Message from Nick Carter, President
Andover Newton is the nation’s oldest graduate theological school; in fact, we are the oldest graduate school of any kind in North America. As proud as we area of that distinction, we are more eager to point to the ways in which we are becoming the newest theological school. As you browse our website, I’m confident you will discover how true that statement is.
You will see that Andover Newton’s great faculty has recently adopted a new and cutting edge curriculum. Our approach to theological education has made a radical shift from traditional discipline-based studies to a competency-based and cross-disciplinary orientation.
You will see that we have developed one of the nation’s leading interfaith study programs in partnership with our campus neighbor Hebrew College and Rabbinical School. Here on the Hill, you will see seminarians and rabbinical students in joint classes, engaging in havruta or study partnerships, and enjoying a long list of extra-curricular activities. That’s not all: did you know our faculties regularly meet together, as do our presidents and even our trustees!
You will see that we have a state-of-the-art media center under the leadership of a two-time Emmy Award-winning videographer/producer/ director. Our students are learning the many dimensions of media ministries, what it is like to be in front of and behind the camera, and discovering how to leverage streaming video, pod-casts, etc.
When you visit our beautiful campus you will find something else – something that is, perhaps, even more important. You will find an entire school committed to forging a new model for theological education.
We are convinced that most of the assumptions on which seminaries have been preparing leaders for the church and faith-based service in the world have been swept away. Because of that, we have created a laboratory as we attempt to forge a new model for theological education.
When you are here you will find that we are busy talking with several other schools about creating a more agile, accessible, and action-oriented approach to preparing women and men to answer their calling. You will also find that, like all laboratories, we haven’t got it all figured out yet! But for those who have chosen to come here, that may be the most exciting part. They get the chance to help shape the future of this incredibly meaningful and challenging profession.
Come and see what we are up to. You won’t regret it!
Andover Newton Theological School