NCBTS VISION STATEMENT:To be a Christ-centered, distinctively-Baptist, theological training institution recognized for its excellence in equipping persons called by God to Christian ministry.
NCBTS MISSION STATEMENT:To provide quality biblical, theological and pastoral training for the Caribbean pastors and local church leaders that is affordable, accessible, and applicable in the Caribbean setting.
NCBTS CORE VALUES:
Christ-CenteredWe affirm the ancient proclamation, "Jesus is Lord." He is the hope of the world and the head of His church. We expect students, faculty, and staff to exemplify the highest standards of Christian behavior. We believe the basis of leadership and the foundation of Christian Ministry is Godly character. We are consecrated to a life of spiritual growth and moral integrity. Christian values such as love, kindness, obedience, faithfulness, perseverance, service, and humility are shared and modeled by faculty, staff, and students.
Biblically BasedWe are dedicated to a biblically based education that enables students to integrate faith and practice. We treasure the Bible as both inerrant and infallible and are devoted to correctly handling the Word of truth. The Bible is the primary textbook in every class. We unashamedly build our theology from it, gauge our practice on it, and measure our faithfulness by it.
Distinctively BaptistWho we are as Baptists and as local Baptist congregations is largely determined by what we believe. We are baptized believers gathered in local, autonomous congregations living out distinctive foundational beliefs according to God’s Word. As congregations in the Cayman Islands, our statements of beliefs correspond closely with the Baptist Faith and Message. These beliefs may be summarized in seven statements or confessions:
• We believe the Bible is the Word of God, “a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error, for its matter.” The Bible is our absolute authority—our sole authority—for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 17:17; Hebrews 4:12). We believe Jesus is the living Word of God (John 1:14).
• We believe in the one true and living God Who is “an intelligent, spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe …The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being” (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:14; 1 Kings 8:23; John 20:17; John 1:1; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3; Romans 8:9-11). We believe Jesus is God incarnate (John 1:14).
• We believe that man, created by God in His image as a unique creation without sin, “was endowed by his creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race … whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin, and as soon as they are capable of moral action become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man, therefore every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love” (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; Psalm 8:3-6; Romans 3:10-23). We believe Jesus loves every person (John 3:16).
• We believe that salvation is by grace and “is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, Who by His own blood (through the Cross) obtained eternal redemption for the believer.” Salvation or the new birth “is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.” Justification by grace through faith is at the heart of the Gospel. We believe the saving work of God is inclusive of regeneration, sanctification, and glorification. Furthermore, we believe salvation is eternal. We hold to the eternal security of the believer, believing that once a person is saved, that person will always be saved (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Peter 1:23). We believe Jesus alone saves (Hebrews 7:25).
• We believe that sanctification is “the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled (by grace) to progress toward moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him.” Spiritual growth in Christ-likeness is the understood course for every believer who engages in a life-long discipleship under the Lordship of Christ (Luke 9:23; Romans 8:9-11; 15:16; Ephesians 4:15; Galatians 4:19; Philippians 1:6; 2 Peter 3:18). We believe Jesus is our righteousness and sanctification (1 Corinthians 1:30), the indwelling Christ Who is our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
• We believe the church is “a local body of believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing two ordinances (Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper) of Christ, committed to His teachings, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth.” We believe the New Testament church has two officers: pastors (overseers) and deacons (Matthew 15:16-19; Matthew 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3). We believe Jesus is the Head of His Body—the Church (Colossians 1:18).
• We believe “Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.” We believe Jesus is coming again to reign forever on a New Earth. (Matt. 16:27; 19:28; 24:27-44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40, 48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; Rom. 14:10; 1 Cor. 15:24-28, 35-58; 2 Cor. 5:10; Phil. 3:20-21; Col. 1:5; 1 Thess. 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thess. 1:7ff.; 1 Tim. 6:14; 2 Tim. 4:1, 8; Titus 2:13; Heb. 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Rev. 3:11; 11:15; 19:16; 20:1 – 22:13).
Uniquely CaribbeanWhile the Word of God remains the same, the context in which we teach it is unique. We exist to serve the 8.5 million English speaking people in the Caribbean. Currently, no other Baptist seminary exists in this region. NCBTS exists to meet the growing needs of churches and the changing needs of leaders who serve them.
Church CenteredNCBTS exists for the church. Our goal is to assist the church by training pastors and leaders who will accurately and faithfully handle the Word of God as they lead the people of God in the Mission of God. We value the church as God's primary strategy for reaching the world with the Gospel. Our goal is to help churches become all that God intends them to be. We expect students, faculty, and staff to be active participants in the life of the local church.
Globally FocusedNCBTS serves the Caribbean, but desires to impact the world. We exist to train spiritual leaders who will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and disciple believers in God’s Word around the world. We affirm that Evangelism, discipleship, and missions are the mandate of our Lord to His people and are the heartbeat of NCBTS.
Lifelong LearningWe believe that a call to ministry is a call to learn. Thus, ministerial training is a lifelong process. We desire to train students and equip pastors and church leaders for the roles to which God has called them. For many this will mean pursuing their degree. For others, it will mean ongoing theological training and networking with other leaders.