Concordia Evangelical Protestant Seminary
Institute for Biblical Studies
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Who We Are
Concordia Theologica is the Training Institute of Concordia Evangelical Protestant Seminary for ministers of the Evangelical Protestant Church (GCEPC)/Lutheran Evangelical Protestant Church (LEPC) of the General Conference of Evangelical Protestant Churches. It is owned by the Evangelical Protestant Church (GCEPC).
Concordia Evangelical Protestant Seminary/Concordia Theologica is a private school solely for the training and educating of our Evangelical Protestant Church (GCEPC)and Lutheran Evangelical Protestant Church (LEPC) ministers of the General Conference of Evangelical Protestant Churches.
Please note:It is not possible to make application for the sole purpose of taking our private school courses. Our schools are not open to the general public. We do not take applications for school attendance only. Our courses are designed to train individuals that have a valid ministry calling who are committed to building an active ministry within our structure and oversight.Once an applicant is approved for credentialing and ordination and are a member of our faith community they may take coursework.Our courses are only open to ordained member ministers of our faith community. Please do not apply if you do not have a ministry calling with interest in becoming an EPC/LEPC minister.
Concordia Evangelical Protestant Seminary, Concordia Theologica Institute of Biblical Studies exists for the purpose of being able to offer ministry training to individuals who are called to ministry but lack the educational background to meet our qualifications for credentialing and ordination. Applicants lacking educational qualifications may go through our application and discernment process for credentialing and upon approval take the coursework their first year under our licensing program. Once the coursework earning them a Bachelor of Practical Ministry is completed they will be given full ordained minister status.No degree will be awarded to anyone who does not follow through with their commitment to minister with the EPC/LEPC.
Non-Traditional Flexible Christian Education
Our history has taught us that education and continuing education are key elements in the work of the ministry. The Holy Spirit wants to expand our knowledge of the God we serve and we believe one means of that expansion is through schools of education. The goal of Concordia Evangelical Protestant Seminary/Concordia Theologica founded in 2001 is to provide non-traditional, flexible, Christian alternative Biblical and theological education for those called to the Gospel Ministry but who lack educational requirements or resources.
All of our coursework is online and can be accessed anywhere in the world any time through our Moodle Educational Learning Environment one of the premier learning environments used by a diversity of schools of education. Mentors and students are available and interact with the student ministers as needed. Our courses consists of assignments with content and quizzes specially designed to allow students to work at their own pace but within a structured learning environment. Students may begin at any point in the year.
Bachelors Licensing Program Our Institute provides tuition free denominational church education and training for those wishing to apply for ordination as Evangelical Protestant/Lutheran Evangelical Protestant Ministers but do not meet the educational requirements. Under this program applicants are required to commit to credentialing as an EPC/LEPC minister after completing the Concordia Theologica Coursework. Applicants are licensed for one year as a minister of the gospel with certain limitations in order to complete their coursework. Once the coursework is completed full ordination and credentialing may be awarded. Please contact us if you are interested in this program for further information.
Masters and Doctoral Programs Denominational and church education and training in the tuition free advanced degree program is available to all Evangelical Protestant and Lutheran Evangelical Protestant ministers who are credentialed and ordained with the EPC GCEPC/LEPC. Those EPC/LEPC ministers who possess an undergraduate Bachelors degree may enroll in the tuition free advanced program. This program is open only to Evangelical Protestant and Lutheran Evangelical Protestant ministers. Provision has been made for the earning of our denominational Masters, Doctoral or the combination Bachelor/Masters, Masters/Doctoral Program which many schools are now using. If you are interested in this program and you are an EPC/LEPC minister please contact the General Conference Office for more information. If you are interested in becoming credentialed with the EPC GCEPC/LEPC and would like more information on our programs please contact us with your questions.
Continuing Education Credits All ministers of the EPC GCEPC/LEPC may take any course of their choosing for continuing education without enrolling as a full time student.
Read Only Courses All ministers coming into the EPC GCEPC/LEPC who meet educational requirements are required to read the coursework for three courses in the curriculum: History of the Evangelical Protestant Church, Servant Shepherd Leadership and Spiritual Gifts and Motivations as part of their acclimation to the work and purpose of the EPC GCEPC/LEPC ministry.
Awarding of Degrees
Church Degree Program Applicants who complete the Core Coursework in the Bachelors Licensing Program earn a Bachelor of Practical Ministry and are educationally qualified for full ordination with the EPC CEPC/LEPC upon approval of the Board of Advisors. Electives from other secular programs may be accepted on a case by case basis but not instead of the Core Coursework. Theological or Biblical coursework from other accepted schools may be applied on a case by case basis. Advanced degrees of Masters of Divinity, Doctor of Ecclesiology or Theology may be earned upon successful completion of 36 semester hours of coursework and meeting thesis requirements. Theological or Biblical coursework from other accepted schools of higher learning for Masters or Doctoral programs may be applied on a case by case basis. For further information please contact the General Conference Office
Concordia Evangelical Protestant Seminary/Concordia Theologica meets South Carolina Code of Laws Section 59-58-30(4) exclusions as it is an institution whose sole purpose is religious education and training. Concordia Theologica is an exempt institution in accordance with S.C. Code of Laws Section 59-58-30 (4) and may award degrees, diplomas and certificates for programs that prepare graduates for service in ministry. A degree, diploma or certificate from Concordia Theologica does not guarantee a job or ordination in any specific market or ministry. The primary purposes of our programs are to help strengthen our students´/participants´ walk with God and to help equip them for Christian ministry. Section 59-58-20(18) defines "religious or theological training" as "...the awarding of nonacademic degrees, diplomas, or certificates with a specific theological, biblical, divinity, or other religious designation."
Executuve Board Board of Advisors/Synod Region Bishops
Rev. Nancy K. Drew,Presiding Bishop/President Rev. Dr. David Church Rev. Linda Dabney Rev. Dennis Overlein
Rev. Jessica Johnston Executive Bishop/Vice President Rev. Dr. William Dorn Rev. Dr. Israel Ikpeka Rev. Dr. Francesco Reale
Rev. Dr. David Church,Director of Missions Rev. Dr. Fred Macharia Rev. Dr. Elijah Ruboneka Rev. Dr. Michael Norton
Rev,Ralf Muller, Rev. Patrick Pierce, Ecumenical Affairs Rev. Dr. Harvey Menden Rev. Dr. Ralf Muller
Office of Chaplaincy, Director of Chaplaincy
Media Ministry : Rev. Steve Bacon, Rev. Brian Jones
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