Category Archives: Academic Training

Southeastern-Baptist

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) is one of the largest seminary in the world located in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Founded in 1950 by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), SEBTS is mandated to train ministers for churches all over the east coast of the United States. The seminary currently offers three Doctorate programs, two different Master of Theology programs with ten different specializations for its Master of Divinity program, eight other Masters degree program, and a number of certificate programs.

Similar to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the same articles of faith are affirmed by the Board of Trustees and faculty of the Southeastern – the Abstract of Principles and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

Dr. Daniel L. Akin is the sixth President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Akin succeeded Dr. Paige Patterson, who now is the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) is one of the largest conservative Christian seminaries in the world affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Located in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, NOBTS has enrolled over 3,500 students coming from 39 states and 39 different nations. The Seminary is committed to making quality theological education as accessible and affordable to as many as possible. Therefore, NOBTS operates over a dozen extension center campuses across the Southeast. Approximately 1,900 students are located primarily on the New Orleans campus; the others are at extension centers.

NOBTS currently offers a wide range of degree options for ministerial training. NOBTS graduate programs offer over 20 special specializations designed to prepare students for service in the specific area of ministerial call. The Seminary’s faculty is divided into five working divisions: biblical studies, theological & historical studies, pastoral ministries, Christian Education ministries, and church music ministries. In addition to undergraduate and graduate-level studies programs, NOBTS also offers a research doctoral program designed to meet the needs of post-graduate students who seek preparation for teaching and specialized ministry leadership. Doctoral degrees are divided between research doctoral degree programs and professional doctoral degree programs.

NOBTS confessional commitments are outlined in the Articles of Religious Belief and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

At present, Dr. Charles “Chuck” Kelley serves as the president of New Orleans Theological Seminary. Prior to his election, he had served at the seminary for 13 years as the Roland Q. Leavell Professor of Evangelism and most recently as the director of the Seminary’s Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health.

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Reformed Theological Seminary – Charlotte

SEMINARY REVIEW – Reformed Theological Seminary – Jackson

SEMINARY REVIEW – Reformed Theological Seminary – Orlando

Thoroughly committed to Reformed Theology and the absolute authority of Scripture, Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) Charlotte trains students to pursue the kingdom of God with sharpened minds and hearts aflame for the Gospel. Since its founding in 1993, RTS Charlotte has trained men and women as pastors, educators, campus ministers, youth ministers, chaplains, missionaries, and countless other Christian vocations. Moreover, RTS Charlotte puts a strong emphasis on experience through internships in many of the 3,000 churches within an hour’s driving distance of the seminary.

RTS Charlotte is ideally located in the heart of southeast Charlotte, with excellent access to the airport, the interstate system, the bulk of the residential areas of Charlotte. The campus is composed of five buildings with over 50,000 square feet of space, providing ample classrooms, library, and office areas, all with full wireless access.

RTS Charlotte currently offers academic degrees in Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Biblical Studies), Master of Arts (Theological Studies) and Doctor of Ministry. Michael J. Kruger serves as the current President of RTS Charlotte and Professor of New Testament.

Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary (North Carolina Campus)

The Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) is at the core of RTS Charlotte’s educational training. It is a 106 semester hour program with electives available in all the different theological disciplines. The program includes the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew in order to equip the student to dig deeper into the text. Biblical courses will include concentrating on each book of the Bible in depth. For those who have studied Greek or Hebrew may take proficiency examinations to determine if they may be exempted from portions of the language requirements. In addition to the coursework, M.Div. students are required to complete 400 hours of field education experience during their degree program, which is further designed to help students put their academic knowledge into practice.

