Dr. Jim Bradshaw's Testimony About The Strategic Importance Of ATS
Hi, my name is Jim Bradshaw. I am the dean of the School of Ministry And Applied Theology. I received my Doctor of Ministry Degree from one of the Methodist Church's leading seminaries. Having been trained in a denominational school, I want to share with you my convictions about ATS.
The Apostles Theological Seminary is not your traditional seminary. What I mean by that is not only the access to its course materials through the internet, but the structure and content of the courses.
First, let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed my traditional seminary experience, having gone to what I believe is one of the best schools to provide such an education. However, I would have been even better served in my young adulthood in preparing for ministry with a proper understanding of the Kingdom of God. While the Kingdom of God was an occasional theme in my studies, its revelation as understood by the original apostles was lacking. What I mean is that my seminary was the best in representing its tradition…evangelical and Wesleyan. But, it did not go back far enough to actually recover the revelation of the apostles that was given to them by Jesus.
While we indeed studied the New Testament, we did not emphasize or focus on the apostles' revelation of Messiah's Kingdom, or of the Church that Jesus said He would build. We certainly did not deal with true apostolic order or government when it comes to the life of the Church. For example, apostles and prophets were never given serious consideration as ministry gifts for the church today. Also, the present denominational division was never really challenged as subnormal, but rather was accepted and accommodated in order to preserve the present denominational divisions in the church. Sadly, this is seems to be the prevailing pattern of seminary education today.
On the other hand the Apostles Theological Seminary uniquely places at the forefront of its academic programs the absolute necessity of rediscovering the authentic revelation of the mysteries of Christ, His Kingdom and His Church that Jesus Himself entrusted to the original apostles of the Lamb and the first ascension-gift apostles. Thus in offering its four outstanding degrees in apostolic and prophetic studies with specialization, ATS requires that the study of Church History, theology and dogma, ministry, evangelism and missions, church planting and all other theological and ministerial disciplines be pursued in the full light of the revelation and the architectural blueprint that Jesus entrusted to the first apostles. Of course the goal or purpose of all of this is to raise-up a whole new generation of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers and equip them to restore the foundations of Messiah's kingdom once-for-all laid by Jesus and the first apostles in the first century, and reform, restructure, and reorganize the present divided church, so that it might fulfill its heavenly calling and destiny as one holy apostolic Church, the instrument or body of Messiah's Kingdom purpose and a demonstration on earth of life under the government of King Jesus.
Just as in the reformation in Nehemiah's day, today the Senior Leadership Team and Core Faculty of ATS are working to raise a new generation of five-fold ministers for the 21st century and empower them to clear away the rubble of 2000 years of church history that hides from modern view the true Church of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Himself as the chief cornerstone. While many of today's seminaries are still equipping leaders to serve the present denominational situation in the modern church, thus perpetuating the existing divisions in the body of Christ, ATS seeks to equip a new generation of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to serve God's purpose to bring forth a new apostolic reformation that will impact how the Church influences our world in the days and years to come.
Posted on Mon, December 10, 2012
by Jim Bradshaw