As I write this introduction in the Catalogue of Erskine Theological Seminary, I am aware that I am likely writing to someone struggling with the call to ministry or, in fact, the call to prepare for that ministry. I know that spiritual and existential crisis personally. I can tell you that nothing is more liberating to one who is called by God to preach and minister the Gospel than to pour one’s self into the ministry of study.
I believe that Erskine Theological Seminary is unique in the world of theological higher education. Erskine Seminary is a special place nourished by the happy convergence of sacred streams that are indispensable in ministry preparation. Erskine is not only blessed with remarkable pastor-scholars who will invest their lives in yours, but we are blessed with a staff that prays for you. Moreover, Erskine is Biblical, Reformed, committed to the Great Commission and to the pastoral ministry. Indeed, the word “pastoral” is key around Erskine. This is a family: an open family waiting for our next brother or sister to join us.
With ERSKINE ONLINE you can earn your degree in a 100% remote environment, combining best practices in online learning with your own mentor in your church. You can also study in residence or as a commuter to Columbia, SC, Greenville, SC, or our historic, beautiful campus in Due West, South Carolina.
We have students in Europe, in Asia, and in parts of the world that require confidentiality for fear of persecution. You will join a student body of Christian servants from over thirty denominations that are bonded by our love of the Lord and our desire to reach the Lord. You will learn in a Presbyterian and Reformed seminary that teaches. We don’t indoctrinate. However, most leave this seminary changed: changed by the Gospel of grace that they experience in their classes.
Yes, yielding to Christ in a call to ministry and a call to training for that ministry is a struggle. Yet, it is one, when you say, “Yes, Lord,” that brings incomparable joy and freedom.
So, whether you are led to Erskine or one of our “sister” Reformed seminaries—and there are some great ones—just know we are here for you: for a course, a place to retreat, or just someone to talk with.
For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!1 Corinthians 9:16 (New King James Version).
But whatever you do: Follow your call; wherever you are.