Scholarship with a Shepherd's Heart
We develop the whole leader through our three pillars:
Uncompromising Academics, Character Formation, Ministry Skill
Phoenix Seminary was founded in 1988. It is a nationally-recognized, graduate-level theological seminary that continues to be the only accredited graduate-level theological seminary with its main campus located in Arizona.
Know His Word
To be adequately prepared to influence culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, one must wholeheartedly commit to rigorous study in the interpretation of the biblical text.
The Scriptures teach us that is the Word of God, through the Spirit of God, that changes lives. Therefore, to be effective in changing lives, churches, communities, and the world for Christ, our students must be able to understand the Word and communicate it accurately. They must think "textually." The demand and discipline of study at Phoenix Seminary serves our graduates well regardless of their final career pursuit. Rather than relying on the words of other theologians, they can apply Scripture with confidence, nuance, and clarity for themselves.
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15
Follow His Heart
As the New Testament defines leadership, the emphasis is primarily on character development. Academic understanding of the Scripture is key, but unless we tune our heart to follow His, our message is hollow. At Phoenix Seminary, we prioritize one-to-one relationships with the faculty, staff and local pastors. In these relationships, students develop and practice important spiritual disciplines not always conveyed or received in classroom situations.
Many of the pivotal character issues of ministry involve concepts best gained and understood in a mentoring relationship—issues such as developing grace, growing in patience, curbing anger or frustration. Firmly understanding the many faces of biblical love, unity, community, authenticity, integrity and compassion make for a rounded and grounded individual.
We don't want our students to do seminary alone. That's why every degree student has a mentor who models Christlike character and cares for their souls as much as they do for their academic studies.
"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other."
Serve His Church
Succeeding in ministry is more than achieving academic excellence. It involves acquiring practical skills of ministry: Learning how to speak to a culture and a worldview that is increasingly antagonistic to Jesus Christ; Understanding and gaining skills in pastoral care, counseling, mentoring, building, and leading staff and teams. Imparting truth with empathy and compassion is a necessary skill set that builds authenticity.
Phoenix Seminary is fully committed to ensure that our graduates are prepared to serve His Church with the skills necessary to pastor and lead their churches and ministries. We believe that these skills can best be developed by practicing what students learn in the classrooms within the context of the local church. By partnering with local churches, our students gain "hands-on" experience in applying the truth of God's Word in practical, relevant, real time shepherding.
"The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them... But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves."
In our 29 year history, over 2,000 students and alumni representing more than 25 evangelical denominations have been trained through Phoenix Seminary. Eleven resident and more than 30 adjunct faculty members bring both commitment to theology and respect for doctrine to all of their students.
Committed to the Church
Phoenix Seminary is envisioned as an institution that supports the church, both through training future leaders and through supporting the church today. We provide training and support to existing ministries to help them meet the needs of their congregants today.
Phoenix Seminary is a private, not-for-profit institution and is professionally accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
We believe that knowledge of the scripture is best augmented by one-to-one mentorship by faculty and local church leaders, developing the whole leader. Our graduates are preapred for a total life of ministry.
Phoenix Seminary offers an array of degree programs for any level of ministry. Find yours today.