Core Disciplines

Our goal is to nurture the student’s proficiency in the following four areas:

Expository Disciplines

We believe that the primary task of the pastor is to nourish the church “on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:6). Therefore, we aim to develop the student’s proficiency in the following areas:

  • Biblical languages
  • Critical exegetical analysis and textual problem-solving
  • Crafting expository sermons
  • The art and passion of preaching

Theological Disciplines

Recognizing that a proper theological framework is essential to biblical ministry, the faculty labors to impart:

  • A theology which is exegetically derived, methodologically inductive, and systematically expressed
  • A consistently presuppositional approach to Christian apologetics
  • A sound theological understanding for living the Christian life
  • A doxological vision for the church through her responsibility to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the uttermost part of the earth

Practical Disciplines

Knowing that a biblical philosophy of ministry is critical to a local church’s spiritual health, we train our graduates to skillfully apply biblical truth to the needs of the body of Christ. To that end, each student will be challenged in the practice of the following:

  • Pastoral virtue
  • Mature leadership of family and ministry
  • Church government
  • Biblical counseling
  • Duties of the pastoral office, including the carrying out of the ordinances
  • Practical body-life and shepherding
  • Critical thinking

Discipleship Disciplines

Students will be involved in personal discipleship with mentors who will help them apply biblical principles in the role of pastoral leadership. Through experience and evaluation, the students will cultivate their ability to work through pastoral challenges. Students will be encouraged in the discipline of prayer and alerted to the various dangers that arise from its neglect.

These discipleship disciplines will include discussions on:

  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring and training elders
  • Developing and training deacons
  • Administrative skills for day-to-day use in the church
  • Financial and budgeting guidelines within a church context
  • Strategic ministry planning
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