The Academy is a ministry of Randolph Street Baptist Church with the aim of equipping men and women to serve in a multiplying gospel movement. We believe the church is the vehicle that God has ordained to fulfill the Great Commission as she declares the gospel of Jesus Christ. To that end the Academy exists to train men to serve as elders, deacons and church planters, to train men and women to serve as key leaders on church plant teams and to train men and women who would serve among least reached people groups.
The Academy is a local church based model of training. We believe the local church should be the primary training ground for gospel workers. The Academy is a product of our passion to "entrust to faithful men" what we have heard in order to see the gospel continue to advance in our region (2 Timothy 2:2). This model requires a high commitment of the local church & her elders. It is our conviction however, that men training for pastoral ministry need to do so in the context of the church, working alongside elders and deacons, learning how to shepherd and care for God's people.
We believe there are 3 key areas in the training of leaders for the local church.
God's Word: Developing a deep understanding of God's Word is essential for any leader in the local church. To that end we seek to maintain high academic standards as men and women pursue a theological education. We bring in key scholars to teach various classes to ensure an intense academic environment.
Godliness: Upon reading the qualifications for an elder listed in 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1 & 1 Peter 5, it is obvious that much more than intellectual achievement is expected. Maturity and godliness are essential for one considering any type of leadership ministry in the local church. This maturation process needs to happen under the care of shepherds who are devoted to raising up godly men. With this in mind, through mentoring relationships and intentional efforts, it is our aim to help students develop and mature into a deeper Christ-likeness as they pursue Academic growth.
Giftedness: Understanding how one is gifted is essential to serving the church well. Too often men are placed in ministries not suited to their gifts simply because they have accomplished an academic exercise. It is our desire to help students identify and develop gifts through real life ministry experience under the supervision of elders. We believe this best serves the student and the church.