Ekklesia Theological Seminary is an extension of the worldwide ministries that Mt. Zion Bible Church oversees. Our desire is to offer free seminary training for overseas pastors and prison inmates. Many international pastors need theological education in order to teach sound doctrine and have no means of attaining it (more about the need). In addition, many of the prison students who have completed their course of study through Mount Zion Bible Institute desire to prepare for the ministry and even to plant churches within the prisons. Ekklesia will provide seminary level courses for them. Upon completion of their studies, qualified students would receive the Masters of Divinity degree, for which Ekklesia is approved by the State of Florida.
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Ekklesia will employ distance learning: written correspondence, DVD / video, online resources, and possibly virtual classrooms with internet streaming. Specifically, this means free seminary training will be available to prisoners and overseas pastors, as well as other interested men from North American congregations.
Distance students will receive one-on-one discipleship from qualified volunteer mentors. Mentors are responsible for grading and communicating with only a few students. This will allow maximum relationship opportunities without the mentors experiencing overload. Men interested in volunteering to be mentors will need to complete an application regarding spiritual maturity, sound doctrinal knowledge, references, and agreement with one of the theological foundation documents. We will only accept students as we have mentors available; therefore, volunteer mentors are extremely important. Serving as a mentor is a wonderful opportunity for personal mission outreach, especially for missions-minded pastors to link directly with a needy church overseas.
Ekklesia Seminary's theological foundation is the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith (PDF), similar to the historic Westminster Confession of Faith. Ekklesia is also mission-minded, desiring to see the Gospel and theological education taken to the ends of the earth.
Jonny White coordinates Ekklesia; he holds the M.Div. degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, and earned his Ph.D. in Church History from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Please seriously consider praying for Ekklesia Seminary, men volunteering to serve as a mentor, or including Ekklesia in your church's missions support. To learn more email, visit the links on the left side of this page, email Jonny White at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 850-610-2627.
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