Entrance Qualifications

Prerequisites for prospective students

EPTS focuses on training each student to be skilled in reading and studying the biblical texts to understand it accurately. EPTS is not for just any kind of Christian ministry. We train students to be expository preachers, so graduates should be pastors who can teach their congregations the bible through clearly explaining God’s Word.

Primarily EPTS desires to admit men who meet the qualifications of an overseer in 1 Timothy 3.

Here are some things we look for:

  • They must be men who have genuinely repented of their sin and placed their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
  • They must be called by God to be pastors. (1 Tim. 2:12-14; Eph. 4:11)
  • They must maintain personal holiness in all areas of life and ministry which includes family, work and social activities.
  • They must be men of proven character (Acts 6:3).
  • If married, the wife must agree with the husband that God has called him to be an pastor of Christ’s flock.  (His wife also must reflect the qualifications of a godly wife.)
  • They must substantially demonstrate godly characteristics in line with 1 Tim. 3:1-7.
  • They must be men who are committed without reservation to the EPTS doctrinal statement.
  • They must be men who are actively preaching in their local church at least two times per month.
  • They must men who have the necessary mental skills to engage in exegetical studies, expository preaching, biblical counseling and pastoral ministry.
  • They must be men free from debt and exercise financial integrity.