Carolina Graduate School of
Divinity is positioned to provide graduate theological
education for men and women from multi-denominational
backgrounds. The mission of Carolina Graduate School
of Divinity is to cooperate with the Holy Spirit as he
forms students spiritually, intellectually, and
vocationally to shepherd God’s people with integrity
of heart and lead them with skillful hands (Psalm
In pursuit of its mission,
Carolina Graduate School of Divinity is committed to
the following purposes:
- Exploring life in the
- Equipping students with
the tools they need to interact with biblical and
- Enhancing the ministry
skills of those God has called to shepherd his
people in the twenty-first century.
Educational programs at Carolina
Graduate School of Divinity are designed to assist the
student develop four ministry-related competencies:
- Spiritual Competence will enable the student to
demonstrate growth in the life of the Spirit.
- Biblical Competence will enable the student to summarize
the development and content of the two testaments
and to interpret their texts using the
methodological approaches available to expositors
- Theological Competence will enable the student to outline
the theological teachings of the Scriptures and to
identify key persons and periods in the development
of Christian theology.
- Vocational Competence will enable the student to select a
ministry discipline, learn its theories, and develop
the skills required by the discipline.
The core values of Carolina
Graduate School of Divinity are:
- Christ as Teacher – We
believe that the teacher who has come from God
continues in that role today as he reveals the
Father and opens the Scriptures to us through the
- Scripture as Trustworthy –
We have the Scriptures at the center of our
curriculum because they are a totally trustworthy
revelation of God’s will and redemptive activity.
- Discipleship as
Transformation – We understand discipleship
as transformation into the image of Christ which
enables us to love him with the totality of our
being and to obey his commands.
- Scholarship as Rigorous –
We hold that preparation for ministry should be
rigorous in the development of the required
theological and professional competencies.
- Ministry as Servanthood –
We choose the model for ministry given by Jesus who
came to serve, not be served.
- Evangelicalism as
Multi-denominational – We cherish the
multi-denominational nature of evangelicalism and
respect theological differences among
- Mission as Global – We
anticipate the day when the entire earth will be
filled with the glory of God and commit ourselves to
participating in the global mission given by the
Divinity School administration and
faculty affirm those core beliefs held by Christians
throughout the church’s history:
- God – We believe there
is one true and living God (Isa. 45:5) who created
(John 1:1-3) and preserves all things (Col.
1:15-17). He is one in essence (John 10:30) but
exists eternally as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (2
Cor. 13:14). As the source of all truth (John 14:6,
17), God has revealed himself through his creation
(Ps. 19:1), the Scriptures (Luke 24:17), the person
and work of Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:1-3), and the
continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the heart of
the Christian (John 16:13-15).
- Jesus Christ – We
believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son (2 Pet.
1:17), conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:18),
born of the virgin Mary (Lk. 1:26-38), crucified at
the hand of Pilate as the only atonement for the sin
of the world (1 John 2:2), raised from the dead by
God the Father (Acts 2:24), and now seated at his
right hand in heaven (Eph. 1:20) where he serves as
our High Priest (Heb. 4:14-16) while awaiting his
return to earth to judge the righteous and
unrighteous (Acts 17:31).
- Holy Spirit – We
believe the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father (John
14:25) to glorify the Son (John 16:14), convict the
world of its sin (John 16:8), regenerate those who
believe (Titus 3:5), indwell the Christian (Rom.
8:9-11), guide into all truth (John 16:13), and
equip the saints for the work of ministry (Eph.
- Scriptures – We believe
that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, inspired
by the Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16-17), are a totally
trustworthy record of divine revelation (2 Pet.
1:21) and, therefore, the final authority in all
matters of faith and practice.
- Sin – We believe sin
entered the human race through our original parents
(Rom. 5:12) who were created in the image of God
(Gen. 1:26), enjoyed an intimate relationship with
him but chose to reject his will (Gen. 2:15-17;
3:1-7), leaving descendants of Adam estranged from
God (Eph. 2:1), and enslaved to the power of sin
through their own disobedience (John 8:34).
- Salvation – We believe
God reaches out in grace (Titus 2:11) and justifies
those who respond in faith to his offer of salvation
in Christ (Rom. 4:23-25).
- Mission – We believe
the mission given to the church is to penetrate the
many cultures and people groups of the world with
the gospel, to make disciples (Matt. 28:19), and to
plant local churches which will themselves be
faithful to the mission.
Accredited by the Commission on
Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
in the United States and Canada, and the following
degree programs are approved: Master of Divinity, MA
in Ministry, MA (Biblical Studies), and Doctor of
The Commission contact information
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of
Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Carolinas Theological Library
Carolina Graduate School of Divinity joined the
Carolinas Theological Library Consortium in 1998.
Member institutions include such schools as
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), Hood
Theological Seminary (Salisbury), and Reformed
Theological Seminary (Charlotte). Students at CGSD
have full access to and borrowing privileges at the
libraries comprising the consortium.
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that are concerned with the importance of student
mobility, enhancing success in transfer of credit, and
affirming the responsibility and prerogative of
individual institutions with respect to acceptance of
transfer credits. HETA is a web-based directory of
colleges and universities that is open to all
institutions that are accredited by an organization
recognized by the Council for Higher Education
Accreditation (CHEA) or the United States Department
of Education (USDE).