Iliff strives for a diverse community that will be supporting, challenging, and transforming. A significant number of students come to Iliff in pursuit of a second career, bringing with them a wealth of life and work experiences. Among the 321 students who enrolled at Iliff in 2005, were 167 women and 154 men.
Iliff is a seminary of The United Methodist Church, but its distinctive character is also derived from its commitment as an ecumenical, inter-religious institution. The largest percentage of students comes from The United Methodist Church. However, more than 30 other denominations and faith traditions are represented among the student body.
Students from these many traditions worship together in the Iliff chapel and attend the same courses, allowing for lively interdenominational and interfaith discussion. Each week, there are three chapel services offered: one service drawn from the Episcopal tradition, one preached service, and one service designed more freely from the many traditions represented in the student body. Services are planned and conducted by students, faculty, staff, or outside guests to provide opportunities for spiritual renewal and to help build community.
Vocations in ministry take many forms and are called by a variety of names. Iliff supports preparation for ministry for a number of different denominations through its two professional degree programs, the Master of Divinity and the Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry. Iliff also offers many required denominational courses in history, doctrine, and polity.
Specific requirements and decisions regarding ordination or other certifications are managed by each denomination. Students are encouraged to learn their denominational processes and requirements and to use this knowledge in selecting their degree program and courses.
While Iliff makes assessments concerning academic preparation, professional skills, and moral and spiritual fitness for ministry, the student’s denomination makes independent judgments about fitness and readiness for ordination, certification and employment.