Identity and Mission
Ministry of SRS as Church planting focused
The keys of the kingdom were given to the Apostles in Matthew 16:18, and in-turn, elders of the church are to exercise them, as we see in I Corinthians 5:1-5, I Timothy 6:6 KJV, II Timothy 3:5, Titus 3:10, 11. Therefore, we believe that the planting of local churches should be the first priority of any Gospel mission. It is only in the context of Church discipline that effective preaching, and growth in Christ can take place. We continually remind our students that their first responsibility is to raise up elders for their church to lead the church, Titus 1:5, and godly men to lead their families, I Corinthians 14:34, 35.
Ministry of SRS under the authority of the Church
In light of our vision statement, the ministry of SRS:
- works through effective partnership with local churches in order to accomplish our mission
- believes that the ordination of the founder of the Biblical Theological Seminary, Blake Purcell, should be held by a church—Blake is an evangelist of the Pacific Northwest Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America
- ensures that all of our visiting and regular professors are church officers or ministers in their home churches
Ministry of SRS effectively completed only by the established Church
We also believe that while SRS provides pastors with a 3 year intensive life-on-life mentoring experience, all the graduates need long-term mentoring by men who are in the ministry. We also believe that the Eurasian pastors, by God's design, are in need of outside financial help in order to be able to be available as missionaries to their communities and regions in Siberia, European Russia, the Russian Far East, Central Asia, Latvia, and Kazakhstan. The SRS staff by themselves, and SRS by itself cannot provide this financial support nor long-term mentoring, so we recruit elders of North American churches to do this.
Click here to view the list of churches and see if you may be able to adopt a Eurasian church to the glory of God.