Here are some important details that may help you decide to come study with us in the beautiful Colorado Springs, CO for pastoral training and theological education:
What is your mission?
The New Covenant School of Theology (NCST) exists to exalt the Lord Jesus by teaching Christians how to think and live in the New Covenant. Specifically, we do this by:
- Teaching Christians how to interpret the Bible with a Christ-centered hermeneutic (Luke 24:44f)
- Preparing pastors for ministry through vigorous biblical study and leadership training in an apprenticeship model
- Training and equipping church leaders—including elders and ministry leaders (ex. women’s ministry, evangelism/missions ministry)—for service in the local church
- Providing biblical instruction for all Christians at a deeper level than the typical Sunday school
What do you believe?
We were going to create a statement of faith, but after reading the Confessional Statement of The Gospel Coalition we realized they had already done the hard work. We heartily support their statement.
What style of training do you offer?
We use an apprenticeship model for pastoral training. We believe that the training of church leaders is more effective when students are heavily involved in the ministry of the local church during the formal educating process. Furthermore, we believe that the local church is the ideal place for ministers to be equipped. This is not to degrade campus-oriented colleges, universities, seminaries, and the like, but we are persuaded that they are no substitute for well-done training in the midst of everyday church life. Therefore, students of NCST study in the context of real church ministry, which we consider to be a significant advantage over the typical educational setting. Many prominent pastors/theologians agree with us!
What degrees do you confer?
We confer the traditional Master of Divinity (M.Div) and a Certificate of Biblical Studies.
Is NCST accredited?
NCST is not accredited, nor do we ever intend to be. We understand the value of peer appraisal and the potential dangers of “unknown” educational institutions. However, the technological age in which we live allows a prospective student to get an accurate and detailed picture of our ministry before deciding to enroll. The content of our teaching, beliefs, and philosophy is fully disclosed on our website. (Besides, who accredits the accreditation agencies?)
Attending a non-accredited school does not automatically preclude a student from being accepted by accredited institutions later. We know of several M.Div graduates from non- accredited seminaries who have been received into the doctoral programs of larger, renowned,accredited schools. And there are many examples of students from non-accredited schools receiving calls to ministry. Certainly, we cannot guarantee such reception, but we believe that generic accreditation should not be the ultimate determining factor in choosing a place to prepare for ministry.
Ultimately, of course, the best accreditation of any school is the quality of its graduates. We hope that by the grace of our merciful and powerful King, NCST will gain and maintain a robust reputation for equipping servants of diligent, effective, passion for Jesus Christ.
How are your classes structured?
We use block classes, one at a time. The standard educational method consists of taking several simultaneous classes for a period of 13 weeks (more or less). While there may be good reasons for this approach, at NCST we come at it differently. Our classes are given one at a time over a period of four weeks. We meet weekly on Monday and Tuesday nights, 3 hours each night. This allows for several things:
- A course can be completed in one month.
- All of the studentʼs time for reading, writing, etc., is devoted to one subject, rather than distributed across multiple subjects.
- Students have five consecutive days to devote to their study.
- Students are free to engage in church activities during other nights of the week.
- Part-time (or full-time) jobs may be easier to maintain with this schedule.
We believe this to be an effective way to learn.
What is New Covenant Theology?
NCST adheres to what has come to be called New Covenant Theology (NCT). Put very simply, NCT affirms that the universe exists to glorify God through Jesus Christ. We believe the entire Scripture must be interpreted as the story of Jesus Christ rather than as the story of the kingdom of Israel or the story of Godʼs covenant of grace. While we love and appreciate our brothers who dwell in the camps of Reformed/Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism, we believe their hermeneutic is slightly off center.
NCT believes that when the Holy Spirit called the New Covenant new, He meant it. The Old Covenant with all of its wonderful shadows—temple, priesthood, sacrifices, kings, prophets, and nation—have been utterly fulfilled by the Light of the world Jesus Christ and His people, the Church. The Law of Moses has also been fulfilled. This does not place the New Covenant believer in a lawless state, free to sin. No, we are under the Law of Christ (1 Cor. 9:20-21) and strive to obey the commands of King Jesus by the power of His Spirit.
Specifically, we affirm the doctrines of grace, justification by faith alone, the necessity of good works as proof of regeneration, the sufficiency of Christ, His Word, and His Spirit, the now/not yet view of Christ’s kingdom, the Church as the exclusive people of God, and the fulfillment of the entire OT in Christ. We deny infant baptism, the Law of Moses as binding on Christians, and the 7-year Jewish-centric rapture/tribulation followed by a Jewish-centric millennial kingdom.
NOTE: Students are not required to affirm the tenets of NCT for admittance or graduation, but they will be expected to understand them for graduation.
Who are your teachers?
The professors of NCST are Christians who have been examined and found to possess a sound biblical competence in terms of factual knowledge and theological understanding. However, intellectual capacity alone does not satisfy our requirements. We also look for evidence that the grace of the gospel has done its good work. If our graduates exhibit academic prowess devoid of love and grace, we have failed to achieve our goal. And since we cannot give what we do not have, we must employ teachers who know Him intimately and who walk in His Spirit consistently.
Two men currently do the lion’s share of our teaching:
Dwight Brown. Dwight grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and graduated from Virginia Tech University in 1964 with a BS degree in Public Administration. He served in the USAF for five years following graduation and then attended Dallas Theological Seminary, graduating with honors in 1973 with a Masters of Theology in Systematic Theology. He has served in pastoral ministry in four different churches between 1973 and 2005. He also served as a reserve Chaplain in the USAF from 1973 to 1990. Dwight retired from full-time pastoral ministry, but continues to serve as an elder teaching Bible, theology, and practical ministry classes in both the church and at NCST. Dwight has been married to his wife, Anne, since 1965 and has three sons, three daughters-in-law, and eight (and counting) grandchildren.
Doug Goodin. Doug is the senior pastor of Front Range Alliance Church (FRAC) in Colorado Springs, CO and president of NCST. He grew up in a suburb of St. Louis, MO. After gaining an undergraduate degree in music, and planning for a career as a songwriter/guitar player, he received a clear and unmistakable “inner call” to pastoral ministry. While studying at Covenant Seminary, he was called to serve as Associate Pastor of FRAC in January, 1999. He completed his M.Div. at New Geneva Seminary (Colorado Springs), and in January of 2006 became the senior pastor. Douglas and his wife Krista have been married since August 15, 1992 and the Lord has blessed them with three children, Sophia, Abigail, and Gabriel.
As you can see, we have a lot of real pastoral experience to bring to the classroom.
Do you offer long-distance learning?
Not at this time. We may offer online classes down the road, but our focus right now is on training leaders through a local apprenticeship model.
How much is tuition?
Our cost per class is intentionally low: $200 (credit) | Free (audit).
Have more questions? Please contact us