The Westminster Choice

          

A Single Choice for a Lifetime of Ministry

Over the course of only a few years, your seminary studies have the potential to impact the rest of your life and ministry. The faculty, the lectures, the reading lists, the study groups, the internships...everything will dramatically shape your understanding of the gospel and your effectiveness in ministry. Not only is a theological education a profound opportunity, but it is also a critical choice. The character of your ministry will follow the character of your seminary education.

One of the most important decisions then you can make for your ministry is to challenge yourself with a seminary education that attains to the quality and goals of the ministry the Bible requires of us. Scripture commends to us the “noble task” of ministry (1 Tim 3:1), but also cautions us with the high responsibilities of the calling (James 3:1; Acts 20:27–28) and the critical role of right theology for the sake of effective ministry (1 Tim 4:6–7, 16).

One of the most important decisions, then, that you can make for your ministry is to challenge yourself with a seminary education that aspires to the quality and goals that the Bible requires. Scripture commends to us the “noble task” of ministry (1 Tim 3:1). Scripture cautions us with the high responsibilities of the calling (James 3:1; Acts 20:27–28) and the critical role of right theology for the sake of effective ministry (1 Tim 4:6–7, 16).

Many factors matter in committing to seminary. Location matters. Cost matters. Time matters. Westminster offers convincing value in each of these. But more than these, content matters, because content is what you will take to your flock. The content you receive from the quality of faculty and theological training matters most, because it will shape your teaching, preaching, counseling, study, and ministry for all of the decades that follow.  

Rigorous Training for a Rigorous Calling

To choose Westminster is to choose a curriculum that since 1929 has been devoted to applying the highest quality of reformed scholarship to the task of ministry. Several, fundamental principles underlie the curriculum:

A thoroughly exegetical program

At Westminster, nearly every degree requires students to work in the uniqueness of the original biblical languages. This requirement is not only necessary for New Testament and Old Testament classes, but it is also required for the other disciplines—apologetics, systematic theology, preaching, and the rest. We aim to equip you in such a way that your entire ministry will be shaped by careful exegesis of God’s Word.

A thoroughly integrated program

At Westminster, the theology of each of our departments depends on the others. Because each discipline derives its content and methodology from Scripture, each discipline necessarily draws on, as well as informs, all the others. The content and character of your apologetics courses will shape your counseling courses. You will become a better preacher while in your church history courses. You will become a better Old Testament exegete in your systematic theology courses. Our goal is that the whole counsel of God shapes your whole education, and therefore your whole ministry.

A thoroughly practical program

At Westminster, scholarship exists to serve the church. Every class is designed to strengthen your ministry. Although classes often will be rigorous as they engage numerous, important topics, they all have far-reaching impact for ministry. The further you engage the depth of God’s Word, the more prepared you will be to lead God’s flock through that Word.