Pastoral Training Reinvented

A New Paradigm for Seminary M.Div. Training: Pastoral Training from Pastoral Mentors

In the traditional seminary model, students are often disconnected from the local church, gain very little practical ministry experience, and graduate with sizeable debt. At Faith Bible Seminary (FBS) we’ve turned that model on its head by partnering with strong local churches. Here’s how it works:

  1. Embedded in the Church: The M.Div. student is hired by a local church for a three-year paid ministry internship. The student commutes to FBS in Lafayette, Indiana, or participates via video technology one day per week and occasional modular classes.
  2. Engaged with the Church and Community: Students graduate with hands-on local church ministry experience—taking what is learned in the classroom to the church and the community.
  3. Debt-Free Education: Through our unique partnership with local churches and through the church internship process, students graduate debt free.
  4. Local Church Benefit: Local churches benefit by receiving ministry assistance from a well-equipped seminary student and by being actively involved in equipping students for ministry.
  5. An International and Multiethnic Focus: FBS is especially interested in recruiting and equipping international students for ministry and in enrolling and equipping minority candidates for M.Div. training.

The Next Steps

FBS’s next M.Div. cohort begins in August 2019 (applications can be received starting now). For more information:

  • Overview: Find a more detailed overview of the FBS M.Div. here
  • Connect: Call or text an enrollment specialist at: 765-589-1026. Or email our Dean of Enrollment Management:
  • Alumni: Hear what alumni are saying

  • Testimonials: Hear additional testimonials
  • Our Vision: Hear Faith Church’s Senior Pastor, Dr. Steve Viars, discuss the history and future of FBS

Bob Kellemen
Bob Kellemen, Th.M., Ph.D.: Dr. Kellemen is VP of Strategic Development and Academic Dean at Faith Bible Seminary in Lafayette, Indiana. Bob is also the Founder and CEO of RPM Ministries through which he speaks, writes, and consults on biblical counseling and Christian living. Dr. Kellemen served as the founding Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. For seventeen years, Bob was the founding Chairman of and Professor in the MA in Christian Counseling and Discipleship department at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD. Bob has pastored four churches and equipped biblical counselors in each church. Bob and his wife, Shirley, have been married for thirty-eight years; they have two adult children, Josh and Marie, one daughter-in-law, Andi, and three granddaughters. Dr. Kellemen is the author of eighteen books including Equipping Counselors for Your Church, Gospel-Centered Counseling, and Gospel Conversations.