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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. Services in our Chapel include the Eucharist, Morning and Evening Prayer, and Compline. While students who live on campus are free to develop their own individual routines, nearly all worship in our Chapel as a part of their daily life, as do faculty members and many members of the staff. Everyone may take further part, whether as sacristans, acolytes, readers or members of the Seminary’s choir.

ATS Member Status: Accredited

175 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10011-4977

Phone: 212-243-5150
Fax: 212-647-0294

Lang Lowrey III, Interim President Ph: 212-243-5150
Peter J. Lee, Interim Dean Ph: 212-243-5150

Denomination: Episcopal Church

Fall 2010 Data:
Enrollment: 118 (104.0 FTE)
Faculty Full-Time: 9
Faculty Part-Time: 0

Approved Degrees: MDiv, MA in Spiritual Direction, MA, STM, ThD

Comprehensive distance education program: no

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3 Reviews

  1. There are two professors here that have inspired me and deeply improved my academic credibility, Ann Silver and Clair MacPherson, two them I am forever grateful.

    To General Seminary I am anything but grateful. As a Christian, who practices Ignatian Spirituality, I have felt at home in many denominations. This was and is not the case with General. It was clear from the very first day that other Christian denominations are not encouraged and their spirituality is irrelevant and best left at the door. I say to any other Christians that might be brave enough to attend here, they are better served at Fordham University were they will be encouraged and appreciated. The ironic reality that Fordham University as a Jesuit and therefore an interdenominational supportive institution is an affiliate to this prejudiced place makes me take steps to question their relationship. General Seminary does nothing to merit a friendship with enlightened institute like Fordham University.

    One final and very important fact: Do not come here without appropriate backing. The management here is cruel and you will get no sympathy. The bottom line here is to pay up or get out.

    Please be wary of this institution.

  2. If you are planning to go to seminary do not attend GTS. I was there as an MDiv student for less than a year and it was the biggest mistake of my life. Between the politics, the gossip, the hidden agendas. Yes, there is a lot of love – to your face – but behind your back. Even the professors are a part of the gossip. I have had clergy tell me how unhealthy a community GTS has. An alma mater I know hates the place and refuses to donate to them. My class consisted of only 8 students – I left and another student transferred out. I have had staff members lie straight out to me and one professor actually think it a good idea that I end up homeless. I was left literally homeless and destitute by this Christian school. If this is Christian community than I fear for the future of Christianity. My experiences were so bad I dropped the ministry and left the Episcopal Church. Go to Yale, go to Union, go anywhere but GTS. You will get a more rounded and enjoyable experience anywhere but here.

  3. I am an MA student at GTS. The experience has been overwhelming loving and rewarding. I am puzzled by the rating for locations. The General is in midtown-West Manhattan, in a great neighborhood, only blocks from major transport, and filled with fantastic places to eat, relax, and be spiritually fulfilled.

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