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CRTS Conference Videos

Videos of all conference lectures are now available.

2013 Convocation Video

A condensed version of the 2013 convocation is available here.

Introduction

There are many Theological Seminaries in North America. What makes the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary (CRTS) unique? Students who enter the Seminary need to exhibit good academic training in the original languages of Scripture. They also need to show commitment to the Word of God and the Three Forms of Unity (the Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dort). Students from the Canadian Reformed Churches and churches with whom the CanRC have ecclesiastical fellowship also need a good attestation from their local church which includes an assessment of suitability for the ministry. Therefore students entering into the Seminary need to have the ability and commitment to work effectively with the Word of God.

CRTS aims for the highest academic standards possible, while also focussing on the practical aspects of training to be a pastor and teacher. Our professors are outstanding: each professor is an experienced pastor and a good teacher. They all have doctoral degrees from fine institutions and are outstanding scholars in their field. It is not surprising that CRTS has made it possible for quite a number of our graduates to continue their studies at the doctoral level. Three of the professors received their Master of Divinity degree at our seminary and then continued in their studies elsewhere. This speaks highly of the excellent training at CRTS.

More important than even the quality of academic and practical training at our Seminary is the humble, grateful recognition that God has given us an authoritative, infallible and reliable Word. In our times, when there are so many assaults against the Scriptures, CRTS strives to train men to work with the infallible, reliant Word of God so that they can continue to bring the rich treasures of God to men and women, boys and girls throughout the world. The gospel “is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” Just like Paul who wrote those words in Romans 1, our world needs those who have the ability and the passion to bring that Word eagerly to others. CRTS prepares students to do just that.

You may have noticed that our Seminary has adopted a new operational name. Our legal name is still “The Theological College of the Canadian Reformed Churches,” but in the day-to-day operation of our institution we now use the name “Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary.” While this name clearly identifies the Seminary as belonging to the Canadian Reformed Churches, it also declares that its doors are open to those who are looking for a Reformed Seminary in Canada.  The term “Seminary” at the same time makes clear that this is an institution in which men are trained especially for the ministry of the gospel.

We hope that this website will help you to get to know us better, while at the same time encourage you to consider whether God is guiding you to become a harvester in the kingdom of God. In Matthew 9, where Jesus Christ bemoaned the fact that the people were like sheep without a shepherd, he said: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” When you add to this Paul’s reflection on preaching in Romans 10, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news,” then you may want to consider carefully and prayerfully whether studies at CRTS can direct you to work in the harvest field of the Lord our God. May God bless you richly.

Rev. Richard Aasman, M. Div.
Chairman of the Board

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