Required Master of Divinity Core Courses per Year (3 Year M.Div. Curriculum)
Junior Year (1st Year) – 37 hours

  • Greek I and II (6 hours, 3 hours each)
  • The History of Christianity I and II (6 hours, 3 hours each)
  • Leadership (2)
  • Gospels (3)
  • Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies (3)
  • Classics of Personal Devotions (1)
  • Acts and Romans (2)
  • History of Philosophy and Christian Thought (3)
  • Evangelism (2)
  • Greek Exegesis (2)
  • Pauline Epistles (3)
  • Christian Encounter with Islam (3)
  • Elective (2)

Middle Year (2nd Year) – 34 hours

  • Missions (2)
  • Introduction to Hebrew (3)
  • Communication I (2)
  • Pastoral Counseling (3)
  • Genesis – Joshua (3)
  • Systematic Theology I (3)
  • Field Education Internship
  • Intermediate Hebrew (3)
  • Hebrew – Revelation (3)
  • Pastoral Ministry (2)
  • Hebrew Exegesis (2)
  • Poets (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory I (2)
  • Systematic Theology II (2)
  • Elective (2)

Senior Year (3rd Year) – 35 hours

  • Systematic Theology III (3)
  • Isaiah – Malachi (3)
  • Pastoral and Social Ethics (3)
  • Church Polity (1)
  • Communication II (2)
  • Principles of Sanctification (1)
  • Field Education Seminar
  • Apologetics (2)
  • Worship (3)
  • Educational Ministry of the Church (2)
  • Covenant Theology (2)
  • Advanced Biblical Exegesis/Macro-Hermeneutics (3)
  • Preaching Laboratory II (2)
  • Judges – Ester (2)
  • 3 Elective (6 hours, 2 hours each)
  • Field Education Seminar

RTS Charlotte offers two different emphasis in the Master of Divinity Program: M.Div. Emphasis in Reformed Campus Ministry and M.Div. Emphasis in Chaplains Ministry. Students who select an emphasis should adjust the core curriculum by dropping subjects then substituting it with the required courses.

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Reformed Campus Ministry

RTS Charlotte recognizes that ministry among college and university students is one of the most significant and strategic ways to develop next generation’s church leaders and evangelize the lost. Thus, RTS Charlotte offers the Institute of Reformed Campus Ministry (IRCM) which provides specialized training in the Master of Divinity degree with a focus upon ministry among college and university students. The IRCM includes a degree emphasis within the M.Div. program at the RTS Charlotte campus, an active fellowship among students headed to campus ministry, annual conferences & lectures, and numerous campus ministry opportunities. Within this degree emphasis, IRCM students are allowed to take specially focused courses in lieu of core classes and electives in the general M. Div. curriculum.

  • Ministry in a Postmodern Context replaces Church and the World
  • Pastoral Ministry: Local Church & College Campus replaces Pastoral MInistry
  • Discipleship & Campus Ministry replaces Educational Ministries in the Church
  • Planting and Growing a Campus Ministry replaces Evangelism
  • Applied Apologetics replaces one Elective course

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Chaplains Ministry

Due to the incredible opportunities and need for chaplains in all sectors of American life, both domestically and internationally, RTS Charlotte offers the Chaplains Ministry Institute (CMI) that focuses on preparing men and women for service in many settings: military, institutional, airport, hospital, corporate, and more. The CMI includes a degree emphasis within the M. Div. program at the RTS Charlotte campus, an active fellowship among students headed for chaplain ministry, annual conferences & lectures, numerous chaplain ministry opportunities, and mentorships with chaplains in the community. Within the degree emphasis, CMI students take special focused courses in lieu of core classes and electives in the general M. Div. curriculum.

These courses are as follows:

  • Leadership and Chaplain Ministry
  • Pastoral Theology for Chaplains
  • Counseling and Chaplain Ministry
  • Evangelism, Chaplaincy and Pluralism
  • Applied Apologetics

More information about Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte Campus) curriculum.

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Reformed Theological Seminary – Orlando

In addition to the Jackson and Charlotte  campus, Reformed Theological Seminary offers courses at the Orlando campus. RTS Orlando is a place of vocational and spiritual formation under the mentoring of godly pastors-scholars who share your burden for the inerrancy and sufficiency of the Word of God, for the lost, for the saints to be equipped, and for the nations to be discipled. RTS Orlando has trained more than 1,500 pastors and leaders for the global 21st century church since opening in the fall of 1989.

