Global Seminary (GSU) is Catholic, Orthodox Evangelical and Charismatic. GS is an Inter-denominational Christian Seminary and Indeed, a Seminary University whose teachings and doctrines are based on Biblical absolute. Africa Theological Education Network (ATEN) gave birth to GSU a decade ago with a Vision to cater for both Cleric and lay.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of GSU is to effectively educate and train, by means of fulltime study, online and distance education for men and women called to Christian service. The academic model shall be Biblically-based in Christian higher education (undergraduate through graduate), for preparing Christian pastors, missionaries, church leaders, educators and other professionals for leadership in various fields of Christian service. This mission is to be accomplished through a Christ-centred distance education curriculum, of academic excellence, intellectual inquiry, spiritual and moral integrity, and practical experience.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
In this day of disappearing moral absolutes, it is imperative that all Christians be reminded that the Bible, as the revelation of God’s truth, must determine not only our doctrinal beliefs but also our lifestyle. In a changing world, the Christian has an unchanging standard. The Word of God. GSU “Standards of Conduct” are based upon the teachings and principles of Scripture, seeking to develop personal holiness and discipline exemplified in a lifestyle glorifying to God.
GSU is a Bible-based, Christ-centered institution dedicated to the educating and training of Christians for the work of the ministry. The following statement of purposes encompasses the scope of the GSU, the Seminary University.
Prof. Alister McGrath Oxford University, UK. GS Consultant & Fellow
Stan Dekoven, Ph.D. President & Founder, Vision International University, USA. GS Consultant & Fellow
H.E, Most Rev. Dr. Solomon Adewunmi, MJP Archbishop, Orthodox Anglican Communion, Nigeria, GSU Consultant & Fellow
Prof. Michael J. Brown President, Payne Theological Seminary, Ohio, USA, GSU Consultant & Fellow
Message from the vice-chancellor
The birth of Global Seminary University simply call “GSU” in the digital age climate is amazing and inspiring in view of the various issues facing Christians and non-Christians. GSU is geared towards innovation and excellence. Our faculty are skilled executives, religious specialists, educators with strong academic credentials that complements their real-world experience. With our unique team-based learning model and a curriculum focused on addressing the issues facing today’s clerics and laities, it’s not surprising that our programmes are receiving widespread acclaim both national and globally. GSU aims at training leaders that are properly formed for the Church and para-Church organizations. She is doing this in a way that is accessible to all and sundry. We are proud of our extensive network in theological education and its attendant challenges. GSU Faculty is a composition of all class of scholars including Orthodox, Anglo-Catholics, Evangelicals and Charismatic within the level of biblical absolute. What set GSU apart in the field of theological education? Programme participants consistently tell us its our practical leading-edge content, world-class session leaders, top-tier theological educators, and commitment to unparalleled customer service. We invite you to be part of our bright future and be transformed in the image of Christ and theological accuracy. I look forward to welcoming you on board and shake your hands on Convocation Day. Bishop Professor Abraham Bamidele, MJP, JP, Ph.D, DD, DIA, Ambassador of Peace (AP)
Our role at GSU is to bring theological education and ministerial training to people who are unable or unwilling to attend a centralized higher education institution. But more profoundly, while we admire and endorse the efforts of traditional Bible Colleges and Seminaries, we are deeply committed to the concept of training people within the super vision of their own local church, and to the provision of excellent teaching material and study options for Christians everywhere. We treat the entire local church environment as part of our educational activity; its worship, its witness, its fellowship, its teaching; its ministry – are all reckoned to be part of the training process of equipping men and women to serve Christ.
· Our function is simply to add a theological and academic resource that few churches can viably provide, while leaving the practical training in ministry to the local pastor.
· Underlying the way in which we present our materials, and the kinds of assessment we employ, there is an educational philosophy based upon the following principles.
· Christian education must stand upon a strong theological foundation (the injunctions and warnings about “sound doctrine” in 1 Timothy 1:10; 4:13; 2 Timothy 4:3; 2 Peter 2:1-3; Jeremiah 6:16; 1 Corinthians 3:10-13; etc).
· Students must be brought to know God, not just to learn about Him, and the curriculum must be consciously structured to achieve that excellent end.
The goal must be not just to impart knowledge, but rather to teach principles of sound interpretation, showing people how to do their own research, and how to apply truth to life. A final goal is the ultimate activation of men and women into effective Christian service, in any environment to which he or she may be called to minister. This is not intended to be a comprehensive statement of faith, but rather a guide to the doctrinal boundaries within which GSU functions. Those who share our spiritual identity will be generally familiar with the following terms, and will be able to fill in what is lacking. Local communities are encouraged, as designed, to develop a statement of faith that varies on minor points of doctrine, from GSU.
Our purpose is that a graduate of GSU, should be able to:
· Communicate the Word of God to others.
· Expound the Word of God in a systematic fashion, with his/her training in the analytical inductive methods of contemporary biblical scholarship.
