Providence Theological Seminary (PTS) inaugurated resident night classes in Colorado Springs, CO on September 4, 2007. A full curriculum was offered during the inaugural year of studies less the Biblical Languages. Instruction in the Biblical languages commenced with the fall semester of 2008. In 2015, PTS moved from Colorado Springs, CO to Franklin, TN.
– PTS Degree Programs –
• Primary emphasis upon a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree for training gifted men for the pastoral ministry
• Two bachelor level programs:
• Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div.) degree
• Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) degree
• Diploma in Theological Studies (DTS)
– PTS Doctrinal Distinctives –
(1) New Covenant Theology; (2) Doctrines of Grace; (3) Baptist Ecclesiology
– The Need For PTS –
One of the greatest needs of the Church today is the teaching and proclamation of sound doctrine in the context of obeying the two greatest commandments: love of God and neighbor. The Apostle Paul charged Timothy to “be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15, NASB). In light of this apostolic exhortation and focus upon the ministry of the Church in carrying out the Great Commission, PTS is committed to the training of scholar-saints to become preachers and teachers of the Word of God witnessed by personal holiness in life, both in word and deed.
– Doctrinal Reasons For PTS –
The doctrinal reasons for PTS can be summed up in The Three Phrases; New Covenant Theology (NCT); the Doctrines of Grace; and Baptist Ecclesiology. The latter two areas are taught in other Christian institutions of higher learning. But the first areas of emphasis, NCT, is not widely and openly taught in the American evangelical educational system. Not to be detached from holiness of life, the focus of NCT, is upon Christ as revealed in the whole counsel of God inscripturated in the 66 books of the Holy Bible. Instruction is grounded upon the exegetical, biblical-theological and systematic teaching of principles of biblical interpretation (hermeneutic). The hermeneutic is based upon the way that the Lord Jesus and the writers of the New Covenant Scriptures understood and explained the fulfillment of the final revelation of God’s eternal redemptive purpose. In brief, this is what is meant by the term New Covenant Theology.
– The Educational Purpose for PTS –
The educational purpose of PTS, an English-speaking theological institution, is twofold: (1) to train spiritually gifted (Rom. 12:3-8) and qualified men (1 Tim. 3:1-7) called by God to preach and teach the gospel of Christ; and (2) to train spiritually gifted women to exercise their gifts (Rom. 12:3-8) in a woman’s role (Acts 18:26; 1 Tim. 2:12-14; 2 Tim. 1:5; 3:15) in the service of Christ (Rom. 16:1).
– The Educational Purpose for PTS –
The philosophy of education places primary emphasis on training the student to understand and explain the redemptive purpose for the people of God from the sacred text. The principles of interpretation of the Bible for the Christian church are derived from the New Covenant Scriptures. PTS understands the need to consider and interact with gifted scholarship of the past and present, but emphasis would be placed upon the contextual exegesis and exposition of the biblical text itself. Care will be taken to not over-burden the student with hundreds of pages of reading and reporting on writings of contemporary scholarship. Students will be exhorted to be diligent in their studies to handle accurately the Word of God and to put in practice their faith and walk in their personal life and workplace. Emphasis is placed upon their family and upon active participation in a mission-oriented, doctrinal local church while daily beseeching their Heavenly Father to enable them to love God with all their heart, soul and mind and their neighbor as themselves.