London Seminary was established in 1977 by Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones to train those who are called to be pastors and preachers.
His vision was not for an academic institution focussed on degrees and qualifications, but rather on preparation for ministry that is not only intellectually rigorous, but emphasises godliness and spiritual vitality. These priorities still guide our work today.
The Seminary is a ministry of the churches, for the churches. The work is overseen by a Board of Governors, most of whom are serving as pastors and preachers. Most of the lecturers on our pastoral training course are, or have been, church pastors. The work of the Seminary is supported by gifts from churches and individuals.
The teaching of the Seminary is Historic Biblical Christianity, as we draw on the legacy of the Spirit's work in the church through the centuries, not least the Reformation and Puritan eras. In preparing students for preaching ministry, there is a strong emphasis on the Bible, and about half of the Seminary course is Biblical Studies. Our goal is to help students to think Biblically, so that they are equipped to face the challenges of ministry. The curriculum is developed by the Principal and Vice-Principal, in consultation with leaders from evangelical church constituencies.
While the Seminary pastoral training course provides a good foundation for pastoral ministry, our Pastors' Academy is committed to training and pastoral care for pastors over the whole lifetime of ministry.
We also run courses for church planters and women's workers.