Now in its eighth year of reinvention, JCSTS is building an educational platform that is affordable and accessible to diverse audiences regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, or orientation. JCSTS' programs are designed to promote justice across the various sectors of society.
JCSTS' primary audiences today are:
- African Americans of faith who are looking to ground their faith in the liberative traditions of the historic Black Church.
- persons of various ethnicities currently in some form of service to the church (ordained and non-ordained) who are searching for new competencies to help them further their ministries in today’s cultural environment.
- people of good will in need of an educational experience that will help them engage their faith in the public sphere.
- activists, organizers, and other justice workers attempting to deepen their understanding of the intersection of faith and justice.
- everyday people attempting to process today's societal strife through a theological lens.
- persons who found their first programmatic experience with JCSTS so rewarding they came back for more (repeat customers).
- small groups who find JCSTS' Foundations Series a suitable small group study resource.
All JCSTS programming is built on a competency-based educational model. Competency-based education is a methodology focusing on the critical skills, or competencies, needed for effective performance in today’s world. Competency-based education generally is seen as an alternative to more traditional approaches in which students may or may not acquire proficiency in a given course or academic subject before they earn course credit.