The Sovereign Grace Pastors College is a ten-month, academic program with a very specific purpose: we exist to train pastors.
“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16).
The curriculum is rigorous, but necessarily so, because the very foundation of pastoral ministry is the abiding truth of God’s Word. Pastors must be skilled in the teaching and application of Scripture, faithfully bringing it to bear upon their lives and the churches they serve. Without the faithful wielding of God’s Word, there will ultimately be no faithful or effective pastoral ministry.
The teaching faculty includes Jeff Purswell (Dean), C.J. Mahaney, and other Sovereign Grace pastors. A number of our courses are also taught by noted scholars and instructors such as D.A. Carson, Doug Moo, Michael Haykin, Iain Duguid, Sam Storms, John Woodbridge, Stephen Nichols, Ray Van Neste, Stephen Wellum, and Mike Bullmore.
Since pastors are called to be examples to the people they serve, our program is also designed to cultivate godly character. There are weekly fellowship groups where they care for, encourage, and pray for each other. Wives receive specialized training to serve alongside their husbands. Couples spend the year in varied and intentional contexts to help them grow as disciples, as married couples, and as parents. Finally, they experience all of this with an intimate connection to the local church at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville—which is of critical importance. Their training takes specific account of the local church precisely because students are being equipped to serve in a local church context.