Accessibility – We want to take our theological education to you. We don’t want you to come to us. This makes us different from most seminaries. Anyone with a computer can receive a theological education from us.
Affordability – We don’t want a single student of ours to accrue significant debt for a job that is a calling from God and doesn’t provide much income for the overwhelming majority of ministers. We are more affordable than every major seminary. In fact, our degrees are currently free for our students.
Flexibility – We don’t want to force you to operate within rigid structures and time-frames. We want you to learn within your own schedule and pace. This is because we want you to actually learn academic and practical theology. We don’t want you to rush your studies in order to get a diploma. This is also because we want you to have ample time to serve the local church. This is also because we want you to have ample time to love your family.
Academics – We greatly care about knowing and understanding the truth. You’re going to have an opportunity to learn the Bible and theology in our programs. We are narrowing the Bible to the 66 books of the Christian Canon. We are broadening theology to include both typical academic theology and not as typical practical theology. This is a much more holistic (and we would say biblical) understanding of theology.
Practice – We not only care about knowing and understanding the truth, we also care about applying and living out the truth of the Bible and theology. Our forth-coming lectures will be both academic and practical. Your reading assignments will be both academic and practical. Your writing assignments will be both academic and practical. Your practicum assignments will be both academic and practical. In this regard, we think our programs will be uniquely balanced compared to major academic seminaries.
Relationships – We don’t believe theological education and ministerial formation should take place in solitary confinement. In our programs, you’re not going to be alone in a room staring at a computer screen. Our programs require relationships with ministers or believers in your area through a study group. Our programs require a relationship with a pastor through a mentorship. Our programs require relationships with a congregation through an internship. Our programs require a relationship with us through frequent communication.
Pastoral Ministry – We don’t intend to form academic scholars for the university. We intend to form holistic pastors for the local church. And we intend to form pastor-theologians for the universal church. We have been greatly blessed by the academic scholars who trained us in major seminaries. But we believe God has primarily chosen to bring salvation to the nations by ordinary pastors. And we believe the major seminaries that trained us did more to form us into academic scholars than balanced pastors. All of our instructors are ministers in local churches. All of our lectures are written by ministers of local churches. And all of our programs require mentorships by pastors.
The Church – While we are a seminary and love the theological education seminaries provide, we care more about the church. This is because the church is God’s agent of fulfilling His mission in the world. We believe this mission is to make disciples of all nations. We believe that theological education and ministerial formation is included within this mission of making disciples. We believe this so strongly that this seminary will become a ministry of a single local church as soon as possible. And we want this seminary to become a ministry of many partnering local churches as well.