The pastoral calling too often isolates the pastor-theologian from the network of relationships so crucial to the theological task. Further, the demands and expectations of local church ministry seldom support the scholarly calling. In light of these hurdles, the Center hosts four Fellowships organized to provide a select group of pastor-theologians with the motivation, network, and resources necessary for the scholarly task.

Pulling together a diverse body of evangelical pastor theologians from across the country, the CPT Fellowships include representation from the Free Church, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Anglican, Baptist, Messianic Jewish, Presbyterian, Methodist, and independent Bible church traditions. Each Fellowship meets annually for a three day working symposium at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois, where Fellows interact on important theological issues relevant to the ecclesial context. Cross-fellowship interaction takes place through our annual conference, as well as informal communication between Fellows.

Fellowship Benefits
Involvement in a CPT Fellowship provide the following:

  • The opportunity for Fellows to have their work reviewed by other Fellows, as well as academic scholars.
  • Invitation to a three-day theological symposium with noted academic and ecclesial scholars (the CPT covers lodging and meals, and travel as necessary).
  • A robust network of scholarly relationships.
  • The encouragement and accountability necessary for the scholarly task.

Fellowship Openings
The ideal candidate is:

  • A full-time vocational pastor who views the writing/publication of ecclesial theology as a significant ministry calling.
  • Has a PhD.
  • Has a demonstrated publishing record in ecclesial theology.
  • Is under 40 years old.

To download a Fellowship Prospectus, click here. To apply to a CPT Fellowship, please contact Gerald Hiestand at ghiestand[at]

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