AT A GLANCE
Student/faculty ratio: 6:1
Location: Dyer, Indiana
Mid-America Reformed Seminary seeks to serve Christ and His church by assisting in the formation and preparation of servants for the Kingdom of God. Our primary purpose is to train men for the gospel ministry of Jesus Christ. Guided by this focus, we are also committed to providing solid theological training for others among God’s people whose life calling may be enhanced by theological education.
What is Mid-America all about? What’s unique about our approach to training students for the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Mid-America is wholeheartedly committed to the supreme authority and complete truthfulness of the Word of God. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the standard for everything that is taught in the classroom and for our approach to training students for the gospel ministry.
We believe the historic Reformed confessions of the church are the best expression of biblical Christianity. Thus, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and the Westminster Confession set the parameters for our course of instruction. We take a fresh and enthusiastic look at the historic Christian creeds and use them in the formation of our preaching and teaching.
One dominant conviction has shaped Mid-America throughout its history: Christ builds His church by His Spirit and Word. The proclamation of the biblical gospel or evangel of Christ and His saving work lies at the core of the church’s mission in the world.
We exist to serve the church. We believe the health of the church depends on the faithful ministry of God’s Word and our mission is to provide the best training possible for students who are preparing for gospel ministry. Our focus is on equipping students with the academic and practical tools that will enable them to fulfill the calling of a minister in the church and to the world.
Mid-America is closely associated with confessional Reformed and Presbyterian churches; however, it is not governed by the rules of any denomination. All members of Mid-America’s Association and the Board of Trustees, which governs the Seminary and its activities, and the members of the faculty, are wholeheartedly committed to the Holy Scriptures as the infallible and inerrant Word of God; and in conformity with the Word, to the ecumenical creeds of Christendom (the Apostles’, Athanasian, and Nicene Creeds); and to the following Reformation Confessions: the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dort, and the Westminster Confession of Faith.
We seek to give students the tools for a lifetime of ministry. Our curriculum stresses two governing ideas. First, there is a repeated combination of study and application that teaches students how to translate the theology they learn into preaching and teaching constructed with solid content and sound method. Second, there is a strong emphasis on the classical disciplines of original language study, biblical interpretation, doctrinal and practical studies, and the history of the church with application that is relevant in the 21st century.
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program is designed to prepare students for the ordained gospel ministry as pastors, chaplains, missionaries, and evangelists. The program intends to train men to serve the church as knowledgeable pastors with servant hearts. The degree consists of 102 classroom credits and 10 Ministerial Apprenticeship Program credits. The program is designed to be completed in 3 years, though it can be extended.
The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree program is a two-year program for students who desire theological education but do not seek ordination. The MTS program consists of the same rigorous academic work as the M.Div. program, but without the requirements associated with preaching and ministerial studies. The MTS program offers flexibility by allowing students to concentrate on one of the two areas: biblical studies or doctrinal/ecclesiastical studies.
Mid-America Reformed Seminary is a member of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), and a former member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).
Mid-America Reformed Seminary is a member of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (10 Summit Park Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15275, telephone 412-788-6505) having been awarded initial accreditation for a period of five years; through the fall of 2014. ATS, through its commission on accrediting, is recognized by the United States Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for the accreditation of graduate professional theological schools in the United States.
The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Mid-America is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Founded in 1979, the ECFA is comprised of more than 650 charitable, religious, and educational organizations that are qualified for tax-exempt, nonprofit status. ECFA’s steadfast purpose is to enunciate, maintain, and manifest a code of financial accountability and reporting which is consistent with enlightened and responsible Christian faith and practice.
Mid-America Reformed Seminary was first accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) as a Category III (Masters degree-granting) institution on April 6, 2005. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as a national accrediting body for Christian institutions, colleges, universities, and seminaries. TRACS is also a member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education. Mid-America ended its relationship with TRACS in 2017.