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Why Choose Greenville Seminary

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes . . . . (Romans 1:16)

Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is committed to training powerful, articulate proclaimers of the Good News of Salvation revealed in God's Word as understood through the historic Reformed faith. If you are considering Greenville Seminary for your theological education, you are likely someone who highly values the commitment which we share to the timeless truths of the Holy Scriptures and the doctrines of faith and life which the Protestant Reformation rediscovered and systematized from God's Word.

The landscape of theological education across America and all of Christendom is broad and highly varied. Sadly, the vast majority of seminaries have lost sight of the foundational truths revealed in God's Holy Word and, in the face of Scripture's clear warnings, have followed after false doctrines, abandoning the faith "once for all delivered to the saints." Some who give lip service to orthodoxy are prone to flirt with provocative but questionable new perspectives; some who make no pretense toward orthodoxy proudly embrace the most despicable heresies. Many, in the spirit of the age, have lost sight of the importance of common doctrine and opt for "cutting-edge" theological innovation or a sentimental, contentless religion.

As one liberal theologian tragically put it: "Seminary also introduced me to the historical study of Jesus and Christian origins. I learned from my professors and the readings they assigned that Jesus almost certainly was not born of a virgin, did not think of himself as the Son of God, and did not see his purpose as dying for the sins of the world. I also found the claim that Jesus and Christianity were the only way of salvation to be troublesome." (Dr. Marcus Borg)

By contrast, Greenville Seminary numbers itself among a tiny handful of conservative theological institutions absolutely committed to the inerrant Word of God and the distinctive tenets of Christian truth derived from it - distinctives so eloquently set forth in the confessional standards of the historic Reformed Faith.

Our unswerving devotion to these principles make our theological education unique:

The Authority of Scripture - GPTS recognizes the absolute sovereignty of God and the authority of His decrees. It is therefore unequivocally committed to the inerrancy of Scripture as its foundational theological principle. The broad evangelicalism that often arises within Reformed churches points to a failure of her leaders to grasp fully the implications of this fundamental doctrine. At GPTS we seek to work out this great doctrine in every area of our instruction.

  • Doctrinal Integrity - It is our conviction that the modern Church must preserve orthodoxy by returning to full subscription to biblical truths as set forth in the Westminster Standards, and that ministers and elders must uphold their ordination vows of full subscription. It is with this in mind that GPTS teaches the Biblical faith as set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms of the English/Scottish Reformation. We also recognize the validity and importance of other Reformed standards such as the Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession and Canons of Dort, the so-called "Three Forms of Unity" of the continental Calvinist Reformation.

  • The Original Languages of Scripture - GPTS emphasizes the importance of the original languages in which Scripture was written and keeps the student in these languages throughout their theological education. We believe this will be a blessing to the Church as men enter the pulpit with the authority that comes from having dealt with the text of the original divine revelation as expressed by the holy writers of Scripture.

  • The Preservation of our Christian Heritage - The Greenville Seminary curriculum emphasizes both the history of the Church and the theological development of the Church. We do this because Christianity is based upon historical facts and the proper interpretation of those facts.

  • Christ-centered-heart Preaching - Because the preaching of the Word is the God-ordained means for the spread of the Gospel, the priority of preaching is one of the main thrusts of a GPTS education. We believe that one of the great needs of the modern Church is strong preaching accompanied by humility of spirit and sincerity of heart.

  • A Classical Curriculum - Our "Foundations" year curriculum, in addition to Introduction to Reformed Theology, and the beginning Greek and Hebrew courses, includes Logic, Rhetoric, and the History of Philosophy. These courses enable men to profit more fully from the remainder of our curriculum. They also train our students to be more careful thinkers and articulate speakers.

  • Accountability to the Church - We are committed to ecclesiastical accountability and therefore enter into support and oversight agreements with church sessions and presbyteries that are in agreement with our mission. In light of this commitment, we seek our accreditation from ecclesiastical bodies.

  • Affordable Tuition - Students shouldn't leave seminary with a mountain of debt. Therefore, our tuition is one half to a third less than other historically Presbyterian seminaries. Moreover, students who come from GPTS-supporting churches or Presbyteries often have their tuition waived. Tuition currently costs $160 per credit hour. This makes the full cost of our 4-year Master of Divinity degree (124 credit hours) to be $19,840. This is only a fraction of the cost of comparable seminaries in North America. Our tuition is kept low because 70 percent of our operating costs are paid by sponsoring churches and individual donors.

  • For a more detailed discussion of these points, visit our Academic Distinctives page. If you share these insights and commitments, we welcome you to further explore Greenville Seminary to advance your training for service in God's Kingdom. We recognize that web sites and brochures can only provide a snapshot of the fuller character of an education at Greenville Seminary. To learn more, contact us with your specific questions. We would also be delighted to arrange a visit to our distinguished campus facilities in Taylors, South Carolina, where you will have an opportunity to personally meet with our president, faculty and staff and become familiar with the beauties and Southern hospitality of our community and state.

    To apply for admission online, complete our enrollment application form here.

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