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Practical Work and Church Planting  Indian Theological Seminary emphasizes practical ministerial exposure. Students are pioneers in Gilgal Gospel Mission's church planting centers to reach the unevangelized with the gospel as they visit rural villages on weekends. Students must establish a congregation in their assigned village before graduation and complete a one month practical ministry internship assigned by ITS each summer. Students and faculty participate in annual Gospel Campaigns (camps at rural villages).  A student will not graduate without completing the practical work assignments. Each year, the fruit of their labour is seen at the annual Children's Rally. Children from ministry centers come to the Seminary campus for a day of fellowship, fun and encouragement. 

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For information on Gilgal Gospel Mission's Indian Theological Seminary, write to us at:

The President
GGM’s Indian Theological Seminary
No. 3 College Rd.
Poompzhil Nagar
Avadi, Chennai 62

Scholarships Students seeking scholarships must have financial needs, with a proof of family income certificate. Work-aid scholarships reduce annual fees based on time worked. Merit scholarships require an overall grade average of above 70% and students must successfully complete one academic year. Church Scholarships are for students willing to work for Gilgal Gospel Mission after course completion. If the commitment is not fulfilled, the scholarship must be paid back to the mission. Scholarships are granted for one year and renewed based on student performance.
Extracurricular Activities Sports and athletic games are played on campus and students play intercollegiate sports with other seminaries. Talent Night displays singing, dancing and theatrical talents of students. Students participate in all community programs. Noteworthy occasions celebrated by the community are: President's Reception, GGM Annual Day, Thanksgiving Harvest Festival, Christmas party, Christmas Carols, Annual/Sports day and Mission day.

ITS Alumni The seminary seeks to maintain a relationship with graduates. Alumni meet in November to renew friendships and learn where God's unfolding plan has led former students.
What are ITS Graduates doing? Graduates work as pastors and evangelists in ministries throughout India. Some work in Bible Colleges as lecturers while others are involved in children’s or church planting ministries. Many ITS graduates continue their theological education in higher studies.

Indian Theological Seminary Admissions

The Indian Theological Seminary is a mission-minded institution with a curriculum emphasizing a seminarian's responsibility to Preach Christ and Plant Churches to fulfill the Great Commission as the next generation of pastors, missionaries, scholars, theologians, and writers.

Seminary Objectives

  • Train seminarians as exemplary evangelists, church planters, missionaries, disciples, pastors, leaders and theological educators,
  • Prepare men and women for church ministries and worldwide missions,
  • Impart a thorough knowledge of the Bible,
  • Aid students in spiritual formation, and
  • Offer a practical understanding of evangelistic outreach and church planting.

Academic Information The Indian Theological Seminary is affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College (University) for the Bachelor of Divinity degree and accredited to Asia Theological Association for the Master of Divinity.

Academic Programes

Course                                                               Eligibility                                   Duration                            Affiliating Authority

Bachelor of Divinity (B.D)                               +2 pass                                          5 years                           Senate of Serampore College
                                                                      Any UG degree                                  4 years                                        (University)

Master of Divinity (M.Div)                                B.Th                                           2 years                          Asia Theological Association (ATA)
Certificate of Theology (C.Th)                        SSLC                                            1 year                                 Indian Theological Seminary

Spiritual Life  Students participate in morning and evening family prayer, community fellowship on Sunday evenings, fasting prayer every first Saturday of the month and spiritual life conferences. At the monthly 24 hour chain of prayer, the GGM community prays for the mission's blessings and needs. Friday chapel service is Mission Day and each month a mission leader speaks in Chapel service and the faculty and students pray for the speaker and his/her ministry and ministries worldwide. 

Gilgal Gospel Mission

A Project of Faith & Learning International

209 E. Liberty, Wheaton IL 60187, 630-221-0648

Gilgal Gospel Mission is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.

​Tax ID # 20-0743864

Resources and Facilities The seminary has various facilities for the benefit and use of the entire community. The Library is computerized and equipped with around 10,000 biblical, theological and missiological books from the different branches of study. Similarly, the computer lab aids the community in online research, typing assignments etc.