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Entering into an Accountability Relationship with GPTS

Principle of accountability of seminaries to the Church courts

Because of this great principle, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary desires to be in a relationship of accountability to courts of the Church.

Concern for Unity of Viewpoint

Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary being committed to the full authority and inspiration of the Bible and to the full subscription to the Westminster Confessional Standards, desires to enter into a relationship of accountability to the courts of the Church who share these positions. Within the modern Church there is often an uncertainty regarding the meaning of such commitment. At present, the Seminary desires to be accountable to presbyteries and sessions, which often have greater unity on such positions.

Operation of the Seminary

Due to the inefficiency of several courts trying to operate the Seminary from separate locations, the operation of the Seminary shall be committed to a Board of Trustees. The Board shall consist of ruling and teaching elders who make full subscription to the Westminster Confessional Standards. This Board shall be accountable for the operation of the Seminary to the Presbyteries and Sessions that enter into an accountability relationship. The Board, in turn, may employ administrative personnel and faculty members to carry out the day to day operation of the Seminary.

Terms of Presbyterial Accountability

Each Presbytery (or Synod or General Assembly) that desires to participate in an accountability relationship with Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary shall express by a resolution spread on its Minutes and sent to the Seminary:

  1. Its full commitment to the Bible as the infallible and inerrant Word of God, as originally given; and to its total sufficiency as the only infallible rule of faith and life.

  2. Its wholehearted commitment to the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, as held by the Presbyterian Church in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, as the system of doctrine taught in the Scripture.

  3. Its intention to support Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary as an institution committed to providing theological instruction necessary for preparing men for the ministry of the Word. This support first of all shall consist of a commitment on the part of the Presbytery to pray regularly for the Seminary, that she would remain true to her stated goal of providing theological instruction for preparing men preparing for the gospel ministry under the full authority of the Bible, and with a full commitment to the full system of doctrine set forth in the Westminster Confession and Catechisms. Second, the Presbytery will support the Seminary by commending her to candidates for the ministry as a place for their theological education. Third, three-fourths of the churches in the Presbytery will support the Seminary by giving $10.00 per communicant member, or that the Presbytery will give $10.00 per communicant member for three-fourths of its entire membership with a minimum sponsorship level of $2,000.

The Presbytery may place one ruling or teaching elder in nomination for the board in the following way:

  1. The board nominee must be able to take the Seminary's subscription vow and concur in writing with the Seminary's distinctives and purposes.

  2. The Presbytery may determine the length of a man's term (not less than three years) and how many terms he may serve.

  3. The Presbytery shall submit its nominee to the Seminary's Board the meeting before the term begins. The Board has the right to veto a Presbytery's candidate. The Board must give its reasons in writing to the Presbytery within two weeks after the veto.

The Seminary shall report to Presbytery:

  1. By the Presbytery's board member reporting to the Presbytery at each stated meeting.

  2. The President shall give a written report to the Presbytery annually.

  3. The Presbytery may send a visitation committee of three (3) teaching elders and three (3) ruling elders to the seminary every three years (to be coordinated with other Presbyteries and Sessions). The purpose of this visitation shall be the examination of the Seminary as to how well she has been carrying out her stated goals. The Visitation Committee shall have full access to all the records of the Seminary (Board, Administration and Faculty), and may interview any members of the faculty, staff and student body. The Visitors shall make a written report of their findings to the Board and to their respective Presbytery(s). The Board shall be responsible to implement improvements in any areas it finds deficient, and to report on the same to the Presbytery(s) in its next annual report, or by special report, if deemed wise.

This agreement shall be subject to the review of the Board of the Seminary. Any proposed changes in the agreement are to be sent to the Presbyteries for their advice and consent.

Terms of Sessional Sponsorship

Churches that are members of Presbyteries that have not entered into an accountability relationship with the seminary may become Sponsoring Sessions. Each session that desires to serve as a sponsoring session of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary shall express by a resolution spread on its Minutes and sent to the Seminary:

  1. Its commitment to the Bible as the infallible and inerrant Word of God, as originally given, and to its full and total sufficiency as the only infallible rule of faith and life.

  2. Its commitment to the full subscription to the Westminster Confession and Catechisms as held by the Presbyterian Church in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church as the system of doctrine taught in the Scripture.

  3. Its intention to support Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary as an institution committed to providing theological instruction necessary for preparing men for the ministry of the Word. This support, first of all, shall consist of a commitment on the part of the Session to pray regularly for the Seminary, that she would remain true to her stated goal of providing theological instruction for preparing men preparing for the gospel ministry under the full authority of the Bible, and with a full commitment to the full system of doctrine set forth in the Westminster Confession and Catechisms. Second, the Session will support the Seminary by commending her to candidates for the ministry as a place for their theological education. Third, the Session will support the Seminary by giving annually $20.00 per communicant member.

The Seminary shall make annual reports to the Sponsoring Sessions. These reports shall include not only data about the number of faculty and the number of students, but also a statement as to how the Seminary is seeking to live up to her commitment to the Bible and the Westminster Standards in her instruction.

The Board shall initiate nominations for non-presbytery members to the Board of the Seminary. The names of all nominees for Board members shall be sent to the Sponsoring Sessions with the request for the reaction of each Session to the nominee. The Board reserves the right to elect its own members but will give careful heed to the responses of Sponsoring Sessions.

Each session may send a visitation committee of the pastor and one ruling elder to the seminary every three years on a rotating basis (to be coordinated with other Presbyteries and Sessions). The purpose of this visitation shall be the examination of the Seminary as to how well she has been carrying out her stated goals. The Visitation Committee shall have full access to all the records of the Seminary (Board, Administration and Faculty), and may interview any members of the faculty, staff and student body. The Visitors shall make a written report to the Board and to its Sessions of their findings. The Board shall be responsible to implement improvements in any areas it finds deficient, and to report on the same to the Sponsoring Session in next annual report, or by special report, if deemed wise.

The Board, upon receipt of a copy of the resolution of a Session, which desires to become a Sponsoring Session, shall take action on the request at its next regular meeting. Either the Board or the Session, on the initiative of either body may dissolve the status of Sponsoring Session. Proper notification shall be sent in the event of such an action on the part of either the Session or the Board of the Seminary.

This agreement shall be subject to the review of the Board of the Seminary. Any proposed changes in the agreement are to be sent to the Sponsoring Sessions for their advice and consent.

GPTS acknowledges the support of the following congregations, presbyteries and denominations:

Presbytery of Connecticut and Southern New York Durham Connecticut
Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Franklin Square Franklin Square New York
Second Presbyterian Church Greenville South Carolina
Brainerd Hills Presbyterian Church Chattenooga Tennessee
Westminster Presbyterian Church Kingsport Tennessee
Bridwell Heights Presbyterian Church Kingsport Tennessee
Reformed Church in the U.S. Sutton Nebraska
Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church La Mirada California
Presbytery of Northern California and Nevada, OPC Pacifica California
Sovereign Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church Hickory North Carolina
Providence Presbyterian Church (OPC) Greensboro North Carolina
Grand Island Bible Presbyterian Church Grand Island New York

Contact the Office of the President for more information and to obtain a written accountability agreement. Or download a printable copy here.

By God's grace and the financial and prayer support of God's people, Greenville Seminary has been training passionate preachers of the gospel in the historic Reformed faith since 1987.

If you would like specific information about partnering with GPTS in the work of preparing future ministers of the gospel, please contact the seminary by calling 864/322-2717 or sending an email.

Greenville Seminary is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.

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