The ACA seminary, called the Evangelical Theological Seminary (ETS) is equipped to offers four degree programs at the graduate level.
- The 4-year Master of Theology Degree (M.Th.)
- The 2-year Master in Biblical Studies (M.B.S.)
- The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Purpose of Ministry Programs at ACA
The ministry programs at ETS seek to prepare men for a ministry of Bible exposition as pastors, teachers and leaders. Our post-graduate programs prepare Christians for a life of ministry, with the ability to expound and interpret the Scriptures in a meaningful and moving way, in order to share God’s Word with Christians and the unchurched, alike.
The M.B.S. and M.Th. are separate programs. If a student plans to earn the M.Th. degree, he should enroll directly in the four-year M.Th. program. A student will not save time by completing the M.B.S. program first and then pursuing the M.Th. degree.
Women may be admitted to the Seminary as M.B.S. students. ETS also encourages students to enroll for selected courses which may not lead to a degree, for intellectual fulfillment, biblical education and to grow closer to God through their studies. Admission to selected courses is decided by the Academic Committee.
There are eight departments in the curriculum of ETS. Required courses are the ones that each student in a Masters’ degree program should take for credit. Electives will be taken in the field (track) of specialization. Independent courses are meant for graduating students who may be needing a couple of credit hours to complete the required number of hours. The school year begins in July with the summer session. A trimester system will be followed. The Summer Session will be from July 1st week till August last week (total 8 weeks), the September Session from the first week of September till 2nd week of December (total 15 weeks), and January session from January 1st week till 2nd week of April (total 15 weeks).
Based on A Trustworthy Theology
Our unswerving faith and commitment to the Scripture not only distinguishes us from the non-biblical varieties but helps us propound a doctrinal system wherein is enshrined the irrevocable fundamentals of Christian faith.
Our doctrinal system, being deeply grounded in the authority of the inerrant, infallible Scripture and its verbal, plenary inspiration, is upheld as the hallmark of biblical, evangelical orthodoxy. This system is derived from a consistent, grammatical, historical interpretation of the Bible and is sustained by a board and faculty who subscribe to it whole-heartedly.
Having been called to obey the written revelation of God and being under Christ’s own direction (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8), we are committed to making disciples through evangelism with scholarship.
Our evangelistic message is that man is lost in sin without merit before God and is saved by the grace of God through faith in the finished work of Christ on Calvary (Ephesians 2:8,9). We accept only this Gospel which is fully biblical and reject every other gospel, (Galatians 1:8), and seek to ground believers in walking by the Spirit rather than placing them under law (Romans 3:19; Galatians 5). We believe that the church is a community of believers and its major concerns are the fellowship of believers in common doctrines, the faithful observance of the ordinances, a faithful prayer life, equipping the believers “for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ,” and a meaningful response to the challenges of the Great Commission. We affirm the central, importance of Christ’s full humanity and deity and His bodily resurrection, ascension, present ministry and premillennial return. We anticipate the bodily resurrection of the saved and the unsaved to unending destinies of eternal blessedness and eternal punishment respectively.
An Edifying Bible-Centered Curriculum
It is the spiritual responsibility of believers to be fully exposed to the entire Bible and not to bits and pieces of it so that their maturing walk in the spirit “be fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:10)
Such a holistic training system that is spiritually motivated has to come to terms with two basic requirements: one, a Bible centered curriculum and two, a time factor. A curriculum that is oriented to guide the student to the very depth of the Word wherein he/she may behold the wondrous things thereof, need adequate time to meet the challenges and requirements.
Every student gets an opportunity to get deeply involved in the study of each book, chapter, verse, keywords, phrases, prepositions, etc.., of each verse so that the development of exegetical and expositional skills become a natural concomitant of an in-depth training system. The study of the original languages further enables students in the Master of Theology program to gain exegetical skills basic to their own independent, inductive examination of the written Word.
The time consuming study of the structural arrangements of scriptural truths in systematic theology with a fair consideration of the historical theology builds up a sharp theological sensitivity among our students.
Besides the emphasis on expository and exegetical study of the 66 books of the Bible and all major branches of systematic theology the curriculum outlines extensive work in the disciplines of ministries, Christian education, outreach and church growth, homiletics, pastoral work, counseling and field education through churches and agencies.
A maturing walk in the Spirit, commitment to reach the unreached, faithfulness in teaching and preaching the Word , involvement in church-planting and world outreach are among the end results of a curriculum that is centered around the Word of God, and progressed through a well planned years of studies.