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  GPTS Plans Vital Summer Institute On Conflict Resolution   


"Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there will be conflict." At least, that’s how some are wont to paraphrase the verse. Of course, any careful look at life in the church confirms this to be true. Yet, our Lord says that the world has a right to judge the genuineness of our faith by our love for one another. Conflict, and how we handle it, will therefore, of necessity be an important part of ministry in Christ’s church.

Together we’ll explore the roots of conflict and focus on methods to deal with it biblically. Preventing unnecessary trouble as well as preparing to handle it personally, pastorally and institutionally will be our focus. We will also examine the principles, attitudes and commitments of Scripture that enable us to be good stewards of the conflicts that God chooses to send our way. Shepherding God’s flock through such periods, so that they become periods of blessing and growth, will be our goal. You will be equipped with practical materials and skills to deal with conflict in the church redemptively.



Today's pastors and counselors frequently cite "Conflict Resolution" as a growing concern in their ministries.  That subject, subtitled "Exploring Ways to Prevent,  Shepherd and Redeem Conflict in the Church," will be the topic of the 2012 GPTS Summer Institute July 30-August 3. Together we’ll explore the roots of conflict and focus on methods to deal with it biblically. Preventing unnecessary trouble as well as preparing to handle it personally, pastorally and institutionally will be our focus. We will also examine the principles, attitudes and commitments of Scripture that enable us to be good stewards of the conflicts that God chooses to send our way. Shepherding God’s flock through such periods, so that they become periods of blessing and growth, will be our goal. You will be equipped with practical materials and skills to deal with conflict in the church redemptively. [DOWNLOAD BROCHURE]



Dr. Kevin Backus, pastor of Grand Island Bible Church in New York, who has done much training and teaching in the area of biblical counseling and conflict resolution, will be teaching this week-long course. Mark your calendars now, and plan to join us for this informative time of training.


Tuition for the Summer Institute is $225. The conference schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, July 30: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 31-Aug. 1-2: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Friday, Aug. 3: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m..

You may register online at Please register by Friday, June 29th.


Also on the summer schedule is our summer theology course, to be held July 23-27. Dr. Morton Smith will again teach his popular course, Studies in Southern Presbyterian Theology. These lectures continue to be a favorite among students, elders, and Christians of all ages. The course is popular because it covers a wide range of topics through the instrumentality of those most interesting and sometimes controversial Southern Presbyterians.


Tuition for the summer theology class on Southern Presbyterianism is $360.00 (tuition and fees), or $60 to audit. Please register by Friday, June 29th through the Registrar’s office only by calling 864.322.2717 ext. 302 or e-mailing the registrar. GPTS students must register by May 11.


The dates and times for the classes are as follows:

  • Monday, July 23: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 24 - July 26: 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 27: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  Islam Course Upcoming in Fall Semester  

The global march of Islam continues unabated, even as the Christian church is just beginning to awaken to the need to witness the Gospel of Christ to its adherents.


Greenville Seminary's unique course on Islam is designed to prepare Christians for an appropriate biblical response as part of an effective apologetic (defense) of our faith and an evangelistic outreach.


The course will be taught again this fall at GPTS on an intensive schedule by Dr. Anees Zaka of Church Without Walls, Philadelphia. Classes will be held as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 10 – 6-10 p.m.
  • Tuesday - Friday, Sept. 11-14 – 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.; 1:30 -5:00 p.m.

The course is available for enrollment by the public on an audit basis. Contact Registrar Kathleen Curto ( for details.


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  Join Us for Lunch at the 2012 PCA GA  

Friends of Greenville Seminary are invited to join us for a special luncheon during the 2012 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America in Louisville, Kentucky. The luncheon will be held at The Old Spaghetti Factory (shown below), 235 W. Market St., across the street from the Kentucky International Convention Center. Date: Thursday, June 21. Time: 12 noon.


This year is our school's 25th Anniversary, and President Joseph A. Pipa Jr. will be providing an update on developments at GPTS and sharing his vision for our future as a seminary. We will again be offering some door prizes!

Reservation required. To R.S.V.P.,


Join Us for Breakfast at the 2012 OPC GA


Delegates to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church General Assembly at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., are cordially invited to a breakfast fellowship and presentation hosted by Greenville Seminary, Thursday June 7.


Board Chairman Dr. George W. Knight III and Professor Tony Curto will be on hand to update our guests on the seminary's progress and answer questions.


The breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. in the South Party Room adjacent to the main dining area. Delegates should obtain their meal using their G.A. meal plan and proceed to the meeting room to share the meal.

