Our school was founded to represent the entirety of the orthodox Christian church. Our faculty and student body are Protestant Christian, evangelical and interdenominational. Our students learn in community with one another, faculty and staff who represent more than 20 different evangelical denominations but who together confess the orthodox tenets of the Christian faith and are passionate about the unity and witness of the church. The faculty teaches elective courses that help students learn their own and others’ ecclesial traditions. The divinity school joyfully expresses this identity and ethos within the context of a larger Christian university.
The value of an interdenominational community has been immeasurable. Seeing the rich traditions and expressions of worship from various denominations has been formative for me. Also having the opportunity to expose classmates to my own tradition and denominational background has fortified my appreciation and love for it in the process. —Corey Savage, M.Div., '22
Beeson prepares God-called men and women for ministry in the church of Jesus Christ. We believe in the One Triune God of holiness and love: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are committed to the great tradition of historic Christian orthodoxy. Therefore, we believe in the central doctrine of justification by grace through faith, the tenet by which the church either stands or falls. We also believe that the good news of God’s gracious salvation in Christ is clearly taught in God’s written Word, the Bible; its fully inspiration and total truthfulness we confess, and to its authority we submit. This rich core of commitments forms the basis of our unity as a theological, interdenominational community centered on Jesus Christ.
Beeson’s evangelical ethos was a major reason why I chose to study here. Beeson equips men and women to study God’s word rigorously, to preach the gospel clearly and to make disciples of all nations. Beeson’s evangelical ethos will help me obey the Great Commission with greater catholicity, arm in arm with other evangelicals united in the gospel.
—Salvador Blanco-Perello, M.Div. student
We believe strongly that a community-oriented, full-time and personal environment offers the best opportunity to train for a lifetime of faithful ministry. This is why Beeson maintains a low faculty to student ratio (currently 1:7). Beeson students learn from renowned faculty in the classroom and worship and pray alongside them in weekly chapel and mentor groups.
I love Beeson’s broad range of denominations and deep commitment to the biblical languages and reading primary sources, but perhaps its greatest gift is in-person, relational learning that brings interdenominational value to bear through discussions outside the classroom. Friendships with classmates not only help you survive countless hours of studying Greek and Hebrew, but make it a joy. —Rachel Wood, M.Div., '23
We believe training for ministry requires knowledge, skill and wisdom in these areas: biblical languages, biblical theology, preaching, history and doctrine, spiritual formation and pastoral ministry. We believe students must be informed and transformed by God’s Word and Spirit in community. Beeson students commit to serious, full-time study. We do not offer distance learning because we believe the best training for personal ministry of the gospel takes place in a personal environment.
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