Rockbridge Seminary is an accredited degree-granting institution of higher learning that exists to develop servant leaders for Christian ministry through quality distance educational experiences that allow them to study and practice without leaving their ministry field.
Rockbridge will be known as a premier global provider of practical online ministry training.
Goals and Objectives
An effective servant leader in Christian ministry will demonstrate proficiency in the purposes for which God made us: worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism.
- The student demonstrates understanding of personal and community worship. (I‑1; Worship)
- The student demonstrates understanding of the role of biblical community in the Body of Christ. (I-2; Fellowship)
- The student demonstrates understanding of the Bible and how to help others grow in Christ. (I-3; Discipleship)
- The student demonstrates understanding of how to minister to others in Jesus Name. (I-4; Ministry)
- The student demonstrates understanding of approaches to missions and evangelism. (I‑5; Evangelism)
These objectives can and will be achieved through quality distance education programs.
Values – Doctrinal Statement
We adhere to the fundamentals of the Christian faith.
We believe the Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error and the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
We believe there is only one God, who is creator and ruler of the universe. He is eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(Genesis 1:1,26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
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.
(Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1;1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13)
We believe that for the salvation of sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
(2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1)
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of damnation.
(John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46)
We believe all believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true Church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines. We believe diversity of thought can exist in the Kingdom among those who seriously seek His truth.
(John 17:21; Acts 11:26; Romans 12:5; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 4:13; 1 Peter 4:16; 1 John 1:7)
Rockbridge embraces four threads that weave through the curriculum and inform course learning outcomes and the spiritual formation of our students.
Head – Servant leaders know God and know His Word. (2 Tim. 2:15 & Acts 2:42)
Rockbridge develops ministry leaders who can think biblically, theologically, and strategically. Rockr’s have a vision of God’s purpose for their life and how to fulfill it. In the classroom, the Head is emphasized under Explore in each Unit.
Heart– Servant leaders love God and love others. (Mark 12:30-31)
Rockbridge models unconditional love and compassion to all people so the whole world can know the grace of God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Rockr’s embody a life surrendered to Christ. In the classroom, the Heart is emphasized under Reflect in each Unit.
Hands – Servant leaders serve God and minister to others. (James 1:22)
Rockbridge equips leaders with practical ministry skills. Rockr’s work alongside others in fulfilling God’s purposes of fellowship, discipleship, ministry, evangelism, and worship. In the classroom, the Hands are emphasized under Do in each Unit.
Habits– Servant leaders employ practices that nourish their inner lives.
Rockbridge trains students in the practice of spiritual disciplines. Rockr’s practice lifelong spiritual habits that nourish their emotional and spiritual health. In the classroom, Habits are emphasized under Renew in each Unit.