Our vision is to see the church of the Lord Jesus Christ strengthened and expanded worldwide, to the end that Christ would be known, loved, and exalted.
Our mission therefore is to prepare men to undertake the full range of pastoral responsibilities they will face in serving Christ and His kingdom, and to equip Christians for effective service in the church. We do this work by providing rigorous academic training and by facilitating extensive pastoral mentoring.
Values Statement of CBTS
Our mission will be carried out in a manner that adheres to the following core values:
(1) The church worldwide ought to embrace its God-given duty to prepare its own future leaders (2 Tim. 2:2). Followers of Christ should all see this as a privilege for perpetuating, purifying, and extending the gospel to all nations and generations.
(2) Each local church ought to involve itself in the equipping of men for pastoral ministry. The local church is best positioned to recognize, develop, assess, and confirm the spiritual giftedness of men aspiring to that office.
(3) Men being considered for pastoral ministry preparation must exhibit, at least in emerging form, the character, gifts, and graces prescribed in passages such as 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, Acts 20, 1 Peter 5, etc.
(4) The pastoral ministry requires thorough, comprehensive, and balanced training. Preparation should not be shallow, nor should it be skewed either towards exclusive pastoral experience or exclusive academic studies.
(5) Theological instruction must be Bible-saturated, Gospel-centered, confessionally grounded, and led by godly, experienced, Reformed pastors and scholars. We are committed to the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith as the best and most wholesome summary of the truth of God’s Word.
(6) The Lord Jesus Christ gives a variety of gifts to His church and providentially opens a diversity of opportunities for the exercise of those gifts. We ought to recognize and accommodate differences in giftedness and possible futures for those being trained.
(7) The desire and appropriateness to pursue theological training may not match an individual’s financial and practical ability to undertake that training. To the extent possible we ought to assist each individual and adapt the training program in order to encourage participation by needy brethren.
(8) All that the seminary undertakes must be performed with the highest regard to biblical standards of righteousness, integrity, faithfulness, compassion, and total dependence on the grace of God. We are stewards of the gifts of God’s people, and we are servants of the great Head of the church, the Lord Jesus Christ.