS as seen from the High Line
    As the most urban of Episcopal seminaries, GTS embodies a particular set of academic and cultural possibilities born out of its cosmopolitan environment. Deliberately, the General Theological Seminary seeks to cultivate the unique opportunities for learning offered by our location.

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Students and faculty enjoy lunch together daily at The General Theological Seminary
About
The General Theological Seminary believes academics, worship, and life in community are inseparable elements in the process of formation for ministry in Christ's church, whether lay or ordained.
A student at The General Theological Seminary settles in before class
Academics
While known for its rigorous academic standards, General also focuses on the needs of each individual student. Close relationships between those who teach and those who learn are furthered by common worship, meals, and events.
The Academic Dean and guests enter the Refectory at General Seminary for lunch
Life at GTS
The cultural opportunities found here are unparalleled. Along with General's worship, academic, and community life, the many activities of New York combine to make General a unique educational environment.
Student advisors meet with the Academic Dean at The General Theological Seminary
Admissions
Whether you feel called to ordained ministry or lay leadership in your faith community, whether you are interested in studying part-time or even as a non-degree student, GTS will meet your needs.
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Resources
From maintenance or IT requests to the current calendar and everything in-between. If you need help with anything the resources section of the website is a great place to start.
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Alumni
Graduates and former students of GTS are members of the Associate Alumni of the Seminary. This portion of the GTS website was created for you. It includes the most recent Alumni News and job postings and calls.
The ornate ceiling of the Refectory at The General Theological Seminary

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