Thursday, February 9, 2017

Not Too Late to Register for the 2017 Spring Conference

Although the early-bird discounted rate opportunity has expired, it is still possible to save on registration for Greenville Seminary's 2017 Spring Theology Conference celebrating 500 years of the Protestant Reformation.

The regular rate of $120 ($30 for students) now applies until the opening of the conference on March 14. On-site registration rates will be $125 for adults and $35 for non-GPTS students.

Low prices are also offered throughout the registration period for spouses ($40) and youth over age 12 ($25). Children 12 and under may attend free of charge.

The conference will be held March 14-16, 2017, at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, South Carolina. The registration/check-in table will be open from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. 

For more information, visit our web site or contact us at 864-322-2717, ext. 302.

Conference lectures and speakers include:

  • Luther’s Providential God — Dr. Robert Kolb
  • Luther’s Preaching on the Parables — Dr. Kolb
  • The Law as Friend and Foe in the Theology of Luther — Dr. Michael Whiting
  • Luther on Life without Dichotomy — Dr. James McGoldrick
  • Soli Deo Gloria: Life that Glorifies God — Dr. Michael Morales
  • Sola Gratia — Dr. Joseph Pipa, Jr.
  • Sola Scriptura — Dr. Joel Beeke
  • Solus Christus — Rev. Cliff Blair
  • Sola Fide: What Saving Faith Will Do — Rev. Carl Robbins

Explore GPTS – March 13-14

Prospective Students: Don't miss this year's opportunity to visit the GPTS campus for our annual Explore GPTS Campus Preview open house days.

In advance of the seminary’s annual Spring Theology Conference, we have set aside time to welcome prospective students considering GPTS as they prepare to enter pastoral ministry.

Attending Explore GPTS on March 13-14 as a prospective student includes participation in the main conference as our guest with complimentary registration.

This pre-conference gathering for prospective students offers opportunities to:

    ~ Tour Campus
    ~ Attend Classes and Chapel
    ~ Engage with Faculty
    ~ Meet Students and Alumni
    ~ Access Theology Conference

Why Should You Consider GPTS?

Our faculty are committed to train men to be faithful and effective preachers, pastors and churchmen for the sake of Christ. They do this by equipping men with comprehensive training in the biblical languages, biblical theology, and preaching, founded upon the sure foundation of Apostolic teaching expressed in the Westminster Standards and Three Forms of Unity. We want the next generation of Reformed pastors to enter into the ministry with a burden for the Lost, not a burden of debt, and we make every effort to keep our tuition as affordable as possible.

Explore GPTS Schedule

Monday, March 13

11:30 a.m. – Welcome Luncheon in the Student Commons
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Attend Classes
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion with Faculty and Leadership
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Evening Class

Tuesday, March 14

9:00 – 10:45 a.m. – Attend Classes
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. – Pre-conference Chapel
1:00 p.m. – Theology Conference at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church Starts

To register, go here

Be sure to register for the main conference for free, by following the instructions in the confirmation message you will receive after submitting your Explore GPTS 2017 registration.

Meanwhile, watch this brief video explaining why you should Explore GPTS.

Do you know someone who may be considering a seminary education and might benefit from a visit to the GPTS campus to learn more about what we offer?

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Celebrating 30 Years in Christ's Service

While we recognize the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we also mark the seminary's 30th anniversary of training men for the gospel ministry.

Please join us for Greenville Seminary's elegant 30th Anniversary Banquet, at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, in the Poinsett Ballroom of the historic Westin Poinsett Hotel on Main Street in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Ticket cost: $50

The program for the evening will include speakers Dr. Joseph Pipa, Jr. (GPTS president), Dr. Ryan McGraw (professor of systematic theology), Chris Larson (president & CEO, Ligonier Ministries), and James Norris (2016 graduate), musical entertainment, and a gourmet meal.

Event sponsorships are available. Please contact Zack Groff at  The deadline for reservations is March 9. 

MegaTrend: Continuing Education for Pastors and Church Leaders

Among the Ten Major Trends for Churches in 2017 is a "remarkable shift toward continual learning," according to Thom S. Rainer.

"Our research is showing that pastors and church staff tend to have greater success in their roles if they are intentional about continual learning," says Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources.

Some go the path of additional formal education, but others are receiving coaching and intentional programs of continual learning through seminars and online resources, he says.

"An ancillary trend to this one is the increase in number of mentors and coaches for pastors and staff,' Rainer adds.

Greenville Seminary offers pastors, church officers, and lay leaders a variety of opportunities to pursue additional theological training. Each semester and term, the seminary offers a number of "intensive classes" consisting of a handful of full, all-day courses in the span of a week or two. The entire winter term in January of each year is dedicated to these types of classes, but the spring and fall semester schedules also include some intensive courses, usually taught by adjunct faculty.

In addition, each summer, the seminary offers a week-long Summer Institute on a subject of current interest to the church.

One of the unique continuing education opportunities offered by the seminary is the Master of Ministry for Ruling Elders and Deacons. This degree program may be completed on campus for local area church officers or online through mentored distance learning in as little as two years.