· Demonstrate genuine concern for missionary work around the world, with a special concern for the urban centers, as a missionary, volunteer, sponsor, or prayer partner.
· Demonstrate Christian maturity with his/her commitment to Christ and His Church.
· Continue a daily regular study of the Word of God as an autonomous leaner, which is characteristic of servants of God.
· Present a well defined, biblically-based, intellectually and rationally sound, compassionate apologetic of their faith.
· Know how to acquire knowledge.
· Our purpose is that a graduate of GSU should know how to apply the knowledge that has been acquired and exhibit wisdom and walk in it.
· Have an awareness of personal values.
· Have a high level of mastery in the skills of communication.
· Cooperate and collaborate with others in studying, analyzing, formulating, and implementing solutions to problems.
· Have awareness, concern, and a sense of responsibility regarding contemporary events, issues, and problems.
· Have love, loyalty, and responsibility to/for the local church as God’s primary mother for societal transformation and its development.
· Know the voice of the Lord for his/her generation and articulate God’s plan with anointed power and conviction.
With this in mind, students who enroll are in agreement with the Philosophy and Code of Conduct
The curriculum of GSU attempts to maintain a non-dogmatic perspective, allowing students to study a wide variety of theological issues to formulate their own beliefs in an academic context. GSU maintains a strong emphasis on church planting, community service, and Christian character development. That the Bible is the Word of God, given and preserved for all generations. We believe it is accurate in all that it ultimately affirms, and is the authoritative standard by which we determine beliefs and conduct. That God exists as three persons: The Father, Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who offers saving grace to all, and the Holy Spirit who empowers men and women for service, and sanctifies them for God’s purpose. That nothing can replace the importance of the local church, which is the body of Christ on earth, in the program of God. That entrance into the church is through the “new birth”, which is brought about by genuine repentance of sin, confession of faith in Christ as Saviour, and surrender to him as Lord. That membership in the church is signified by joyful participation in its worship, fellowship, sacraments, witness, and by acceptance of its discipline. That the presence and use of the charismata is essential in the local church and in Christian ministry. That orthodox approach to Christian ministry is historical, biblical, apostolic traditional and fulfilling. That the victorious Christian life is built upon a proper understanding and exercise of the spiritual authority conveyed to the believer by the gift of righteousness. In the resurrection of the dead at Christ’s return, in the certainty of God’s judgment, and in the inescapable result of that judgment as foretold in the scriptures for the just and the unjust. That the Church must be holy, apostolic, united and catholic.
OUR PHOLOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
· Learning that is characterized by transformation in the life of each student.
· Teachers who exist to serve the student and they accept their primary responsibility before God to cause their students to learn.
· Decentralized classes-courses are taught within the context of strong apostolic covering (fathering)) and local church family life.
· Students are expected, and required, to personally activate the truth in the context of their lives and ministries (“doing” vs. “memorizing”).
THE PLATFORM OF TRANSFORMATIONAL EDUCATION
Five “C’s” form the platform from which Christian transformational (holistic) education is accomplished:
Christ: All teaching will be centered in Christ-seeking to bring students into a Christ-like life and thinking. To accomplish this goal, the teacher must themselves be in a right relationship with the Lord Jesus. This teacher and his teaching must flow out of a walk with God and out of a relationship with Jesus.
Community: Learning will be carried out and proven in the context of community life (relationship). The student’s personal relationship with Jesus will be expressed and worked out in the daily life of his various communities; his family, his church community, the teams he is a part of, and the broader community of the world.
Character: Building a strong character will be the goal of all training. (Not just impartation of knowledge). The indwelling life of Christ expressed and worked out in the community will develop a godly character.
Calling: Will be observed, developed, and proven within the community.
Competency: Competency in a particular area of life and ministry is developed and nurtured in the environment of a loving community.
Balance is a key word in describing the persons who make up the faculty of GSU. First, there is a balance between age and youth, between enthusiasm and experience. There is also a balance in academic ability and spiritual fervor, between the quality of scholarship and a warm heart, intellectual competence and in practical wisdom. GSU has brought together a fine group of faculty and personnel who strive for excellence in their respective areas of instruction and are well able to take on the awesome responsibility of educating and training men and women for God’s service. Most members appointed to the faculty of GSU have a terminal degree in their fields of instruction along with years of practical and professional experience related to their teaching field. All faculty members are also expected to be of high moral character and personal integrity, and firmly committed to GSU Mission Statement. Global Seminary, Seminary University are diverse in theological and philosophical persuasion and support debate, discussion, and the promotion of academic freedom. Core Content Specialist Faculty (Curriculum Developers and Online Mentor): Core Content Specialist Faculty are either full or part-time faculty members of the GSU who focus on cooperative curriculum development for distance education. These faculty members mentor specific online, distance learning, residential learning and correspondence courses. The under-mentioned experts are under consideration and approval by the Vision International University, USA to be part of GSU faculty.