Why Choose Capital?

Dr. Gary Bredfelt, Dean of Capital Seminary and Graduate School, explains what a 21st century seminary looks like.


Distinctive Characteristics

The following ten distinctive characteristics are core values that shape the experience of our faculty and students, drive the future development of Capital Seminary and Graduate School, and set us apart from many other institutions.

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Adult Learning Theory

Capital Seminary and Graduate School will embrace a theory of adult learning that emphasizes that adults are capable of self-directed learning and can be expected to take responsibility for their learning. Therefore, Capital Seminary and Graduate School makes the following assumptions about the design of learning: (1) Adults need to know why they need to learn something, (2) Adults need to learn experientially, (3) Adults approach learning as problem-solving, and (4) Adults learn best when the topic is of immediate value. In practical terms, classroom strategies that promote active engagement in learning will be encouraged. Lecture hall style classrooms will give way to more conference style classrooms.

Evangelical Theology and Diversity

Capital Seminary and Graduate School faculty will be expected to have an unqualified commitment to an historic, orthodox position on the crucial and essential doctrines that demarcate the Christian faith. Capital Seminary and Graduate School faculty members will represent a diversity of conservative evangelical perspectives. All faculty members will be asked to teach in a manner consistent with the Statement of Faith of LBC/CSGS, while allowing open, balanced and respectful interaction on those theological issues in which equally committed conservative evangelical scholars may have differing theological interpretations.

Integration of Faith and Learning

Capital Seminary and Graduate School recognizes that students must learn to create an integrated whole of their knowledge that is marked by consistency and coherence. This is accomplished through the establishment of a biblical worldview and by gaining the ability to engage in the process of critical and integrative thinking. Programs will develop skills required to think biblically about all learning content. Skills in critical thinking and theological analysis will be promoted through the curriculum. Capital Seminary and Graduate School supports the goals of “conceptual integration” in which one’s theological beliefs are blended and unified with propositions judged to be justifiably believed as true from other sources into a coherent worldview.

Competency-based Curriculum Design

The Capital Seminary and Graduate School curriculum will develop the competencies required for effective ministry. Course offerings will grow out of the competency needs of Christian leaders working in the church of the 21st century. By “competency-based” we mean that the CSGS curriculum will equip students with skill-sets that ministry practitioners can practically employ.  The focus of the curriculum will be on ministry effectiveness and ministry skill-sets.

Leadership Development Focus

Capital Seminary and Graduate School is an educational entity of Lancaster Bible College. As such, it is committed to the development of servant leaders. Because of this institutional core value, Capital Seminary and Graduate School will be known for its commitment to leadership development.  Capital Seminary and Graduate School will develop the competencies needed to lead well in the church and society.

Accelerated Learning Delivery Models

Capital Seminary and Graduate School will offer its programs in an accelerated format. This means that face-to-face time will be reduced, the length of semesters will be shortened, and multiple entry points will be developed.  This includes both online and face-to-face teaching in each course.

Blended, Online, and Modular Learning Approaches

The primary delivery system for Capital Seminary and Graduate School will be blended or hybrid in design. Through the blended delivery system, courses require just two to three days of classroom time. This “blended learning" approach of-fers the best of both the traditional classroom and the online classroom as it combines elements of face-to-face and online learning. Students benefit from this convenient delivery system while Capital Seminary and Graduate School maintains the highest standards of academic quality. Students participate in online discussions in classroom and online sessions led by nationally renowned and published faculty members.

Cohort Learning Models

Masters programs will be re-designed to be cohort-based programs.  All students will enter the program with a group of no more than 18 students. This cohort will follow a prescribed sequence of courses together. Because cohort learning involves a group of students who start and finish their degree together, students experience a number of educational advantages. Genuine, rich, and deep relationships will be developed through the cohort-based program as students support and serve each other in the quest for knowledge.

Vertical Campus Model

Capital Seminary and Graduate School will operate using a “vertical campus model.” The vertical model provides the full-range of academic services for the adult learner within a single building. That includes student services, classrooms, study areas, library, meeting rooms, student lounges and conference rooms. Capital Seminary and Graduate School will embrace a concierge model of student services in which an individual student concierge (Assistant Director, Student Services) is assigned to each student. This high-service model increases the access of all students to the essential support services in a user-friendly manner.

Technological Advancement

Capital Seminary and Graduate School will intentionally embrace technologically advanced delivery options. These include the development of online courses, the use of online delivery platforms, the development of MOOCs, and the use of non-traditional digital learning approaches.