RTS Orlando currently offers academic degrees in Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Biblical Studies), Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Counseling and Doctor of Ministry. RTS Orlando maintains a belief in the inerrancy of the Bible and generally follows Reformed tradition, including Covenant Theology. Don Sweeting serves as the current President of RTS Charlotte and James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Church History.

Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando Campus)

RTS Orlando offers one of the most rigorous and comprehensive Master of Divinity degrees in the United States to both men and women from the states and abroad. The M. Div. curriculum is designed to offer training for pastoral ministry and is concentrated in three basic areas – Bible, theology, and practical theology. In addition to training for pastoral ministry, the curriculum is designed to aid in the student’s sanctification and ability to apply Scripture to contemporary circumstances.

Students taking the M.Div. degree may major in one of two emphasis offered in Belcher Campus: Counseling and Baptist Studies. Both programs require a total of 106 semester hours and is typically done in 3 years.

Students begin taking Hebrew and Greek in their first year. For those who have studied Greek or Hebrew may take proficiency examinations to determine if they may be exempted from portions of the language requirements.

Required Master of Divinity Core Courses per Year (3 Year M. Div. Curriculum)
Junior Year – 37 hours

  • Greek I and II (6 hours, 3 credits each)
  • Theology of Ministry I (2)
  • The History of Christianity I and II (6 hours, 3 credits each)
  • Evangelism (2)
  • Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies (3)
  • Christian Encounter with Islam (2)
  • Hebrew I and II (6 hours, 3 credits each)
  • Greek Exegesis (3)
  • Genesis – Joshua (3)
  • Communication I (2)
  • Elective (2)

Middle Year – 36 hours

  • Gospels (4)
  • Pastoral Counseling (3)
  • Hebrew Exegesis (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory I (1)
  • Systematic Theology I & II (6 hours, 3 hours each)
  • Judges – Ester (2)
  • Educational Ministry of the Church (2)
  • History of Philosophy and Christian Thought (3)
  • Acts and Pauline Epistles (4)
  • Advanced Biblical Exegesis (2)
  • Poets (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory II (1)
  • 2 Elective (4 hours, 2 hours each)

Senior year – 33 hours

  • Hebrews – Revelation (3)
  • Missions (3)
  • Communication II (2)
  • Worship (3)
  • Classics of Personal Devotions (1)
  • Systematic Theology III (2)
  • Apologetics (2)
  • Mentoring (1)
  • Field Education Seminar
  • Church Polity (1)
  • Isaiah – Malachi (3)
  • Theology of Ministry II (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory III (1)
  • Covenant Theology (2)
  • Pastoral and Social Ethics (3)
  • 2 Electives (4 hours, 2 hours each)
  • Field Education Seminar

RTS Orlando offers two different emphasis in the Master of Divinity Program: M.Div. Emphasis in Counseling and M.Div. Emphasis in Baptist Studies. Students who select an emphasis should adjust the core curriculum by dropping subjects then substituting it with the required courses.

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Counseling

The Master of Divinity Emphasis in Counseling provides students preparing for Christian ministry with an opportunity to receive specialized training in applying the gospel to persons in a variety of situations and settings.

These courses are as follows:

  • Addictions replaces 1 Elective (3 hours)
  • Theory and Practice of Counseling & Psychotherapy replaces 1 Elective (3 hours)
  • Psychology in Relation to Theology I replaces Classics of Peers Devotion
  • Sexuality and Sex Therapy replaces Educational Ministry of the Church
  • Couples Counseling replaces 1 Elective (3)

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Baptist Studies

The Master of DIvinity Emphasis in Baptist Studies is offered in conjunction with the Nicole Institute of Baptist Studies at RTS Orlando, which exists to prepare leaders for the church who are marked with “a mind for truth, and a heart for God,” by imparting to them the riches of Reformed theology and piety whole also conveying a robust vision of the church and its ministry.

