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Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary


Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary has faithfully prepared men for the gospel ministry since its founding in 1976. As a ministry of the Inter-City Baptist Church in Allen Park, Michigan, it provides graduate level training with a balance between strong academics and a heart for local church ministry. Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary is …
  • Baptist in Heritage
  • Fundamental in Position
  • Dispensational in Approach
  • Local Church in Ideology

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary has been called into existence for the express purpose of preparing men for the New Testament Gospel ministry. The curriculum has been structured to fulfill this purpose and the faculty is unreservedly committed to this goal. Graduates will have the necessary tools and content material to enable them to take leadership positions and to fulfill their calling adequately whether it be in the pastorate at home, establishing local churches on the mission field, or in Christian education.

The Seminary has many distinctives which justify its founding and continued existence. It is committed totally to the primacy of the New Testament church as God’s ordained instrument of witness and work in this age. It thus trains its students in the ideology and function of the local church. The School emphasizes expository preaching based on a study of the Scriptures in the original languages. This characterizes the ministry of its President, Dr. David M. Doran, at the Inter-City Baptist Church of Allen Park, Michigan, the parent organization of the Seminary.

The Seminary holds to a dispensational approach to the Bible and is thus premillennial and pretribulational in eschatology. It is biblicist in theology and stands opposed to and engages in refutation of the charismatic movement, Arminianism, and hyper-Calvinism. The School stands firmly as Fundamentalist and separatist and is unashamedly Baptist.

The educational philosophy of the Seminary stems from the authoritative, inerrant Word of God. Therefore, the learning process pivots around a professor-centered classroom situation and the direct presentation of truth. The School has earned a good reputation for its no-nonsense academics because the teachers are exacting in their scholastic demands on students; Bible truth dare not be handled in a smorgasbord, slovenly manner. There is a strong emphasis on learning the original biblical languages followed by exegesis and Bible exposition courses, all of which are coordinated in a coherent, unified network of systematic theology. This is accompanied all the while by courses in expository preaching, church history, Baptist history, pastoral theology, and church administration. These academic demands and educational emphases will not be diminished in an effort simply to attract students or shorten the time of preparation. Students looking for an “easy” seminary do not knowingly apply to DBTS.

The scholastic side of seminary life is not at the expense of heart preparation for the ministry. A genuine desire to preach and a tender-hearted concern for the souls of men are fostered as best as is known how. A weekly ministry in a local church is required of all students. The practical, pastoral side of the Lord’s work is emphasized in the classroom as well as the academic. Not neglected is one’s personal relationship of obedience to God through the Scriptures. While rejecting various forms of pietism and mysticism, the Seminary nonetheless attempts to nurture the inner man and enhance the maturing process that any correct exposure to the Word of God will bring.

With such distinctives and philosophy the Seminary puts forth a product that will meet the need for well-trained and qualified workers in the Lord’s harvest field. Its faculty, students, and alumni have been met with appreciative acceptance by Fundamental, separatist Baptist people. Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary pledges uncompromising loyalty to the Scriptures and remains totally committed to the thorough equipping of men called of God into today’s and tomorrow’s ministry.

  • We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are equal in essence, yet distinct in personality (Deut 6:4; Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14).
  • We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word, without error as originally written, and the final authority for our faith and practice (2 Tim 3:16–17; John 17:17).
  • We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who added a fully human nature to his divine nature thus becoming the God–man, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as the substitute for sinners, paying the penalty of God’s wrath against sin, rose from the dead, and will come again to establish his kingdom (John 1:1, 14; Heb 4:15; 1 John 2:2; 4:10; 1 Thess 1:10; Rev 11:15).
  • We believe that God created man in His own image by a direct act on the sixth day of the creation week (Gen 1:26–31). We believe that man deliberately disobeyed the expressed will of God and therefore fell under God's condemnation and the power of sin (Rom 5:12; 6:20). We believe that the resulting effect of sin on man touches his entire being, leaving him completely unable to earn God’s favor or contribute to his own salvation (Eph 2:1–10; Titus 3:5).
  • We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone (Eph 2:8–9; Rom 3:21–25; 4:5). We believe that justification is by faith, apart from works, and results in a guilty sinner being declared righteous by God because the righteousness of Jesus Christ is credited to his account (Rom 4:4–5; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 2:16).
  • We believe in a final resurrection of both the saved and lost, one to life eternal and the other to eternal condemnation (John 5:29; Rev 20:6, 13–15).
  • We believe that the local church is currently the center of God’s activity in this world, being composed of believers who have been immersed in water as a testimony of their faith in Jesus Christ, and being organized according to the principles of God’s Word in order to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ (1 Tim 3:15; Acts 2:41; Matt 28:18–20).
  • We believe that believers and churches must separate from those who deny essential doctrines of the faith (Jude 3; 2 John 9–11; Rom 16:17); that believers and churches must separate from those who compromise the faith by granting Christian recognition and fellowship to those who have denied essential doctrines of the faith (Rom 16:17; Phil 3:17–19; cf. 2 Thess 3:6–15); and that believers and churches must strive to reflect God’s holiness and to live differently than those who have not experienced the saving grace of Jesus Christ (1 Pet 1:15–16; Eph 4:17–19).
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