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What Is Contextual Education at CDSP?

Contextual education is an integral part of CDSP’s core curriculum. The program consists of two primary parts, an internship experience and a weekly, for-credit class. Together, these components put concrete ministerial experiences in conversation with theory in action-reflection-action learning.

CDSP’s contextual education program focuses on ministerial identity and self-knowledge, theological reflection, leadership development, and professional skill-building. Students serve as interns in congregations, not-for-profit organizations, missional contexts, and other settings that give faithful witness to the full expression of the Church in the world.

Please contact program director Beth Foote ( for further information.