- Local churches are responsible to raise up church leaders.
- Healthy local churches are the locus of effective gospel ministry.
- The primacy of preaching, necessity of discipleship, and urgency of missions are central to healthy local churches.
- Effective preaching, discipleship and missions all emerge out of biblical and theological groundings expressed within historic confessional traditions.
- The indispensable foundation for all theological inquiry is a recognition of the authority and sufficiency of the Christian Scriptures.
- Hermeneutics, Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, and Philosophy are essential disciplines for theologians.
- Cultural Hermeneutics & Apologetics are necessary for theologians to be effective ministers of the gospel.
- Indianapolis needs an institution that theologically trains the next generation of church leaders who will share these core values.
- The most effective educational methodologies for training such leaders are found in live communities that traverse church and academy.
Why a new seminary?
Local churches are the incubator inside of which the most effective discipleship takes place. When Christ calls sinners to himself he places them inside the communion of saints that transcends time and place. That universal church manifests itself in local communities with a diversity of spiritual gifts whereby sinners can increasingly be conformed into the image of Christ. By God’s grace, some are also called to full-time vocational ministry. Should not the local church play a key role in those persons’ discipleship as well? We at ITS certainly believe so. It is the responsibility of churches and their leaders to raise up the next generation of pastors and missionaries.
Currently in Indianapolis, churches and pastors who take that calling seriously have to look elsewhere to thoroughly provide the training necessary for those heading to vocational ministry. Students must either relocate, or go online, or take extension-campus classes from schools located elsewhere. While we are grateful for the efforts of those schools, and praise God for the wealth of educational options, we also believe Indianapolis would benefit from a local seminary, one that works hand-in-hand with the churches and pastors of central Indiana.
Indianapolis Theological Seminary, therefore, exists to collaborate with local churches to supplement and empower their own efforts in biblical and theological training. Our curriculum involves a combination of robust in-class courses taught by credentialed scholars, and formative church-based internships led by experienced pastors. We believe that in order to be an effective minister of the gospel, pastors need training in the languages, Biblical Theology, Historical Theology, Systematic Theology, History of Philosophy and Apologetics, as well as incarnationally learned Practical Theology. Our combination of courses and internships are aimed at providing students exactly that.
The History of ITS
ITS began when a group of pastors gathered in 2014 to discuss how we are currently raising up the next generation of church leaders and what we can do to improve. Out of that initial meeting, seven individual pastors and former-pastors began meeting regularly to formally launch the seminary. Classes began in the fall of 2015 with an energetic group of students.
In the fall of 2016, we began to offer the full curriculum of in-class courses that will comprise an “MA in Biblical and Theological Ministry.” During that course of study students will be able to add the internships necessary for earning an MDiv. For more information, contact us at email@example.com. Read our 2016 Year-in-Review here.
Who Are the Leaders of ITS?
The ITS leadership consists of a board of pastors and former-pastors who see the imperative of discipling the next generation of church leaders, and are committed to establishing this seminary so that they do not need to send students away during these crucial years of development. They all subscribe to the system of doctrine found in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Second London Confession of Faith.