2020-2021 University Catalog

Seminary Educational Purpose

1 | Doctrinal Convictions

Educational purpose: To develop servant-leaders with strong biblical and doctrinal convictions who:

  • ground their worldview and ministry in the inerrant, authoritative Word of God;
  • are committed to love the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
  • compassionately recognize that everyone has sinned and is under the sentence of death;
  • hold an unshakable commitment to the Person and redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ;
  • depend on the Person of the Holy Spirit and His continuing presence in each believer to function as gifted members of Christ in ministry during this age;
  • present salvation as given by grace through faith in Jesus Christ to become members of the universal Body of Christ, the Church;
  • competently serve and are committed to the local church;
  • reflect in their lives and ministries a dynamic expectation of the return and reign of Christ; and
  • thoroughly integrate doctrine with experience through a lifelong process of learning as individuals and ministering within the community of faith.

Institutional strategy: Through exposure to every book of the Bible and the doctrines of the Christian faith, we encourage students to become life-long students of God’s Word. A Bible-centered, inductive, process-centered curriculum with a profound ministry focus guides students in integrating principle with practice. The mentored ministry program fosters a biblically and theologically informed philosophy of ministry.

2 | Spiritual Maturity

Educational purpose: To develop servant-leaders with spiritual maturity and who

  • actively grow in their knowledge of God and identity in Christ;
  • deepen, personally and fervently, their relationship with God;
  • manifest a consistent life of personal holiness and discipline;
  • are sensitive to the realities of, and engage in, spiritual conflict;
  • value, form, and facilitate vital ministry relationships with other believers; and
  • understand the varieties of traditions of Christian spirituality, especially appreciating their evangelical heritage.

Institutional strategy: Character development emphasizing integrity in personal and interpersonal maturity is measured by faculty interaction and evaluation. Spiritual formation receives additional, specific emphasis in designated spiritual-formation classes and in mentored ministry.

3 | Communication Skills

Educational purpose: To develop servant-leaders with honed communication skills, who

  • strive to communicate the Word of God accurately and relevantly; and
  • are becoming specialists in one or more of the following areas:
  • effective preachers of the Word to ­congregations;
  • creative teachers of the Word to groups of various sizes;
  • proficient facilitators of small groups, committees, and task forces;
  • competent disciplers, able to build relationships and provide spiritual mentoring; and
  • sensitive counselors, able to discern spiritual and emotional needs, listen well, and guide toward well-being.

Institutional strategy: Communication skills are as integral to the curriculum as are the concepts to be imparted. Mentored ministry requires regular, evaluated communication experiences at various levels. Resident faculty and pastoral mentors model these skills through accountability groups, spiritual-formation classes, and classroom instruction.

4 | Church Leadership

Educational purpose: To develop wise servant-leaders with a passion for Christ and the church. “I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15 (NIV)  They...

  • discern and personalize God’s vision for the church;
  • motivate and influence God’s people to follow this vision;
  • guide the church toward renewal and unity;
  • understand the vital spiritual and organizational components in planting, developing, and maintaining a healthy church;
  • understand and employ appropriate ministry strategies;
  • accomplish ministry through effective teamwork; and
  • humbly lead others without manipulation or competition.
  • promote a missional perspective of God’s work in the world by encouraging winsome communication of the gospel and commitment to global ministry;
  • seek to engage culture by understanding our world broadly and biblically, integrating the richness of human diversity appropriately and expressing our faith incarnationally.
  • are prepared and able to serve and minister to a society that is much different than the Church and God's people.

Institutional strategy: Each student learns to lead from a dynamic relationship with Christ and the integration of biblical and theological principles with principles of leadership. The purpose of the seminary is to prepare wise pastoral and lay leaders who serve by living according to the example of Christ and serve in the power of the Holy Spirit— beyond one’s own strength. Our curriculum prepares lifelong learners and humble servants who lead by serving and serve by leading. The mentored ministry program encourages students to experience church leadership in a crucible that tests leadership skills.

5 | Global Vision

Educational purpose: To develop servant-leaders with a global evangelistic vision to

  • affirm the broader multiethnic, interdenominational, parachurch, and world mission ministries of the Body of Christ;
  • appreciate and understand how local churches relate to and embrace other local churches within the city, region, nation, or world;
  • position the church to impact its community;
  • motivate and train individuals for personal and corporate evangelism;
  • possess a passion for global missions and a willingness to serve cross-culturally; and
  • encourage the church to a mission partnership through praying, giving, sending, and going.

Institutional strategy: Biblical and doctrinal ­competency, spiritual maturity, communication skills and proven ministry leadership are essential to mission effectiveness. The annual Global Ministries Conference and regu­lar missions chapels emphasize a missionary passion. Our partnership with various organizations exposes students to local and global church-renewal efforts.