Holy Scripture, Church History and the Doctrine of Faith

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The Root: Holy Scripture

We believe in the revelation of God in the Holy Scriptures. All theology must proceed from this revelation. The task of every generation is to open up this source anew and to fight false doctrines. Therefore our aim is that students can confess:

I can use hermeneutic methods to better understand the text.

I understand the Holy Scriptures as the revelation of the triune God.

I know the contents of the Holy Scriptures.

The Trunk: Church History

We believe in the knowledge of God within the Christian church. A Christian existence without the community of believers is unthinkable for us. We see this knowledge both in the present and in the history of the Church. Therefore our aim is that students can confess:

I know the history of the Church of Jesus Christ

I see myself as part of this living story.

I know the history of the Church of Jesus Christ.

The Crown: The Doctrine of Faith

We believe in the understanding of God through the Christian doctrine. Our knowledge comes one piece at a time but, we are convinced that we can systematically express basic truths about God and his work. Therefore our aim is that students can confess:

I can present and represent my own theological point of view.

I understand the interplay of scriptural interpretation, church history and doctrine.

I know the essential contents of the Christian doctrine.

High Tech – High Touch
Learning at THS is simple:
See it. Hear it. Apply it.
Then our instructors give you a feedback.
You do it again.
This is especially true for theology. She’s only sharpened in conversation. Many things can be written on paper, but when you tell someone, it becomes clear what you actually meant. This is how we understand learning at THS.

We have transferred this learning experience into a digital system that offers you the same possibilities as an analog classroom: Listen, ask questions, discuss, present. All that, but from your room. Imagine a e-learning platform with live video. You’ll meet other people just like you from all around the globe.

Classes begin at a set time. They take place from Monday to Wednesday. So you will have enough time to work in your placement church and collect more credits there.

Didactics: THS Academy uses a trinitarian teaching system. We alternate between lecture, reflection and application. In this way you achieve an optimal learning process.

Didactics

THS Academy uses a trinitarian teaching system. Lecture, reflection and application alternate. In this way you achieve an optimal learning process.

Statement of Faith

The THS Academy for Pastoral Leadership is a Christian religious organization. It affirms the historical ecumenical confessions and creeds of the Christian Church. The National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith summarizes our historic Christian faith, and the convictions of the THS Academy as a religious organization:

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

(As adopted by the National Association of Evangelicals)

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