Welcome to C:TMINSIDE powered by Princeton Theological Seminary. C:TMINSIDE is the inside cohort of Princeton Theological Seminary's C:TMONLINE–Certificate of Theology and Ministry. The C:TMINSIDE cohort consists of incarcerated and community participants who learn with and from one another. The certificate includes:
*Additional requirements must be met in order to enter the local correctional facility, please continue reading for more details.
C:TMINSIDE is 14 weeks long with weekly sessions in the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Bordentown, NJ every Friday night from 5–8 pm ET. The certificate costs $400 paid in one or two installments.
Each participant will have distinctive reasons for wanting to be a part of C:TMINSIDE. Here are what participants have said about their experiences with our Certificate of Theology and Ministry inside program:
This is a unique program and we are here to answer your questions every step of the way. Here are some more details about how the program functions for outside participants.
C:TMINSIDE is an in-person extension of our C:TMONLINE program, which takes place inside Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Bordentown, NJ. Rather than interact online, student work is peer reviewed with inside students and vice versa.
Our sessions will be held on Fridays from 5 – 8 pm at Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Bordentown, NJ. Our teaching fellows and outside students will arrive at 4.30 pm to go through security together, and will leave the facility by 8:30 pm.
C:TMINSIDE has worked in close collaboration with the chaplain supervisor to select a time that best promotes our inside students’ involvement in their ministries and other educational programs of which they are a part.
All prospective C:TMINSIDE students need to be accepted via our online application process. If accepted, you will be required to complete any clearance paperwork for the New Jersey Department of Corrections and submit to a background check before being accepted into the C:TMINSIDE cohort.
The C:TMINSIDE 14-week course of study is designed to develop deeper critical engagement with Christian theology and foster rich and imaginative applications to your lives and context.
You begin by re-examining the Old and New Testament and discussing with your peers and professors its implications for modern life. The first two courses are followed by a midterm. You will then apply those biblical insights to theological underpinnings of the Christian faith and their implications for pluricentric contemporary world Christianity.
Dr. Dennis Olsen // 3 weeks
Together with students from around the world, we'll travel through Old Testament stories of suffering and revenge, listen to modern researchers and theologians, and discuss together—all in hopes of reshaping the way we view the Old Testament in modern life.
Dr. Eric Barreto // 3 weeks
In this course we'll map out a journey through the gospel of Luke, carefully noting how Luke's unique story of the Jesus, who heals and saves, transforms how we see the world differently and act in it.
Dr. Ellen Charry // 3 weeks
Theology is sustained reflection on God and the things of God. This course aims to help people know, love, and enjoy God better that they and the societies to which they contribute may flourish thereby.
Dr. Raimundo Barreto // 3 weeks
This course introduces students to the development of a pluricentric contemporary world Christianity, highlighting the perspectives and contributions offered by Christians from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and their diasporas. It includes key historic, demographic, cultural, and theological themes, which have contributed to shape Christianity in these different regions.
About the Bible: Short Answers to Big Questions
Revised and Expanded Edition, Terence Fretheim (Augsburg Books 2009)
Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith
Ronald E. Heine (Baker Academic 2013)
For more than 200 years, Princeton Theological Seminary has been a leader in theological scholarship because of its preeminent biblical scholars and theologians. With C:TMINSIDE, we open the doors of our classrooms to the world:
Course: Old Testament
Dennis Olson is the Charles Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He earned his Ph.D. in Old Testament from Yale University. His scholarly interests and writings focus on the Pentateuch, literary approaches to Old Testament interpretation, and Old Testament theology. He has a strong commitment to bringing Scripture into dialogue with contemporary issues of faith and life. An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he served as a parish pastor for four years before coming to Princeton Seminary where he has taught for the past 29 years. He is the author of several books, including theological commentaries on the Old Testament book of Numbers (Interpretation series) the book of Deuteronomy (with the title Deuteronomy and the Death of Moses, A Theological Reading), and the book of Judges in The New Interpreter’s Bible, Volume 2. He is currently writing a commentary and a theological study on the book of Exodus.
