We exist for the purpose of providing the most extensive biblical training for pastors, most extensive biblical training for pastors, church leaders and members. Pearl Seminary emphasizes spiritual formation, mastery of Biblical content and interpretation skills, cultivation of Biblical world-view, and ministry skills development, the latter through field education and internship experiences.
Our convenient course scheduling allows students to train in the midst of family, career and ministry commitments without the need to relocate. Some study online, while others train at the location in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. So that our students can access a massive theological library wherever they are in the world, every student earning a degree receives PC Bible Software. Meanwhile, we offer merit-based and need-based financial aid to make seminary training more affordable. We’re always looking for new ways to train people who aren’t waiting for graduation day to get involved in the ministry.
Our Mission statement, which shares our commitment to “learn the way of Jesus in order to cultivate vital communities, vital conversations and the public good,” better express the core of the Pearl education.
Learning the way of Jesus. Jesus taught a way of walking, a way to live characterized by a radical love of God and neighbor. How do we practice that way, and teach and lead others to do the same?
Vital communities. In the coming years, many congregations will die; many congregations and communities will be born. How does practicing the way of Jesus foster vital communities.
Vital conversations. Conversation is the life-blood of any community. How does practicing the way of Jesus contribute to vital conversation?
The public good. Christian communities do not exist for themselves but for the sake of God’s mission in the world. How can Christian connect the way of Jesus with cultivating good in the civic community?
These are the kinds of question that engage Pearl of the Orient Theological School and Colleges and that will enable you to change the way you engage the world.
Students and graduates from across the Philippines and some part of the world often describe how deeply they value the community and the life-long friendship initiated here. This perception of community and friendship may come as surprise when you also catch that Pearl is a commuter school that owns no residential housing for students. But some students have transferred to Pearl from other seminaries with housing because they found a richer community of life here! And, students who take courses online report how much the friendship and community enhance by attending week-long concentrated courses on campus.
All graduate theological education is challenging, no doubt. There are seemingly endless pages to read and scores of pages to write. But see what Pearl graduate student at a Cavite area school, wrote of the support for meeting challenges at Pearl”
“Community at Pearl plays a huge part in understanding. We sit with and listen to one another, challenge, accept, push, and transform each other. I learned, both in the classroom and beyond that to be a person of faith is to be a person open to embracing relationship with others, by those who both relationship with others, by those who both challenge and accept us. Faith doesn’t happen alone. We experience God with one another, I was changed, and truly became a person of faith in y time at Pearl.”
At Pearl, you will be challenged by the work, the reading and writing, the depth of reflection. You will also experience a community in which the challenges can be successfully met.