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Dear Dr. Pipa,
I just read — for the first time — the superb statement of the GPTS faculty on six-day creation. I find in it, at last, my own honest evaluation, including reference to the unwise and unnecessary concession made by the great Princeton Divines. I've long concluded that we will never recover a reformational hermeneutic until this sad fact is faced up to. I cannot tell you how heartening it is to me that you men have had the integrity and courage to say what you have said. As I see it the doctrine of six-day creation is as clearly foundational and essential as any article of our faith. If the current state of things (in which several contradictory views are equally tolerated) continues, I do not see how we can keep the church from the same kind of manipulation of other (even essential) doctrines.

Anyway, Dr. Pipa, I heartily thank you for taking this firm stand. I WISH IT WERE BETTER KNOWN THROUGHOUT REFORMED CHURCHES.

In Christ,
G.I. Williamson


EDITOR'S NOTE: G. I. Williamson is a semi-retired minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and editor of Ordained Servant. He has written several books, including The Westminster Confession of Faith: For Study Classes and The Heidelberg Catechism: A Study Guide.


To read the complete GTPS Faculty Statement on Creation, GO HERE.

  Dr. Pipa Ministers with GPTS Alumni at Pastors Conferences in Italy   


A convent is an unlikely setting for a European Presbyterian pastors' conference, but that's on tap for mid-June in Viterbo, Italy.

The Ministerial Gathering is sponsored by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Viterbo, a fledgling congregation pastored by Michael Cuneo, a graduate of South Carolina's Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, whose President Dr. Joseph A. Pipa Jr. will be the keynote speaker. Pastor Cuneo says the conference is needed to refresh pastors ministering in areas of Europe that are spiritually dry, especially Italy.

Dr. Pipa, who is accompanied by his wife Sissy, is scheduled to present three sermons followed by discussions on evangelism, church planting, discipleship and worship Tuesday through Thursday, the week of June 10. Pipa says the purpose of the gathering is "to develop pastoral care and encouragement."

Participants include Cuneo; Todd Matocha of Cardiff, Wales, a Greenville graduate who pastors a congregation of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England and Wales; Goeksan Cik of Austria;Pavel Bartos, a GPTS graduate ministering in the Czech Republic; Mario Forieri, a former student who started the Viterbo church; Paddy Cook, evangelist with the Presbyterian Evangelical Fellowship, which ministers in Europe.

The gathering will be followed by a weekend conference on marriage and divorce, which Pipa says is a major problem because of teachings of the Roman Catholic Church in Italy.

"Pray for the Gathering," says Pastor Cuneo, that those taught will experience the excitement of the Truth and the Power of the Holy Spirit in ministry. Pray for wisdom for each man’s ministry and the problems that need praying for and working through. Pray that the Holy Spirit will be poured out so these men receive physical & spiritual refreshment. Pray that these men will have an understanding of each other’s ministry and pray & stay in touch. Pray for divine appointments as these men return home to their families as they witness about Jesus."

The Viterbo church is a part of the Mission to Italy of Calvary Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Greenville, S.C. 


Listen to the GPTS Web-based Radio Broadcasts. New interviews weekly!


Newest Broadcasts:



"Creation and the PCA." Pastor Wes White discusses the creation issue controversy, especially as it relates historically to positions taken by the Presbyterian Church in America.


"The Solid Ground of the Word of God." This broadcast examines a book edited by a graduate of GPTS, Gabe Fluhrer, titled The Solid Ground: The Inerrant Word of God in an Errant World.  This is a solid, practical discussion on the importance of Scripture in the lives of the Christian.


κατέχω - Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering.... Hebrews 10:23

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  A Special Message from President Joseph Pipa


Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


This past month, ten graduates joined the ranks of Greenville Seminary alumni. Four graduates were awarded Master of Divinity degrees, two were awarded Bachelor of Divinity degrees and four were awarded Master of Arts degrees. We also had the privilege of conferring two honorary doctorate degrees (Doctor of Divinity) on men who have been faithful advocates of the reformed faith for many years. One honorary degree was presented to Richard Phillips, pastor of Second Presbyterian Church (PCA) here in Greenville. The second honorary degree was presented to Ian Hamilton, pastor of Cambridge Presbyterian Church (EPCEW) in England and a Trustee of Greenville Seminary. The commencement address was given by Mr. Derek Thomas, Minister of Preaching and Teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, at Reformed Theological Seminary. Mr. Thomas used the text of 2 Timothy 4:1-5 to particularly challenge those graduates going out as ministers. The address was an encouragement to all who were able to attend.


