First Peter plainly instructs, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY” (1:14-16). The Master’s Seminary is committed to fostering personal holiness in every area of life, throughout each program of study.
Inerrancy Demands Personal Holiness
The words of 1 Peter are essential to an understanding of how the believer is to walk and live before God. Further, the man of God pursuing ministry as elder or overseer of a church has in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9 authoritative, nonnegotiable matters of personal conduct and character. Personal holiness and the spiritual disciplines of the pastor must be his daily concern.
The world has seen its share of men who have lightly esteemed doctrine, and given mere lip service to holy living. The name of Christ is profaned among the nations not only because of the aberrant words of false teachers, but because of the lack of personal conformity to the Word of God.
For this reason, we provide an environment of learning that includes:
Discipleship Labs, where small groups of 5-10 men meet regularly each semester with a member of faculty or local pastor to pray, discuss life and studies, and to bear up one another’s burdens.
A devotional approach to teaching
Each professor is a committed churchman and has as a goal to help each student to see the application of lessons not only for future ministry but for personal growth in devotion to Christ.
Exposition of prayer classes
Every student at TMS will take at least one class with direct application to a life of prayer, so as to foster a life-long discipline with benefit to every area of his experience.
On-campus Bible studies
On-campus Bible studies with emphasis on the family. Every year, the Dean of Students operates extra-curricular morning Bible studies, alternating between “Leading Your Children” and “Loving Your Wife.”
The Band of Brothers
One of the most significant features of learning is the camaraderie of brothers in Christ, pursuing training together. The sharpening and strengthening that transpires is legendary among students and alumni alike.
Seminary Wives Discipleship
Neglect of one’s wife while training for a ministry in which the model for a healthy church is a healthy family, is unacceptable. SemWives is a weekly ministry providing fellowship for wives, instruction in the Word, and a community of likeminded ladies seeking to grow alongside their husbands.
It is not possible here to list every way in which The Master’s Seminary fosters spiritual discipline and sanctification for students and families, but is sufficient to say that the environment in which the men learn is rooted and grounded in Scripture, and follows a pattern of education and ministry that has equipped pastors’ wives to faithfully stay the course in their ministries since 1986.