I have a question for you.

Should it be a requirement that a man have formal Bible education before he can serve as a pastor?

Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:11&12 that, when a man takes the office of pastor/teacher his calling is actually a gift from God for the work of the church and the edifying and building up of the saints in that local assembly. The purpose of seminary training is to prepare for service those whose desire is to fulfill their calling to the work of the Lord. Paul instructed Timothy, and us today, to prepare men for such leadership roles in the church: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2

Training at Texas Theological University and Seminary helps ensure that the ministry of the Word of God is not only maintained but also flourishes in the church. When someone is persuaded that he is being called to the ministry of the Word, he should seek to expand his gift and calling by preparing himself to answer that call. This is one of the reasons TTUS exist, and that is why I became the Dean of Students. I have a great desire to help those who want to go farther in the study of the Word so that may be imparted to others.

At the same time, I know, that while formal Bible education is important and valuable, God can enable a man with no formal Bible education to also be an excellent pastor, but for those who desire to go farther into the word we at Texas Theological can help.

The Lord’s calling to the work of the ministry is not only for the church; it is also through the church. Young men should be encouraged to seek such a call, as Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 3:1, “This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.”

Ideally, the final confirmation must be from the church that trains the man for the ministry in the local church. This task cannot be done apart from the authority of Christ through His local church.

Texas Theological University and Seminary, we know how busy the pastors are in their church and realize that they may not be able to give the Bible training a young man may need for that call, that is where we come in.

We desire to come alongside of the pastor and give Biblical training to your young men and women for the work of the ministry and we can do it all online while working with the pastor to get the job accomplished. We desire to do this so the young man or women going to school will have the accountability they need and they remain under the authority of their local church and pastor

We are Texas Theological University and Seminary… Local Training… Global Impact.

If you would like to know more about us then contact us and let us get to know you. We are looking to partner with your church and in so doing help you to fulfill the Great Commission.

If you have any questions then send me an email… [email protected]

Shannon Eaton

Dean of Students