And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Bringing gifted and able students - young and old - from the United States of America and around the world to be trained in a rigorous academic curriculum.
Lecture-based courses in a Master of Divinity degree program curriculum designed to provide full academic training for faithful service in Christ's churches.
Summer internships to ensure students gain the practical experience in many of the facets of the Christian ministry that academics alone can not accomplish.
Students will live and serve as apprentices under experienced pastors, participating extensively in the life and ministry of churches in residency center locations.
Students graduating from the Seminary will have received an invaluable deposit of truth and experience to be used in the services of Christ and his churches.
Our fathers promoted the cause of education and training. The perspective that ministers should be academically equipped and prepared to serve Christ and his church was powerful in the minds of our Baptist fathers. Useful ministers were well-trained ministers, men who understood the Scriptures, Christian theology, and the times in which they lived. A simple acquaintance with the Bible was not enough. Hard study and through preparation were a necessity for the times. They looked beyond their own day and considered the future.
In preparation for ministerial service, the standard academic award is the Master of Divinity degree. We will offer this degree based upon a full curriculum of study. Traditionally, this has involved 3 years of full-time study, or 4-5 years of part-time study. The curriculum will consist of extensive instruction in the original languages of Scripture (Hebrew and Greek), as well as courses in exegetical theology (Old and New Testaments), systematic theology, pastoral theology and church history. Since we believe that the ministerial office is divinely appointed and involves matters of eternal life and death, these courses will be rigorous. Men must be thoroughly prepared.
The Seminary is committed to assisting Reformed Baptist churches and others in preparing gifted and able men for the Gospel ministry in Churches domestic and international. We serve a global constituency, offering the Master of Divinity degree, providing robust academic preparation in the necessary theological and ministerial disciplines. Employing a three-fold strategy of lecture-based courses, internships and apprenticeships, our Seminary will graduate men ready to serve in Christ’s churches here and around the world.
Seminary professors and instructors must be academically qualified and have an unreserved commitment to The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. They must have experience both as preachers of the Word of God and in the pastorate. An understanding of and appreciation for experimental Calvinism (Puritanism) are essential. Each instructor will meet established academic requirements for service in a graduate school. Before assuming office and in alternate years thereafter, faculty members and instructors shall subscribe in writing to the same affirmation as the Seminary President. Faculty will be designated by rank: Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor.
~B.B. Warfield, Selected Shorter Writings of B.B. Warfield, I:373.