As you may know, our enrollment has been increasing and it is very encouraging to see more and more graduates moving out to serve the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some comments from those graduating this year are included in the enclosed insert. As we complete this academic year, we have much over which to rejoice. We are delighted to see God continuing to expand our missionary influence. We now have graduates serving God in Albania, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Haiti, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, and Zambia. This next year, we expect to have students either on campus or in our distance program from Belgium, Canada, China, Great Britain, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru and possibly other countries. We have men serving in over twelve denominations and associations and in three countries doing missionary work with the goal of forming national presbyteries.


We are very thankful to the many people God has raised up to support this ministry in prayer and giving. Would you prayerfully consider making a donation to the on-going work of Greenville Seminary? During the last five weeks of the fiscal year (ends June 30), we would like to receive at least $59,400 ($26,000 above this year’s budgeted income) from individuals. Whether or not you are able to send a gift at this time, please pray that the Lord will provide for our needs. Please also pray for our students and alumni that they will continue to grow in faithfulness to the Word of God. We continue to operate on a strict budget, with a small increase in operation expenses. Please pray for the faculty and trustees of Greenville Seminary as we continue in the ministry of training faithful men to uphold His Word. God uses the prayers and gifts of His people to sustain this work and we hope that you will participate with us and rejoice in that work, for which we desire to give Him all glory and honor.


With warm regards, I am yours in Christ,


Joseph A. Pipa, Jr.


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The tables below show our General Fund and Capital Fund financial condition as of the end of May 2012. We are grateful for the solid record of donations in May, with one more month left in our current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Please read the special report and appeal above from Dr. Pipa, and  prayerfully consider how you might help provide the seminary with a solid financial foundation as we begin a new fiscal year next month and our new academic year in August.


General Fund for May 2012
  May Budget May Actual May  Actual v. Budget
Expenses $80,251  $80,210  -$41 
$62,133   $81,115  +$18,982 
Other Income $18,190  $11,062  -$7,128 
Total Income $80,323  $92,177  +$11,854 
Net Income $72  $11,967  +$11,895 
  Fiscal Year to Date Budget Fiscal Year to Date Actual Fiscal Year to Date Actual v. Budget
Expenses $882,779  $889,027  +$6,248 
$683,467  $680,530  -$2,937 
Other Income $200,080  $211,698  +11,618 
Total Income $883,547  $892,228  +8,681 
Net Income $768  $3,201  +2,433 
Capital Fund Update
Goal $3,500,000
Received $2,808,448
Long-term Pledges Outstanding $590,339
Total Received and Pledged $3,398,787
Additional Income Needed $101,213
Outstanding Obligations $35,000
Monthly Note $5,348
Remaining Mortgage $1,000,794

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  RCUS Renews Support for GPTS   

The 266th annual Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States voted in late May to renew its denominational support for Greenville Seminary.


Meeting in Rapids City, S.D., the Synod set its support level at $2 per communicant member. The level was the same as the previous year when the Synod doubled its former support level. The RCUS also supports Mid-American Reformed Seminary in Indiana and the fledgling Heidelberg Seminary in South Dakota.


Several current and former GPTS students are affiliated with or serving RCUS churches. RCUS churches are concentrated in the Upper Midwest, Mountain States and California. The RCUS is represented on the GPTS Board of Trustees by Pastor Wesley Brice of Bentonville, Ark.


The Synod asked its Judicial Committee to develop objective criteria for supporting Christian colleges and universities as it has done for seminaries. The request stemmed from controversy in recent years over whether the RCUS should continue to support Dordt College in Iowa. The conservative synod ended its support of Dordt last year because of perceived liberal drift. This year it voted to cut off further discussions with Dordt.


Sharing in the Advancement of GPTS

Visit the GPTS Development Office web site for information on ways to support and spread the word about Greenville Seminary:

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Visit our online Gift Shop to purchase GPTS golf shirts, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, and travel mugs. All net proceeds help support the seminary.


New audio and video resources arising from our 2012 and 2011 Spring Theology Conferences are now available. The 2011 GPTS Summer Institute is now available on DVD from our Gift Shop. More info and ordering here


The family film More than Diamonds is now being offered on DVD to friends of the seminary. By special arrangement with the producers, each purchase made online through a special web page will generate a donation to GPTS. More info here.

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The mobile version of our web site has been revised and upgraded. We hope to have a new GPTS "app" created in the near future. You'll have instant access to the "Confessing Our Hope" podcast and Church Directory for Travelers, among other things.


iPhone and iPad users: Scan the code below to access and install our updated GPTS mobile web site on your portable device. Follow pop-up instructions to add the site to your device's home screen.  If you don't have a code scanner on your phone, set your phone's web browser to (You can get a free AT&T Code Scanner from the Apple App Store.)

Android users: Scan the code below to access and install the GPTS mobile site. Or point your device's browser to Bookmark the page and add to favorites.