Distinctives

Shepherds Theological Seminary (STS) is committed to theologically conservative academic excellence. Our faculty members are not only academically minded, they are experienced shepherds committed to training men and women for ministry. Student education is enhanced by the intimate connection to a vibrant local church. STS is devoted to advanced academic training that is tested and refined through mentored relationships, allowing students to apply their studies in the laboratory of local church life and ministry.

Purpose Statement

Shepherds Theological Seminary exists to impact the world for Christ by equipping servant leaders for life and ministry by strategically shaping both intellect and character through biblical scholarship and personal mentoring.

Core Values

The STS purpose statement reflects the following three core values to which the Seminary is committed.

Servant Leadership

“Shepherds Theological Seminary exists to equip servant leaders for life and ministry . . .”

Therefore, we are committed to a Spirit-led life and ministry modeled after the servant leadership of Jesus Christ.

Biblical Scholarship

“. . . by strategically shaping both intellect and character through biblical scholarship . . .”

Therefore, we are committed to teaching an integrated body of truth as expressed in our doctrinal statement.

Personal Discipleship

“. . . and personal mentoring.”

Therefore, we are committed to helping students grow in Christ and identify God-given abilities by personal interaction within the seminary community.

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Servant Leadership

A servant leader is one who has built his life on a firm biblical foundation and has developed character traits and skills using Jesus as the model. As such, he seeks to understand the needs of others and to help them meet those needs as they also commit to imitate Jesus.

Key Scriptures

But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. (Matthew 23:11–12)

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:1–8)

So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.” (John 13:12–17)

Our conviction is that Shepherds Theological Seminary belongs to Jesus Christ. We believe that faculty members and all students, whether preparing for ministry in counseling, the pastorate, missions or education, should seek to imitate our Lord’s model of servant leadership. Servant leadership certainly includes:

  • Respect for others
  • Sensitive and careful communication
  • Commitment both to truth and love
  • Desire to give wise and helpful counsel
  • Graciousness of actions