A few months ago, I took our blog to Spain to look at “How to Plant a Seminary in Four Steps.” I remembered a seminary professor who said, “Pity the man who tries to launch a full MDiv program all at once from scratch. Better to just start teaching one class. Then add another. And then another.”
But where would you start? Which class should you offer first?
To answer that question, our blog goes to Germany and Ukraine. The Irpin Biblical Seminary was founded in 1991 near Kiev. The European Bible Training Centre was founded in Berlin in 2001. Both schools are members of The Master’s Academy International.
In the video below, EBTC director Christian Andresen interviews Greg White, dean of the theology department, at Irpin. Both are graduates of The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California.
The main point of the five-minute interview is an apologetic for continuing education for pastors. Andresen observes that graduates from Iprin are teaching in EBTC’s Russian-language program, while they are also returning to Irpin to deepen their theological training. Andresen asks White, what vision does Irpin have for these continuing students.
Greg White summarizes the 23-year history of Irpin Biblical Seminary and its vision for its students in the space of little more than a minute.
Watch the video, and see if you can catch what class they taught first:
Hermeneutics. The first class they started to offer was “How to Study the Bible.”
[1:40] “We started off really at the basics, just like most of the training centers,
just giving them the foundation of Hermeneutics, or How to Study the Bible.”
From there, they taught how to put together a sermon, from the text in their own language. Then they developed a complete Master of Divinity, with study in the original languages. Then they offered specialization in Old Testament and in New Testament. Then the students began to take the place of the teachers, and Irpin offered a Masters of Theology to further equip the national faculty responsible for training up the next generation of pastors.
But it all started with a class on “How to Study the Bible”.
Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He [Jesus] explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. (Luke 24:27)
Could you explain the things concerning Jesus in all the Scriptures?
If not, where could you find a class on how to study the Bible? Maybe at your own church?
Then, whom could you could teach how to study God’s word?