A Statement About Collaboration

By Grimké Seminary    |    June 5, 2024

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Since its founding in 2019, Grimké Seminary and its constituent institutions, Grimké College and Grimké Europe (starting Fall 2024), have endeavored to assist the local church in training pastors for gospel ministry (2 Tim. 2:2). As part of the Protestant Reformed evangelical tradition, our school’s emphases have always been the primacy of the gospel (1 Cor. 15:3), the centrality of the church (Eph. 3:7), and the indispensability of qualified pastors to lead the people of God (Acts 20:28).

Officially an independent organization from its inception, Grimké Seminary counts it a privilege to serve churches affiliated with various networks or denominations who are amenable to our school’s mission and theological heritage. This approach has produced gospel unity in the midst of remarkable diversity, with professors and students from over thirty-five states and various ecclesial backgrounds. To date, we have served hundreds of students from churches belonging to the Southern Baptist Convention, the Presbyterian Church in America, the National Baptist Convention, the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), the Christian and Missionary Alliance, the Evangelical Free Church of America, the SEND Network, the Acts 29 Network, various independent churches, and others.

In addition to this, we are grateful for various organizations across the American and broader Christian landscape who offer various resources that help us in our mission to train pastors in local churches. These include organizations such as: The Gospel Coalition, Acts 29, Together for the Gospel, 9Marks, the International Mission Board (SBC), the North American Mission Board (SBC), Christianity Today, Christianity.com, Crosswalk, the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Lifeway, Moody Publishing, Canon Press, Ligonier, Desiring God, Theopolis, and American Reformer, among others. Indeed, many of our professors have served in various roles and/or published books and articles with many of these organizations.

To the extent that these organizations have reflected faithful biblical teaching and helped the church be faithful in its efforts to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), we thank God for their co-laboring in the gospel. With such broad affiliates, this would clearly not entail a full endorsement of every contributor. Broad authorial contributions within these organizations inevitably results in writers not always agreeing with each other. As such, our willingness to collaborate at various levels with a wide range of organizations should not be taken to indicate a full overlap of vision or values. Nor does it mean that we think any organization is above critique or correction (Prov. 27:6). Furthermore, we are confident that those organizations could say the same about us, and we recognize that collaboration with our school impacts them as well.

Much of this would have been somewhat banal in even the recent past. Unfortunately, many now struggle to think critically about these matters. As one article in Christianity Today noted, “Good people [are being] ripped to shreds on social media, their names and reputations dragged through the mud for daring to act agreeably to those with whom they disagreed.” This unfortunately produces much fear and anxiety, limiting good-faith association and affiliation. In contrast to such an approach, Grimké Seminary is committed to resisting unnecessary tribalism for the sake of the truth, the health of the church, and the glory of God. And we will continue to serve alongside any church or organization in service of equipping pastors and leaders for local church ministry.

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