Institutional Objectives

Central Baptist Theological Seminary intends its graduates to function as Christian leaders, and therefore expects that its students will develop in the following areas.

  • Biblical and doctrinal knowledge (ideas that the graduate believes, knows, and understands, including moral convictions)
  • Ordinate religious affection (Christ-like character that the graduate demonstrates, including devotion to God, moral fiber, integrity, perseverance, and self-denial)
  • Functional ministry skills (tasks that the graduate performs in the execution of Christian leadership)

The following institutional objectives grow out of the seminary’s mission and reflect its expectations.

1. Each graduate should exhibit the ability to understand the Word of God with sufficient competence as to be able to evaluate fairly diverse interpretations by:

  • adequately fulfilling classroom objectives which demand interpretation of and interaction with diverse views.

2. Each graduate should possess a comprehensive grasp of the contents of the Bible and of biblical doctrines, including those aspects of the faith that are distinctive to Baptists, dispensationalists, separatist fundamentalists, and cessationists by:

  • successfully completing cognitive course objectives.
  • demonstrating increased knowledge through the biblical knowledge entrance/exit exams.
  • writing summary papers on each distinctive before graduation.
  • successfully articulating the doctrinal position of the seminary before graduation.

3. Each graduate should demonstrate the ability to use biblical and theological knowledge to confront the practical problems of life, including the challenges of Christian leadership by:

  • fulfilling practical ministry experiences associated with each program.
  • adequately fulfilling practical skills course objectives.

4. Each graduate should display the ability to defend the seminary’s doctrinal distinctives in the area of dispensationalism, premillennialism, pretribulationism, Baptist theology, cessationism, and progressive sanctification by:

  • completing systematic theology courses.
  • writing summary papers on each distinctive before graduation.
  • successfully articulating the doctrinal position of the seminary before graduation.

5. Each graduate should exhibit a commitment to grow in love and knowledge toward God-in-Christ, manifested in the internalization of a value system that reflects the fruit of the Spirit and produces Christ-like character, attitudes, decisions, and actions by:

  • evidencing conformity with the institutional code of ethics.
  • evidencing to the student's pastor a close relationship with God.
  • evidencing to the student's pastor exemplary Christian character.
  • demonstrating Christ-like responses in practical ministry experiences associated with each program.
  • demonstrating Christ-like responses in interactions with faculty and staff.

6. Each graduate should desire to participate in the worldwide fulfillment of the Great Commission through direct involvement in or support of personal witness and the planting of indigenous, self-perpetuating New Testament churches around the world by:

  • evidencing support of missions-related programs in the local church.
  • demonstrating participation in local church ministries.
  • evidencing to the student's pastor a desire to serve.