Cooperative Programs

Educational Consortia

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is a member of both the Northside Chicago Theological Institute (NCTI) and the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS). Full-time Trinity master’s students in good standing and enrolled in a degree program may register for courses in any of the member schools and pay Trinity’s tuition charge.

Northside Chicago Theological Institute (NCTI)

NCTI represents a consortium of theological seminaries on the north side of Chicago. The following schools are members of NCTI:

  • Evangelical Covenant: North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago
  • Evangelical Free Church: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Bannockburn
  • Roman Catholic: University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein
  • United Methodist: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston

Each spring semester, Prayer and Life in the Spirit is offered cooperatively in ecumenical mode by NCTI.

Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS)

ACTS includes NCTI members as well as the following schools:

  • American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.: Northern Seminary, Lombard
  • Ecumenical: Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago
  • Episcopal:  Bexley-Seabury Seminary, Chicago
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of America: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.: McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago
  • Roman Catholic: Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
  • Unitarian Universalist: Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago

ACTS seminaries’ cross-registration policy enables TEDS students to choose from more than 750 courses offered at these schools. Current course listings may be found on the ACTS website.

ACTS also sponsors a number of clusters and cooperative activities that further broaden educational opportunities for TEDS students. The following may be of particular interest to TEDS students: the Urban Clinical Pastoral Education Program (part of the national CPE program focusing on urban and public ministry); the Language Program at the Hyde Park Cluster (providing noncredit French, German, Latin, Spanish, Greek for those doing academic research); the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE—providing programs for those anticipating urban ministry as a vocation); the ACTS Library Council, which enables TEDS students to access and check out 1.7 million volumes in the ACTS libraries. See the ACTS website for more information.

International Partnerships and Study Opportunities

Jerusalem University College

Trinity’s membership in Jerusalem University College (JUC) provides students with the opportunity of supplementing their campus studies with study in the Holy Land. JUC offers both undergraduate and graduate courses designed to introduce students to the Near East, to provide introduction and advanced training in the languages and literatures of that area from antiquity to the present, and to contribute to the understanding of Near Eastern cultures and peoples in other times as well as in the present. JUC’s staff has been recruited from the faculties of the Hebrew University and the University of Tel Aviv.

Archaeological and geographical field trips supplement the classroom lectures. In class and on the field, students are in constant contact with specialists and with the land whose geography, archaeology, and history are being studied.

Special opportunities are also available for Trinity students to study in the Holy Land, Egypt, or other Middle Eastern sites. These study tours involve instruction from one of our professors, who leads the tour, and academic credit can be received.

For further information on JUC, contact:

Jerusalem University College
4249 East State St., Suite 203, Rockford IL 61108-2045
Phone: 815.229.5900,  Fax: 815.229.5901
In Israel: 011.972.2.671.8628

Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology of Africa International University

TEDS’s partnership with Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST) in Nairobi, Kenya involves three forms of collaboration: faculty exchange, doctoral student exchange, and partnership in common scholarship projects; as well as some shared administrative services. The intent of the partnership is mutual benefit, for the fulfillment of the institutional missions, and the strengthening and maturation of both institutions.

For additional information contact the TEDS Dean’s Office.


We maintain a partnership with TVSEMINARY.   TVSEMINARY produces college courses and other training in many languages available worldwide through DVDs and the internet. Based in Russia, TVSEMINARY maintains a close affiliation with the Evangelical Free Church of America.  TVSEMINARY receives permission from TEDS’ faculty to video record selected live courses and then provides copies to Trinity’s online team to turn into TEDS’ online courses appropriate to an ATS accredited graduate program. TVSEMINARY can also use copies of the recorded courses edited into other languages to offer its own version of the courses.

For further information about TVSEMINARY contact:


The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity (CBHD)

2065 Half Day Road, Bannockburn IL 60015 USA
Phone: 847.317.8180
Fax: 847.317.8101 E-mail:
Primary Website:

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity is a bioethics research center at Trinity International University that explores the intersection of medicine, technology, and our individual and common humanity.

