A One-Year Program for
Church Planters, Pastors, & Elders


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We Train Men to Pastor Small, Fruitful Churches

A graduate-level diploma program designed to train men to exegete, preach, shepherd, and plant a biblical church.

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Core Principles of
Reformation Seminary

Our theology and ecclesiology operate in alignment with the Westminster Confession of Faith and the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.

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  • 1. Biblical
  • We believe the Bible is completely and finally the authoritative and inerrant Word of God and is the basis for our entire curriculum.
  • 2. Experiential
  • We believe pastoral training must include in-person, hands-on, and relational integration to develop competent and qualified Christian shepherds.
  • 3. Academic
  • We believe effective pastors require serious, rigorous, and practical theological and ecclesiological training to sustain the demands of ministry in our culture.
  • 4. Missional
  • We believe in training pastors who plant biblical churches that multiply into more biblical churches.

Curriculum Overview

This program requires approximately 7-10 hours of work per-week

Quarter 01
Quarter 02
Quarter 03
Quarter 04
Month 1-3 Focus
1. The Pastor at Home
2. Hermeneutics
3. Homiletics #1
Lecture Series
Doctrine of Family Discipleship
The Art of Interpretation
Fundamentals of Expository Preaching
"Family Shepherds"
"Grasping God's Word"
"Biblical Preaching"
Month 4-6 Focus
4. Homiletics #2
5. Church History
6. Systematic Theology
Lecture Series
Preaching, Not Teaching
Understanding Your Place
Having a Consistent View of God
"Preaching & Preachers"
"Church History in Plain Language"
"Everyone's A Theologian"
Month 7-9 Focus
7. Eschatology
8. Pastoral Ministry
9. Biblical Counseling
Lecture Series
An Eschatology of Victory
A Shepherd's Task
Healing Through Truth
"Postmillennialism Made Easy"
"The Shepherd Leader"
"Competent to Counsel"
Month 10-12 Focus
10. Family Integrated Ministry
11. Church Planting #1
12. Church Planting #2
Lecture Series
The Family at Church
The Missional Church Planting Process
Developing Your Planting Plan
"A Weed in the Church"
21 Marks of a Biblical Church
"Nine Marks of a Healthy Church"
Hybrid Learning Model
Prescott, Arizona


While primarily hosted online, domestic students are required to attend two, 4-day, on-site intensives in Prescott, Arizona.

for Diploma in
Pastoral Theology

Because Reformation Seminary is a pastoral training school, all students must meet the biblical qualifications for pastoral ministry found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. If you do not meet one of these requirements, contact Admissions to explore alternative admission options.

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*An established Christian faith and thorough understanding of the biblical narrative

Become a Student
  • 25+ Years of Age
  • Married with children (or expecting)
  • Not a Novice in the Christian Faith*
  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Passed the Reformation Seminary Biblical Aptitude Test (BAT)
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Reformation Seminary's Diploma of Pastoral Theology is an affordable investment in high-caliber theological and pastoral training



Partial Scholarships Available. Discuss with your Admissions Counselor.

Reformation Seminary ranks as one of the most affordable private academic institutions in North America. To preserve its religious freedom, Reformation Seminary does not participate in the Federal Student Aid program.

12 Months
15 Credits
300 Total Hours
$120 One-Time Fees

Included In Your Tuition

  • Online Student Dashboard
  • 14 Curriculum Lecture Videos
  • 12 Pastoral Resource PDF’s
  • Monthly Discipleship Calls with Dale Partridge
  • Two 4-Day Intensives in Prescott, Arizona (Online viewing for International students)
  • Certified Diploma and Graduation Ceremony

Questions about the program? Request more information and we will set up a time to discuss your questions.