The quality of the ministry of a Ruling Elder (RE) or a Deacon (D) depends on his personal devotion to the Lord, his knowledge of the Word, his understanding of biblical church government, and his specific function within that system of government. Therefore, the proper training for a RE/D or for a candidate for those positions is of great importance to the church. The M.M.R.E. and M.M.D. programs include training in personal piety, knowledge of the Bible, understanding of Presbyterian church government, and the role of the RE/D in the church. The M.M.R.E. program is designed to help the Ruling Elder function not only at the local church level, but at presbytery and General Assembly level. The M.M.D. program is designed to help the Deacon see his role in terms of the local church and the wider church.

Pastors may also enroll in regular classes offered within the seminary's divinity degree program.

Although no credit is offered, the seminary's annual Spring Theology Conference offers a great opportunity for in-depth spiritual and intellectual enrichment and encouragement. The 2017 conference on March 14-16 focuses on the great teachings and significance of the Protestant Reformation.

Stewardship Report: Laboring Together

As we closed our first month of 2017, we are pleased to report a positive financial picture thus far this fiscal year. We are thanking God always for His faithful provision for our every need.

We are happy to report that the giving pattern so far during Fiscal Year 2016-17 is similar to that described in Nehemiah 7:70-72. We read about Nehemiah’s personal generosity, the substantial giving of “some of the heads of the fathers’ households,” and “that which the rest of the people gave” to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. At Greenville Seminary, we are seeing new supporters at every level of giving, and this is deeply encouraging.

Please continue to pray for us as we advance the work of the Seminary.

Financial Report for January 2017

The tables below indicate our monthly general operating fund financial situation as of the end of January and thus far in 2016-17 fiscal year.

Budget Performance:

Unrestricted general fund donations from churches ($19,081) and individuals ($18,990) in January totaled $38,071, which was $39,929 below the $78,000 budgeted for such income. Expenses of $97,531 in January were $2,463 below the $99,994 budgeted for expenses.

Actual Income and Expenses:

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Gifts may also be mailed to: Greenville Seminary, PO Box 690, Taylors SC 29687.

And don't forget to do your online shopping at AmazonSmile. Log on to and select Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary as your charity. Or click on the AmazonSmile banner at the very bottom of this e-newsletter. 

Fidelity Charitable and Schwab Charitable clients: Click here for Donor-Advised Fund direct deposit. Wells Fargo employees: check with your company about matching gifts to GPTS.
Do you work for a company that offers matching gifts when you contribute to a charity? Why not ask your employer about whether your gifts to GPTS can be matched. Here is a list of some of the top companies that offer matching gifts or reward your volunteer work for your charity. Many other companies do as well, to support employee charitable giving and extend corporate philanthropy.

Remember, gifts to GPTS are tax-deductible and may include cash, securities, property or a variety of planned giving instruments. (The tax deduction is reduced by the fair market value of any premium received in return for a donation.) See here for information about planning your last will and testament with the Kingdom of God in mind.

Most of all, be fervent in prayer that God would provide all that is needed for us to do what He has called us to do in this ministry.

Thank you for your continued support for Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

UK Extension Campus Library Grows

Last year Greenville Seminary acquired a major portion of the library of retired professor and trustee Dr. George W. Knight III. Eighty boxes of books from this acquisition were shipped to our extension campus in England, Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Gateshead, arriving last September.

The following response was received from one of the students there, Nathan Hilton:

We were delighted, humbled, and thankful for the kind donation of over 80 boxes of books from GPTS. This sizable donation has taken our catalogue to almost 4,000 books, which is pretty impressive when you consider that we only began building the library a few years ago. The picture (below) showcases part of our library as well as our full-time students/ministerial assistants: Nathan Hilton, and Florian Weicken. Greenville’s, and Dr Knight’s donation will help us tremendously as we pursue a theological programme for students throughout the UK and Europe. Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary would like to express our sincere thanks to all who were involved in the packing, sorting, and shipping of the books; we received them as an expression of your love and care for us. Be assured that our small body here in England reciprocates that love and care; we pray for your support and blessings in Christ. 

McGraw on Owen at Reformed Forum Podcast

Greenville Seminary Professor of Systematic Theology Dr. Ryan McGraw spoke recently about one of his favorite subjects, "John Owen and Reformed Orthodox Trinitarian Theology," on the Reformed Forum blog podcast.

Dr. McGraw's article, “Trinitarian Doxology: Reassessing John Owen’s Contribution to Reformed Orthodox Trinitarian Theology” was published in The Westminster Theological Journal, Vol. 77, No. 2, Fall 2015. (GPTS Adjunct Professor of Homiletics Breno Macedo is also featured in that issue.) He was featured on a previous episode to speak about the meaning of the phrase “good and necessary consequence” in the Westminster Confession of Faith 1.6.

Don't miss upcoming new "Faith and Practice" broadcasts at Greenville Seminary's own podcast Confessing our Hope.The upcoming spring dates for “Faith and Practice” with Dr. Joseph Pipa are as follows: February 7, March 7, April 4, and May 2.

All episodes will be LIVE at 4:10 PM ET. You can listen on the podcast website by using the player in the upper right corner. You can also listen here.