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Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies

Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS) is a program designed for those seeking to minister especially in Reformed Baptist churches. IRBS offers a challenging curriculum of theological, historical, and pastoral courses that complement the WSC Master of Divinity program to provide a comprehensive preparation for pastoral ministry in Reformed Baptist and other churches.

Because the IRBS program is focused on pastoral preparation and is designed to complement the WSC M.Div. curriculum, students must be accepted into the Seminary’s Master of Divinity program before they can be admitted to IRBS. Students enrolled in IRBS will take most M.Div. courses with all other M.Div. students, but certain classes are offered separately to accommodate theological differences.

IRBS’s History and Doctrinal Standards

In 1997, the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America established the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS) to provide formal training for ministerial students. IRBS offers a challenging curriculum of theological, historical, and pastoral courses that complement the WSC Master of Divinity program to provide a comprehensive preparation for pastoral ministry in Reformed Baptist and other churches.

The faculty of IRBS subscribes to the system of doctrine contained in the Scriptures as summarized in the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. Subordinate to the Word of God, this confessional standard is at the heart of the IRBS curriculum.