Course: New Testament
Eric D. Barreto is Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and an ordained Baptist minister. The author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16 (Mohr Siebeck, 2010), the co-author of Exploring the Bible (Fortress Press, 2016), and editor of Reading Theologically (Fortress Press, 2014), he is also a regular contributor to ONScripture.org, the Huffington Post, WorkingPreacher.org, and EntertheBible.org. For more, go to ericbarreto.com and follow him on Twitter (@ericbarreto)
Ellen T. Charry is the Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned the MA and PhD in religion from Temple University following the MSW from Yeshiva University and the BA from Barnard College. She held a Henry Luce post-doctoral fellowship at Yale Divinity School and served on the faculty of the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University before joining the Princeton Theological Seminary faculty in 1997. She was a member of the “Pursuit of Happiness” project at Emory University and is currently a senior advisor to the project on “Happiness and Well-Being: integrating research across the disciplines” housed at St. Louis University, both sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. She has been teaching in the on-line certificate in theology and ministry since its inception.
She pursues two central theological interests. One is the role of religious beliefs and practices on character formation in pursuit of human flourishing. Her monographs in this area are By the Renewing of your Mind: The Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine (1997) and God and the Art of Happiness (2010). The other is the theological relationships among the world’s religions with special interest in the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. Her most recent book is Sighs and Songs of Israel: A TheologicalCommentary on Psalms 1–50: (2015). Her next project is “The Wall of Hostility has come down: Rethinking the Jewish-Christian Relationship.
Course: World Christianity
Raimundo César Barreto Jr., assistant professor of world Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary, is an ordained Baptist minister. Barretto earned his B.Th. degree from the Northern Brazil Baptist Theological Seminary and from the Superior School of Theology, in Brazil, his MDiv from McAfee School of Theology/Mercer University, and his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Princeton Seminary he taught at Brazil’s Northeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and at the Brazilian Baptist College. He also served as director of the Division of Freedom and Justice of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). His interests include world Christianities, religion and society in Latin America, Latino/a Christianity, ecumenics, and interfaith relations.
The fee for the 14-week C:TMINSIDE program is $400. Payment will be requested after admittance to the program. Multiple payment structures are available and limited financial aid is available on a case-by-case basis. The fee covers all four courses and must be received by Princeton Theological Seminary before the first inside session. Students will also be responsible for purchasing approximately one book per course. The cost of the course does not include books or other materials.
Learn to see the world differently with Princeton Theological Seminary's dynamic certificate unlike any other. You will get the chance to:
Applications Close July 18, 2017.
Is C:TMINSIDE right for you? C:TMINSIDE is designed for Christian leaders—in any context—with or without formal theological education who have demonstrated leadership skills in their own ministerial context. Whether you are looking to immediately apply this to your church or want to enrich the theological connections between your personal and professional lives—C:TMINSIDE is designed for you. We don't recommend C:TMINSIDE for those who have received an M.Div. in the last 5 years.
In order to be considered for C:TMINSIDE, you must come to campus two months prior to the start of your cohort for a personalized 20 min interview to discover more about your interest in the program. This interview is conducted by two Teaching Fellows who will be your main contact throughout the program. You will receive an email to schedule your interview once your application has been reviewed.
Entering the prison requires you to get clearance through the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Our team will work with you to complete the appropriate paperwork required to enter the prison. Please be prepared to respond to emails and complete your paperwork in a timely manner.
Students will be selected for the program based on 1) their application essays 2) their in-person interview and 3) clearance into the prison. Acceptance emails will be sent out one month prior to the start of your cohort to the email you provide when completing your application. If you have any other questions, please see our FAQ page.
In order to participate in the certificate, you must attend a mandatory orientation Aug 25 at the New Jersey Department of Corrections. You will receive further instruction regarding the orientation upon acceptance to the program.
Apply here and you will be redirected to our application page. When you log in, be sure to use an email address you check often so that we can efficiently let you know the status of your application.
Please be sure you understand all the steps above before applying for this unique cohort.
Applications Close July 18, 2017.