ACADEMICS

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.

  • Enrollment

    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 Courses

    Lecture-based courses in a Master of Divinity degree program curriculum designed to provide full academic training for faithful service in Christ's churches.

  • Internships

    Summer internships to ensure students gain the practical experience in many of the facets of the Christian ministry that academics alone can not accomplish.

  • Apprenticeships

    Students will live and serve as apprentices under experienced pastors, participating extensively in the life and ministry of churches in residency center locations.

  • Graduation

    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.

PROCESS

Enrollment

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 Courses

Lecture-based courses in a Master of Divinity degree program curriculum designed to provide full academic pastoral training for faithful service in Christ’s churches.

Internships

Summer internships to ensure students gain the practical experience in many of the facets of the Christian ministry that academics alone can not accomplish.

Apprenticeships

Students will live and serve as apprentices under experienced pastors, participating extensively in the life and ministry of churches in residency center locations.

Graduation

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.

The Academic Pastoral training of Men for the Christian Ministry

Hard study and thorough preparation – a necessity for the times.

Academic Heritage

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.

Extensive Curriculum

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.

Present Provision

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.

Experienced Faculty

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.

ADMISSION TO THE SEMINARY

The single purpose of IRBS is to direct all studies toward pastoral training for men to serve in Christian ministry. 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. Therefore we will admit students based upon these criteria:

ADMISSION CRITERIA:

Men only

Who have a credible profession of faith in the Lord Jesus

Who have a character above reproach

Who have a sense of call to the ministry

Who have the commendation of a local church

If you meet the above criteria and would like to inquire about receiving the admission form, please fill out and submit this contact form:

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“How worthily our fathers thought of the ministry! And what wise provision they made for training men for it, when they set out the curriculum of their first theological seminary! This curriculum was framed with the express design that those who pursued it should come forth from it these five things: “a sound Biblical critic”; “a defender of the Christian faith”; “an able and sound divine”; “a useful preacher and faithful pastor”; and a man “qualified to exercise discipline and to take part in the government of the Church in all its judicatories.” A well-rounded minister this, one equal to the functions which belong to a minister of the New Testament order.”

~B.B. Warfield, Selected Shorter Writings of B.B. Warfield, I:373.