These courses are as follows:

  • Baptist Confessions replaces 1 Elective (2)
  • Baptist Theology of Ministry replaces 1 Elective (2)
  • Baptist Polity replaces Church Polity
  • Baptist History replaces 1 Elective (1)

More information about the curriculum of Reformed Theological Seminary – Orlando.

Westminster-California

Westminster Seminary California

Since 1979, Westminster Seminary California has offered a distinctively Reformed theological education in order to glorify Christ, promote His Gospel, and serve His Church. The strength of our four master degree programs lies in our faculty’s commitment to the inerrant Scriptures and the Reformed confessions. Our alumni use their education as pastors, missionaries, teachers, and leaders in the Church for the world.

Westminster Seminary California welcomed its first students in the fall of 1980. From the beginning, WSC committed itself to providing the finest in theological education with a particular focus on preparing men for pastoral ministry. The inerrancy of the Scriptures, the Gospel of Christ, the importance of the church and preaching, and the Reformed confessions have all guided the life and teaching of the Seminary.

From its inception WSC has attracted students from all over the United States and from many foreign countries. At the time of its founding, there was no Reformed seminary in the western part of the United States. WSC established a campus with an extensive library, a comprehensive curriculum, and a full faculty of teachers who were both experienced pastors and experts in their academic disciplines.

WSC traces its commitment to Reformed theological education back to the Reformation and especially to John Calvin’s educational approach in his Genevan Academy. In America that educational heritage was maintained at Princeton Theological Seminary in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Old Princeton was devoted to the inerrancy of the Bible, outstanding scholarship, fine academic education, and service to the church in its preaching and missionary work. When in 1929 Princeton Seminary was reorganized to tolerate theological liberalism, several faculty members, led by the distinguished scholar J. Gresham Machen, left Princeton to found Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The new seminary preserved the heritage of old Princeton and passed it on to WSC. Westminster Seminary California was initially a branch campus of the Philadelphia school until 1982 when it became fully independent.

Dr. Robert B. Strimple and Mr. Robert G. den Dulk shared the administrative responsibilities for founding the Seminary, moving to California in 1979. Dr. Strimple became the first president of WSC in 1982, overseeing the movement of the Seminary from its temporary home in San Marcos to its beautiful, permanent campus in southeastern Escondido. In 1988, Dr. Strimple returned to full-time teaching and scholarship, while Mr. den Dulk became president, increasing the size and financial strength of the school. Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, who had joined the faculty in 1981 as professor of church history, became the third president of WSC in 1993.

Covenant-Theological

Covenant Theological Seminary

Covenant Theological Seminary, sometimes known as Covenant Seminary is the denominational seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Covenant is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and its primary task is to train students for pastoral ministry – including church planting, campus ministry, chaplaincy, and missionary service. The Seminary does not require its students to be members of the PCA, but it is loyal to the teachings of its denomination.

Covenant Seminary’s faculty, as well as the Board of Trustees annually subscribe in the writing to the Bible as the Word of God, immediately inspired and inerrant in its original writings, and to the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, which, although subordinate to the Bible in their authority, set forth the Seminary’s understanding of biblical faith in a consistent and reliable form. Covenant’s students, on the other hand, affirms the historic Christian beliefs expressed in such documents as the Apostles’ Creed and the Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Dr. Mark Dalbey serves as the current president of Covenant Theological Seminary. He is also an Associate Professor of Practical Theology.

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Westminster Theological Seminary

Founded in 1929, Westminster Theological Seminary is a Presbyterian and Reformed Christian graduate institution that offers theological education at Philadelphia campus and through a program of study in London. In 1982, the California campus of Westminster became an independent institution which is now known as Westminster Theological Seminary California.

Westminster Theological School exists to form Christian leaders to proclaim the whole counsel of God throughout a changing world. The Seminary is committed to Scripture and to the systematic exposition of biblical truth known as the Reformed faith. The School also subscribes to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Westminster desires to be used in training ministers of the gospel and others for service in those churches committed to the Three Forms of Unity as subordinate standards.

