Institutes and Initiatives

Luce International Initiative

In 2011, the Henry Luce Foundation awarded Candler School of Theology a $325,000 grant to create a model curriculum encouraging internationalization for North American seminaries. With Luce’s support, Candler is pursuing faculty and student exchanges, seminars, curricular innovation and shared practical experiences. These initiatives will better equip students to become leaders who meet the challenges of religious communities that, whether at home or abroad, increasingly reflect a diverse world and are part of a local-global dynamic.

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Youth Theological Initiative

Since 1993 YTI has been a center for research and the theological education of youth and youth ministers. YTI's work focuses around a vision of theologically grounded, socially conscious ministries with youth and young adults, ministries that help young people and the older ones working with them to explore questions that shape us.

YTI partners with Candler's Religious Education Program to offer a certificate in ministries with youth for Master of Divintiy (MDiv) and Master of Theological Studies (MTS) students. Many students from Candler and Emory's Graduate Division of Religion work with us on our research, which explores the theological perspectives and practices of youth and young adults. Others work with YTI's annual Summer Academy, an intensive, residential program of justice-seeking theological education for high school students. Applications are accepted for summer staff positions each fall, so send email to if you would like more information. In addition to efforts to provide outstanding opportunities in youth ministry education at Candler, YTI supports the work of denominations, regional judicatories, and congregations through its Youth Ministry Education programs, working to enhance the practices of youth ministry in local congregations.

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World Methodist Evangelism Institute

The World Methodist Evangelism Institute, a cooperative ministry of World Evangelism of the World Methodist Council and Candler, offers additional opportunities for study and research in the nature and practice of evangelism. Using a multiracial and multinational faculty, the institute brings world evangelism leaders, faculty and students together at Candler and at other places around the world, and sends faculty to different countries to share insights and learn from the experience of others. Annually, Candler students in good academic standing and students from other seminaries are permitted to enroll in the institute’s international and regional evangelism seminars for academic credit. Located on the Emory University campus, the institute provides opportunities for pastors and lay persons to acquire continuing education credits while gaining experience in evangelism in other cultures, offers training in faith-sharing in a non-confrontational approach, and provides opportunities for seminary students to have a dialogue with students of other seminaries across the world.

For more information visit the institute at, or please contact Winston Worrell, director, at 404.727.6344 or You may also contact Cary Loesing, communication specialist, at

Certificate in Theological Studies

A collaborative project of the Atlanta Theological Association (ATA) and Arrendale State Prison’s Chaplaincy Department, the Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS) is a yearlong program of theological education for incarcerated women, with classes designed and taught by graduate students and faculty from four ATA schools: Candler School of Theology, McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, the Interdenominational Theological Center and Columbia Theological Seminary.

The CTS program has two primary goals:

  1. To prepare incarcerated women to serve as leaders and to develop their critical academic skills through a yearlong program of quality theological education.
  2. To provide seminary and doctoral students at the four ATA schools with fulfilling teaching opportunities and formative experiences for ministry and discernment

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