The Grand Rapids Theological Seminary approach to education prepares students for ministry by developing their academic knowledge and ministry skills. As part of this process all GRTS classes fall under one of four main areas: Bible, Theology, Counseling, and Ministry. Each degree program at GRTS is designed to meet specific goals through a carefully constructed range of classes. Integrating these classes into a theology of ministry that builds upon expertise in interpreting Scripture contributes to the goal of authentic ministry that is culturally appropriate.
GRTS is a community that deeply values a commitment to applying academic training to real-world issues. Seminary provides a service for the church by training and equipping those who are called to ministry. Students come to seminary from many different walks of life and at different stages of life. Together students and faculty share an emphasis on growing in knowledge and skill in the classroom and in practical ministry training. The Ministry Residency program at GRTS is one example of this commitment to integrate theological training with ministry experience.