In 2 Timothy 2:15, Paul told Timothy, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” Two chapters later, the apostle reiterated Timothy’s God-given mandate: “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2). Those verses summarize the goal of seminary education: to raise up pastors who will interpret the Scriptures with care, proclaim them with courage, and live them with conviction.
Since its inception in 1986, The Master’s Seminary has been committed to that noble stewardship. What started with ninety-five students has grown, by God’s grace, to a school that is currently training nearly 600 men. Our carefully-crafted curriculum is founded on an unwavering commitment to the worship of God, the authority of His Word, the priority of the local church, the mission of gospel proclamation, and the purity of life required of spiritual leaders.
As a seminary in Los Angeles, TMS enjoys a number of unique advantages. First and foremost, our partnership with Grace Community Church provides our students with the opportunity not only to learn about ministry in the classroom, but to see it lived out in the life of the local church. Second, Los Angeles provides a multi-cultural context that enables students to train effectively for a wide array of future ministry opportunities, whether national or international in scope. The recent addition of our Spanish-language program is a clear example of how the seminary has benefited from being in Los Angeles.
At the same time, life in Southern California comes with certain challenges. Beyond the political and moral climate, the cost of living in Los Angeles often presents a potential obstacle to prospective students. Additionally, traffic on L.A. freeways can make it difficult for students to commute from the outlying areas.
Because our goal is to train as many men as God would bring us, we are actively working to remove these obstacles. This desire prompted the seminary to start a distance education program several years ago. We currently have men studying at seven distance locations, in places like Anchorage, Dallas, and Washington D.C.
This same desire stands behind our newest initiative: offering seminary classes on Saturdays. Because freeway congestion is greatly reduced on weekends, Saturday classes will help students avoid traffic gridlock. Saturday classes will also mitigate concerns about the cost of living, enabling students to find full-time employment during the week. By scheduling classes on Saturdays, the seminary is providing students with additional options—making high quality education available in an accessible format.
This fall semester, starting in August, TMS will offer the following nine classes on Saturday:
Perhaps you’ve considered enrolling in seminary, but your work schedule has prevented you from doing so. Now is the time to consider taking a class. If that interests you, please visit our website at tms.edu for more information.
Whether you take a class or not, please pray for the ministry of The Master’s Seminary. Our students represent the next generation of pastors, professors, and missionaries. As Paul told Timothy, “Entrust these things to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). By God’s grace, TMS will continue to do precisely that, for many decades to come.