The conviction of City Seminary is that every major metropolitan area in the United States should have a theological center where men can be trained and prepared for the gospel ministry without having to relocate to another area.
Although attendance at denominational seminaries will likely continue to be the norm for most candidates for the ministry, the denominational system is not without problems—primarily of a practical nature. The necessity of uprooting one's family, incurring substantial debt, or being separated from one's home church has proven too great a burden for many who are otherwise qualified.
At City Seminary, we want to make seminary education as accessible as possible for the greatest number of students. We believe that God has called us to minister to the churches in the Sacramento area in this way. Our goal is to provide a classical theological seminary education for ministerial candidates and to offer continuing theological education for those already active in the ministry.
Our goal is to minister to all within the believing Church who seek to improve their theological knowledge and skills, while also offering a distinctive Reformed "track" for those more particularly seeking to serve in Reformed and Presbyterian ecclesiastical bodies.
1. Developing new church leaders
The first of these goals is pursued through the development of a community of pastors and teachers seeking together the meaning of Scripture and its interpretation for human life, and the provision of facilities for theological research.
Instruction will include, but not be limited to, biblical languages, history and exegesis, biblical and systematic theology, church history, missions, sermon preparation and delivery, pastoral ministry and church-planting, as well as other courses of a practical nature to assist and prepare candidates for gospel outreach and ministry.
2. Training those already in church ministry
The second goal is the provision of additional theological training for men already ordained to the Gospel ministry, as well as other church officers and members, utilizing the resources of the institution to serve the continuing needs of the churches in the Sacramento region. Pastoral instruction shall include the fruits of biblical, theological, apologetic, historical, and practical studies.
Those currently serving in the ministry will also benefit, along with new students, from instruction in "practicing the peace of the church," i.e., learning how to deal with conflicts in the local church in a biblical and God-honoring manner.
3. Providing instruction for those in Reformed and Presbyterian churches
For those seeking a distinctively Reformed emphasis, enrollment within the Seminary in Casimir College will provide a thorough education in Reformed confessions and polity