At CTS, the student government is called the Student Coordinating Council (SCC). The SCC is made of the student body officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary), the class officers (a president and representative of the three classes), and representatives from each campus student organization. The SCC serves the student body by advocating for students within the seminary community and serves as a bridge between the administration and student body.
The Student Coordinating Council seeks to promote a sense of community among the members of the Columbia Theological Seminary family. By word and deed, SCC seeks to encourage the seminary community to assume its Christ-called servant role in this community and in the world. In that spirit, the SCC represents and advocates on behalf of the student body and their families: celebrating the cultural, ethnic, physical, gender, denominational, spiritual, and intellectual diversity in our midst.
The African Heritage Students Association is an organization to identify and voice the unique concerns of students of African heritage at CTS by creating an environment that nurtures their spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs. Our mission: to articulate relevant issues which confront seminarians of African heritage, provide academic support and encouragement to facilitate degree completion, enhance CTS efforts to accomplish its goal of increasing racial ethnic diversity.
The purpose of ASA is to promote academic interest in not only the Asian student but also CTS scholar community, to provide an opportunity for CTS to understand Asian culture, and to encourage fellowship among students and scholar members. ASA hosts various social events to enhance networking opportunities among all programs within CTS. ASA also tries to help exchange students, incoming students, and visiting scholars from Asia to be familiar with the CTS community.
Claiming Justice is a group of the Student Coordinating Council that seeks to serve students by providing opportunities to consider and articulate the theological relationship between faith and justice by raising awareness through education, the facilitation of experiential opportunities to stand against injustice and creating space for open dialogue.
The Evangelical Students Association exists for those whose concerns and interests relate to the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed and to the command to make disciples of all peoples around the world. We meet approximately once a month for lunch to fellowship and discuss our interests.
Fellowship for Theological Discussion was established for the purpose of encouraging every student to the highest possible scholarship in a relaxed and open atmosphere. FTD brings a topic to prompt discussion each week.. We welcome students, family members and friends to join us at The Marlay on Friday afternoons (meet in front of NRH to carpool) with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages on us (and any other beverages on you)!
Imago Dei seeks to promote the welcome and inclusion of all people, especially those who identify as part of the LGBTQIA community and their allies. Imago Dei seeks to help the CTS community engage with issues surrounding inclusion on campus and in the world.
Outreach is a student organization that seeks to engage with the Greater Atlanta area and community. Our mission to know and be known in our community, and to empower students to participate in pressing issues in the area. Outreach works to connect students with opportunities to engage in public witness.
The purpose of Sustaining Attention to God’s Earth (hereafter SAGE) is to help Columbia Theological Seminary move toward becoming a more environmentally sustainable community. SAGE does this through advocating for environmentally sustainable practices throughout the seminary, serving as a resource for the community, offering educational opportunities, partnering with other organizations on and off campus, and promoting practices that link sustainable living to worship.
SOS was established to affirm the unique ministry of ministerial spouses with an attitude of praise, in worship and fellowship, acknowledging the diversity of God’s gifts in a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. The organization’s intention is to provide a forum for discussion, and creative resolution of issues and concerns as expressed in the physical, cultural, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs of its members and the larger seminary family.
What: A place in which members of the CTS community can explore spirituality in some of its many forms. Events during the year will include workshops, prayer and meditation stations, and an exhibit featuring contributions from the CTS community.
Why: Featuring room and supplies for prayer and meditation, visual art, and other forms of creative expression, the SPACE offers an opportunity to further engage in your existing spiritual practices and to get to know some new ones.
When: Open 24/7 for individual use, in addition to occasional scheduled workshops and other events.
TWO is a student led organization, established to provide hospitality and fellowship opportunities for the CTS community–students, staff, families and spouses. We provide monthly fellowship events, ranging from potlucks to flag football games, and are always looking for more feedback, input, and volunteers. TWO is flexible with our events, aiming to respond to the needs of the campus as they arise. We hope you will join us for the next event! Check us out on Facebook, so you don’t miss a thing! Where two or more are gathered, God is there.
Even though all women at CTS are part of WIM, the organization is open to the entire student body for participation. WIM strives to uphold and support women who are looking forward to a life of service to God. WIM believes that all people are created in the image of God and because of this, women have the same rights as our male counterparts in the leadership of God’s church. WIM provides ministry opportunities, mentorship and support for leadership development for its participants and the CTS community at large.