Scholarship with a Shepherd's Heart

We believe in providing a rigorous theological education integrated with practical ministry experience to prepare students for impactful ministry.

Our Mission

Phoenix Seminary trains men and women for Christ-centered ministry for the building up of healthy churches in Phoenix and the world.  We accomplish this through our philosophy of scholarship with a shepherd's heart.

A Basis in Truth

Our global society is increasingly defined as "rudderless" when it comes to truth. Indeed there has never been a more crucial time for biblical accuracy, clarity, and direction for emerging leaders. Scripture remind us “…not to be children in our thinking.”

Phoenix Seminary is a Protestant, evangelical seminary that shapes men and women for ministry with essential foundational tools so that as pastors, missionaries, or ministry leaders, they can carry out their biblical calling and significantly impact the world through the Church on its mission.

The Skills to Learn and Lead

Phoenix Seminary will guide you to navigate wisely any area of calling or interest. We do not set out to answer every question, but our faculty, staff, and curriculum will equip emerging Christian leaders with the language skills, interpretational methods, theological scaffolding, and chronicled historical background necessary for solving these questions on their own.

We believe effective theological education integrates biblical scholarship, practical ministry experience through local churches, and one-on-one character mentoring. We recognize the importance of retaining professors and instructors who are well-published scholars but also ministry practitioners able to give our students a rigorous, effective, holistic education. We augment classroom teaching by partnering with local churches to provide the hands-on skill development that simply cannot come via the classroom. As a result, our graduates are prepared to lead in the midst of challenging new cultural and ministry settings with a solid foundation of biblical understanding and ministry skill sets.

Phoenix Seminary's Statement of Faith

Concerning God

We believe there is one God, who eternally exists in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Concerning the Bible

We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testament are the authoritative Word of God based on an inspired text without error in the autographs. “Autograph” is a theological term referring to the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek manuscripts of Scripture.

Concerning the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ

We believe in the full deity and humanity of 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 where He intercedes for us, and in His personal return in power and glory.

Concerning the Human Condition

We believe all human beings are lost and sinful by nature. Consequently, salvation can only be accomplished by God’s grace through regeneration and justification by the Holy Spirit. Salvation cannot be earned. It is a gift from God, received only by faith in Jesus Christ.

Concerning the Present Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe the indwelling Holy Spirit works the regeneration, sanctification and preservation of the Christian. His ministry is to glorify Jesus Christ and empower the believer for godly living and service.

Concerning the Spiritual Unity of Believers

We believe the Church is the body of Christ of which He is the Head.

Concerning the Future

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved unto eternal life and the lost to eternal condemnation.

Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct

This Statement of Faith does not fully encompass the extent of our doctrinal beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God, 
speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality and the proper conduct of mankind, and is the sole and final source of all that we believe.

For purposes of Phoenix Seminary’s doctrine, practice, policy and discipline, the Board of Directors, as advised by the faculty, is the Seminary’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application. Phoenix Seminary students must affirm the statement of faith. Phoenix Seminary’s resident faculty and senior administrators hold to a more detailed Faculty Teaching Position.

Educational Values

Phoenix Seminary seeks to promote personal and spiritual growth through the alignment of degree program student outcomes with the following educational values:

Theological Understanding Through Bible Study

We believe the Word of God is foundational to life and ministry. Therefore, we will provide education that stimulates increasing love, respect, and submission to the Word of God as well as accurate and appropriate handling of the Scriptures.

Character Development through Mentoring

We believe godly character is paramount for successful Christian ministry. Therefore, we will enable mentoring relationships that encourage personal integrity and Christ-like character.

Ministry Skills through Practice

We believe ministry skills are formed in the classroom and proven in ministry practice outside the classroom. Therefore, we provide opportunities that develop essential skills for reducing marginalization and injustice of people groups by bridging cultural, socio-economic, ethnic, racial, and gender boundaries.
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