The mission of Central Baptist Theological Seminary [CBTS] is to assist New Testament churches in equipping spiritual leaders for Christ-exalting biblical ministry.
Assisting New Testament churches
Since God has established the local church as the body of Christ in which and through which he accomplishes his work in this age, and since the equipping of saints for ministry is the task of pastors and churches, CBTS purposes to function as a service agency for New Testament churches both at home and abroad.
New Testament churches
CBTS purposes to accept as students those men and women who are recommended by New Testament churches as certifiable, spiritually and mentally qualified candidates for advanced biblical training and who are serving in their churches under the leadership and mentorship of pastors with whom the seminary will partner throughout the training process.
Equipping spiritual leaders
As an educational institution in graduate and postgraduate studies, CBTS purposes to train the mind of each student, and to do so with excellence through the agency of each program, department, and course, and through the instruction and mentorship of each member of the faculty.
CBTS equally purposes to train the heart of each student, molding each student's affections by precept and example to love God and to love his Word in heart, soul, and mind, translating biblical faith into a model of Christian works, grace, maturity, humility, and spiritual disciplines, in order both to please God and to attract others to follow in faith and good works.
CBTS purposes to produce men and women who are able to serve in various and appropriate biblical roles of leadership as a ministry to their churches individually and to other churches collectively; various roles include leadership as a church member, as a missionary church planter, as a pastor, as an educator, or as a service agency administrator.
Christ-exalting biblical ministry
CBTS purposes to produce genuine Christian servants who are driven by deepest affection for Christ, who are growing in Christ's likeness, who serve in and through Christ's church in the power of his Spirit for his glory, and who long to see people from all tribes and nations find their only hope and greatest joy in Christ.
CBTS purposes to perpetuate in the students the true and singular faith that was once for all delivered to the saints through the Holy Scriptures and to promote among the students the practice of that faith through the separatist Baptist witness of New Testament churches which are the pillar and ground of the truth.
CBTS purposes to generate highly competent and deeply spiritual graduates who involve themselves in lifelong and worldwide local church ministry, effectively communicating biblical truth in love across spiritual and cultural barriers, leading souls to Christ and edifying the saints through the skillful investigation and faithful proclamation of the whole counsel of God.
This mission and these goals are founded upon and are in agreement with the seminary's original "Points of Purpose" which were established at its founding in 1956 and which are intended to remain in perpetuity as characteristic of this institution:
•Education. We are committed in Christian education to the direct method of presentation of divine truth from the Bible, an authoritative and exclusive revelation, rather than to the indirect method so common in secular education today, where relative truth and standards prevail.
•The Local Church. We are geared to local church ideology and individual cooperation in spiritual unity rather than geared to eccumenical cooperation in organizational study.
•Scholarship. We emphasize scholarship of the highest order as a means to an end of "rightly dividing the Word of Truth," and we disdain the type of scholarship that indulges in mind worshipping.
•Curriculum. In curriculum, we emphasize biblical rather than philosophic content.
•Denominational. We are Baptistic and evangelistic in approach rather than merely conservative and evangelical.
•Polity. We are separatistic rather than inclusivistic, rejecting efforts to infiltrate unsound organizations and fellowships rather than separating from them.
•Theology. In theology we are dispensational rather than reformed and covenant.
•Eschatology. In eschatology we hold the view of premillennialism which makes the pretribulation rapture the blessed hope for the church.
•Hermeneutics. We are committed to the grammatico-historical method of interpretation, the fundamental principle of which is to gather from the Scriptures themselves the precise meaning which the writers intended to convey. This applies to the sacred books the same principles, the same grammatical processes and exercises of common sense and reason, which apply to other books. The born-again exegete, furnished with suitable qualifications, intellectual, educational and moral, and using the grammatico-historical method of interpretation, will accept the claims of the Bible.
•Apologetics. In our systematic argumentative defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity, we follow the Biblical pattern of being both positive and negative.