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Emmanuel offers carefully constructed and tested theological education for the 21st century, fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Our academic programs represent the best blend of biblical, historical, theological, and ministerial studies.

Whatever your interests in ministry, you will learn from professors who care about more than the memorization of theological arguments and dates in church history; they are concerned about how the information you learn will help you in your ministry, whether you are preaching and teaching or serving the Kingdom in other ways.

It’s important that your seminary education also address you as a person in ministry. Spiritual formation courses, faculty mentoring, and supervised internships are designed to help you follow God’s call.

Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan is part of the School of Bible and Ministry at Milligan University, a nationally recognized Christian liberal arts university.

Tailored to You

Emmanuel students have a variety of backgrounds, including undergraduate degrees from liberal arts colleges, universities, and Bible colleges. Some have years of experience in various professions, while others enter directly from undergrad. Programs can be completed in a designated time or you may opt to move through the program at a slower speed. Contact us to discuss a degree plan tailored to meet your needs.


Emmanuel has a number of goals for every student:

  • Develop a maturing love for God, commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and participation in the Holy Spirit’s work in the world.
  • Cultivate a heart of compassion, loyalty, courage, and self-giving love in support of kingdom values.
  • Integrate the Christian faith as revealed in Scripture, experienced throughout the history of the church, and explored in twenty centuries of Christian thought.
  • Interpret and communicate Scripture with historical integrity and theological imagination in relation to contemporary cultures.
  • Develop commitment to serve the church in its universal and local expressions with appreciation for the unique contribution of the Stone-Campbell tradition to unity and mission in keeping with the biblical witness.
  • Extend dignity and worth to all persons, men and women, created in the image of God, with deepening compassion for the marginalized.
  • Identify, shape, and refine one’s calling through a well-articulated theology of ministry.
  • Demonstrate, as leading servants, the practices of moral discernment, together with authentic and faithful ministry in complex and diverse contexts.