GRACE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
PASTOR’S SEMINARY

PREPARING THE CHURCH TO PREPARE THE CHURCH


WHAT SETS GSTPS APART FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS?

The list would be too vast to compare, but in short, we hold to what we believe is the best model of learning and ministry preparation for the local church.

  • CUSTOMIZED LEARNING ASSESSMENTS
  • LOCAL AND DISTANCE CLASSROOMS
  • FULL MINISTRY PREPARATORY
  • THEOLOGICALLY NARROW FOCUS (ORTHODOXY)
  • WORLD-CLASS EXPERTS IN ALL FIELDS
  • A MYOPIC FOCUS ON THEOLOGICAL STUDIES & SCRIPTURE
  • APPLIED THEOLOGY AT THE CORE

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TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR EDUCATION AND MINISTRY PREPARATION

We have many learning modules, programs, and established mediums through which our students learn. While learning is not at one’s leisure, we do offer programs for both ends of the spectrum in relation to the advancement of time in the books.

We have a module program that allows students to take and complete portions of a course or degree plan without having to do everything at once and we also have options where a student can take an entire module’s requirements and, with approval from their mentor, effectively carve out large portions of certain subjects quickly with intensive programs.

THE CHOICE IS YOURS, HELP IS YOURS

For the rare student who is free to study all the time and invest a large portion of their calendar and resources for learning, we are able to assist you in planning your degree completion and in most situations, course work can be completed with personal assistance from faculty.

THE WHOLE WORLD IS ON SOCIAL MEDIA TOGETHER, WHY CAN’T THEY BE LEARNING TOO?

As you’ll see quickly, GSTPS has venues, courses, class work, lectures, videos, digital classrooms, and much more. We have in class options, group options and of course, ONLINE LEARNING.  Getting a degree online is all the rave these days and in reality, we’re going to see higher learning using online study and course work.  It’s more affordable, convenient and at times, easier to manage.

Not all of our classes can be done online and a select few of our degree programs are “in class” only, but mostly about 90% of everything we offer can be modified for online learning.

OUR ONLINE SEMINARY AND THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL STRATEGY

Just as there are several places one can have a class: church, classroom, living room, coffee shop, fire station, etc.; one can also have several different “venues” when considering online study. We offer course work through back-end services hosted with us on our servers and we also have chat rooms, video feeds, Facebook “live” options, and even utilize skype or other media, especially for international students.

So, relax, your online education isn’t going to cause you more aggravation, we want your theological and ministry preparation to be encouraging, inviting and transformational! Let us know you’re ready to get started online today!

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Mission

The mission of GSTPS is to provide training to believers, pastors, and ministry leaders in sound biblical instruction and application that is equivalent to or greater than most seminaries.R

GSTPS embraces the foundational truth that the Word of God is the final authority on all matters of doctrine, theology, and ministry. Further, we believe that the Reformed system of theology summarized in the 2nd London and Westminster confessions of faith represents the teaching of scripture. Therefore, the thrust of our mission and vision centers on and around the “knowing & understanding” the bible. This is vital because only through scripture can one know God and most vitally, know the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ.

We exist to provide training to believers, pastors, and ministry leaders in sound biblical instruction and application that is equivalent to or greater than most seminaries. Whether one is a pastoral candidate, current pastor, missionary or ministry student, GSTPS will provide functional and rich theological instruction as an extension of the local church.

Vision

Our Vision for GSTPS is that when students complete a program they will not only have learned the material but have learned to apply it to their lives and ministries.

A student will be required to “learn” theological teaching and in turn “apply” this teaching to their personal lives, ministries, and future plans. One constant will be that all students completing any program will be required to establish how the learning will be effective in his or her own lives as a Christian.

Our instruction is geared only toward theological training and applied theology rather than pragmatism of methods and philosophies. We feel that true ministry preparation begins and ends with scripture and methods of application are clearly taught within the confines of the biblical text. Therefore, the dogmatic philosophy of GSTPS is geared toward the end of the worship of God rather than the practice of man.

Additionally, GSTPS exists and operates through a cooperative effort of pastoral oversight from several churches who share the vision as a biblical mandate for theological education. GSTPS has an advisory board and educational council that will bring accountability to the doctrinal positions and the philosophy of education.

GSTPS purposes to provide local and online training that is overseen through the cooperation with one’s own church establishing a more credible interest along with oversight for those desiring to pursue active ministry during or after completion of their education. GSTPS

Because the scripture reveals that the church is to make disciples, we value the expansion of theological education through the church and as such we are comprised of instructors and overseers who are active in the local church who teach not in theory but in practice and application.

GSTPS will not seek accreditation from local or federal agencies and while our learning methods and instruction will be of the highest caliber, utilization of these credits for future education should be discussed before matriculation. We have partnerships with many accredited institutions but the assessment methods for some of them are different and must be examined on a case-by-case basis. There is also a higher cost on some classes due to this and the student should make the administration aware of any future plans so that the program can be customized accordingly.

 


“Anyone in any place in life can grow and be equipped for ministry while serving the local church.”

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR MINISTRY PREPARATION TODAY.

We have many learning modules, programs, and established mediums through which our students learn. While learning is not at one’s leisure, we do offer programs for both ends of the spectrum in relation to advancement of time in the books.

BENEFITS:

WORLD-WIDE CLASSROOMS BENEFIT THE LOCAL CHURCH

Your learning should be life-long, and it should be geared and tailored to the call in your life. GSTPS prepares Christians to be actively invested in the local church and her ministry and so you don’t have to “quit” serving to become an academic.

EXPERT EVALUATION ON LEARNING ASSESSMENT

Not every student is geared or prepared to become an academic. While we offer the highest of academic fortitude and scrutiny, we also provide custom learning assessments for every course offered so that evaluation and course credit can be effectively assured for every student, no matter how well they test, write, or speak.

APPLICATION OR ELSE

So what? What good is what you just learned if it has no real-world application? Even if it is applied to the practice and expression of worship, all learning through GSTPS requires applied outcomes and assessment. So, when you read Barth and his opponents, you will know why it is important and be able to show how it will apply to the ministry that you serve or will serve.


 FOCUSED ON APPLIED THEOLOGY FOR THE LOCAL CHURCH

While theological and biblical training can be found in many places, very few experiences offer sound doctrinal and hermeneutical understanding and application. GSTPS provides not only sound teaching but sound learning and instruction by world-class professors who are actively invested in the ministry, not just the classroom.


PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT

We don’t want you spending time on something you’ve already spent time and resources learning. GSTPS does not grant academic credit for “prior experience” nor conferral of degrees based on work or time in the ministry. We will, however, consider such practice, learning, education or self-study as we prepare your customized degree plan. Our evaluation process comes with great scrutiny because there is nothing worse than thinking we know what we do not actually know. 


Applied Learning and Evaluation

We want you to apply the knowledge you have for the work of the ministry. So, if you’ve studied a subject and feel you have a great handle on it, then we will help you evaluate that and customize your classes for you. If you are indeed an expert, we have procedures in place for evaluating both the academic and application portions of course requirements. But we don’t permit accelerated credits through these means.