Established in 1994, CBHD brings distinctly Christian reflection to bear on current and emerging bioethical challenges that is both academically rigorous and broadly accessible. Such issues include end-of-life concerns, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, infertility and reproductive technologies, genetic interventions, biotechnologies (e.g., stem cell research, cloning, synthetic biology), emerging technologies (e.g., nanotechnology, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, robotics), and disability ethics, among many other issues. Working within a Judeo-Christian Hippocratic framework, CBHD fosters rigorous research, theological and conceptual analysis, charitable critique, and thoughtful engagement, to bring clarity to these complex issues of our day.

In short, the Center articulates Christian bioethics within the academy and provides credible, current, and comprehensive resources from a distinctly Christian perspective to assist in making wise decisions for ethical dilemmas that arise in medicine, science, and technology.

In addition to its annual summer conference, the Center has hosted a number of consultations, and regional and international conferences, and has produced a wide range of print publications and electronic resources. As an early provider of online resources, CBHD’s websites host a spectrum of resources on a wide diversity of topics from introductory materials to scholarly resources for a global audience. As a leading voice in Christian bioethics, CBHD staff and fellows have appeared in a wide range of print, radio, and television media, provided congressional testimony, and are regular speakers at universities, conferences, and churches. In this regard, CBHD serves as a visible expression of TIU’s emphasis on cultural engagement.

Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding (HCTU)

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
2065 Half Day Road, Bannockburn IL 60015
Phone: 847.317.8066 E-mail:
Primary website:

The Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding (HCTU) is a ministry aimed at bridging the gap that all too often divides the academy and the church. The HCTU conducts a number of programs aimed at producing collaborative work between ministers, professionals, academics, and seminary faculty. The goal of this partnership is to advance Christian wisdom in all areas of life and thought—in short, to enable people to apply the knowledge of God and themselves gleaned from Scripture in the rough and tumble of life. The work of the Center is thus aimed at promoting gospel-centered thinking and living with others—from a variety of ethnic and social backgrounds—for the glory of God, the good of his church, and the welfare of the world. The Center produces a number of publications, audio lectures, and video interviews available on their website.


Christ on Campus Initiative: This series of publications is aimed at producing top-notch Christian scholarship on the most important issues related to college students.

Bannockburn Dialogue Group: This gathering of TEDS faculty members is to enhance scholarship and discuss one another’s research.

Faculty Initiatives: TEDS faculty members are awarded annual grants for the purpose of conducting conferences and summer workshops aimed at the mission of the Center.

Hansen Fellowships: Every year three TEDS PhD students are awarded a $10,000 tuition scholarship based on vocational and research interests related to the Center.

Kantzer Lectures in Revealed Theology: This series occurs every two years and takes a more academic approach to the contemporary issues in theology.

Scripture and Ministry Lecture Series: This series occurs four times annually and takes a more practical approach toward bridging the gap between theologians and ministry practitioners.

Timothy Series: This series celebrates the calling to the pastorate and features seasoned pastors sharing their personal ministry experience and advice to TEDS seminary students.

Trinity Debates: This series features expert presentations and open discussion as a forum for discussing challenging issues related to the church, theology, and the Christian life.

Office of Extension and Affiliated Education

The Office of Extension and Affiliated Education is committed to assisting the church to develop professional and lay leaders through nontraditional forms of education. These include such off-campus learning experiences and primary delivery systems as extension sites and TEDS online distance education courses. Graduate school prerequisites may, in some cases, be met through Office of Extension and Affiliated Education courses. Contact the Office of Extension and Affiliated Education at 800.588.7705 or the Admissions Office (847.317.6900) for additional information. Students desiring to pursue Office of Extension and Affiliated Education courses as part of their master’s program should consult their Program Chair.