The current president of Westminster Theological Seminary Dr. Peter A. Lillback. He is also the Professor of Historical Theology.

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Reformed Theological Seminary – Jackson

Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) is a non-denominational, evangelical graduate school dedicated to serve the Church in all branches by preparing its leaders through a program of graduate theological education. RTS’ primary theological distinctives are a commitment to historic Reformed theology and the Bible as God’s inerrant Word. RTS was founded in Jackson, Mississippi and also has campuses in Orlando, Florida, Washington D.C. and Charlotte, North Carolina. RTS in Jackson (also famously known as the Belcher Campus) currently offers academic degrees in Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling and Doctor of Ministry.

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, III was appointed as the Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary last August 2013. He was the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at RTS in Jackson and was responsible for teaching courses as Systematic Theology, Ethics, Apologetics, History of Philosophy and Christian Thought, Covenant Theology, Patristics, Evangelism and Theology of the Westminster Standards. Dr. Duncan is also the Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church where he has served for the past 17 years.

Guy L. Richardson serves as the current President of RTS in Jackson.

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Pentecostal Theological Seminary

The Pentecostal Theological Seminary is dedicated to preparing pastors and training ministerial leaders for global evangelization. Over twelve hundred Seminary graduates serve in strategic locations and lead ministries to fulfill the urgent world-wide mission of the church.

From its inception, the Seminary has shared library resources with Lee University. In the Fall of 1981, the Seminary doubled the holdings in religion with the purchase of 27,000 volumes. The Pentecostal Resource Center houses the William G. Squires Library and serves both the Seminary and Lee University. It is also an archive for the Church of God and the international Pentecostal Research Center. The library currently contains approximately 154,000 volumes. Following the election of Dr. Cecil B. Knight at the 1982 General Assembly as Assistant General Overseer, Dr. Lewis J. Willis was appointed President. The enrollment continued to grow in the Fall.

With the dedication of the Thurman J. Curtsinger Ministry Center on September 28, 1995, the Seminary effectively doubled its campus workspace. This accomplishment speaks to the honor of a noted churchman who endowed the project, to the leadership that has brought it to pass, and to the passion, dedication, and reputation of a highly qualified faculty. In 1997, the Board of Directors, in keeping with the earliest rationale for the school and its unique denominational mission, changed the name of the school to Church of God Theological Seminary.

In May of 1998, Dr. Donald M. Walker, a Seminary alumnus, was selected as President. He and his wife, Jacquelyn, gave themselves tirelessly to secure finances and a record enrollment at the Seminary. President Walker arrived at the Seminary in the middle of the self-study for reaffirmation of accreditation and worked to make this a reality. During his tenure, ATS and SACS reaffirmed the accreditation of the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Discipleship and Christian Formation, and the Master of Arts in Church Ministries degrees for ten years, and approved the Doctor of Ministry degree. Along with his wife, they increased endowment scholarships to $6 million, making it possible for more ministers to be fully equipped for ministry in the twenty-first century, and established 3 new endowed chairs.

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Regent College

Founded in 1968, Regent College is a transdenominational graduate school of theology located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and is housed in a three-level building. The campus is on the farther side of Vancouver City, and the College is housed in a three-level building. Regent is affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is part of the consortium of theological schools on the UBC campus. Regent College is an evangelical school that seeks to cultivate intelligent, vigorous, and joyful commitment to Jesus Christ, His church and His world. Regent College also remains true to orthodox faith as recorded in the Scriptures.

Regent College currently offers four distinct graduate degree programs – Diploma in Christian Studies (DipCS), Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS), Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Theology (ThM). Some of the programs that fall under these concentrations include: Old Testament; Missions & Evangelism; New Testament; Biblical Studies; Marketplace Theology; Family & Community; and Church History. Today, over 600 students are enrolled in the Regent and coming from over 40 foreign countries and representing more than 30 denominations. Moreover, Regent College has produced more than 4,000 graduates and 17,000 former students worldwide.

Dr. Rod Wilson has served as the current president of Regent College since 2000. He is also the Professor of Counselling and Psychology.