At Shepherds, community is an integral part of the spiritual growth our students experience. We have a variety of avenues by which community is developed, including our weekly chapel services during the academic year, as well as several opportunities for fellowship among students, their families, and the faculty and staff of Shepherds.
During the fall and spring semesters, the seminary community comes together on Mondays for a thirty-minute chapel service (11:40pm–12:15pm). The purpose of chapel is twofold: (1) worship, expressed in the proclamation of the Word, prayer, and music; and (2) exposure to current issues and ministries. Our speakers include pastors, missionaries, faculty members, and other Christian leaders. Because chapel is an important component in pastoral training, the student’s spiritual formation, and the seminary educational experience, attendance is required. Students are asked to make every attempt to order their schedules in a way to adhere to chapel requirements.
There are many ways to get involved in ministry at Shepherds. Whether it is through our connection to Colonial Baptist Church, our Shepherds 360 network of churches, or through our partnerships with other local churches and ministries, we do our best to make sure students are not only trained for ministry, but that they experience ministry as well!
We are committed to helping students grow in Christ and identify God-given abilities by personal interaction within the seminary community. The strong academic curriculum that STS requires, combined with both a faculty of practicing ministers and the intentional mentoring and discipleship that takes place, provides a biblical foundation for spiritual growth, character formation, and development of practical skills.
Shepherds Wives Fellowship meets monthly during the academic school year for a time of biblical teaching, encouragement, fellowship and sharing of prayer needs. The goal is to help equip wives of servant leaders as they co-labor with their husbands in all aspects of life and ministry.
Third Group is an informal, unpretentious, unrequired, semi-occasional, and largely unstructured gathering of the STS family to learn a little and fellowship a lot. The name itself derives from 2 Kings 1 (the third group bowed the knee to what God had to say). We meet periodically (usually about twice a semester) at the home of a faculty member for fellowship, some snacks, and discussion of some relevant topic. The Third Group schedule is announced at the beginning of each semester.