Mission and Strategic Vision

Adopted in 1999 and reaffirmed in 2015, our Mission Statement reflects the Seminary's commitment to education and formation for the whole people of God:

Educating and Forming Lay and Ordained leaders for the church in a changing world.

As we live out this mission, we seek to be and to become a community for whom ongoing and deepening conversion to new life in Christ is a constant goal. Our purpose is to invite and call others to that life of conversion by our own understanding of the Christian faith — biblical, historical and theological — and our ability to reflect on that faith.


The General Theological Seminary accomplishes it's mission and vision by:

Forming a liturgical and spiritual life that is integrated into the whole of our being; 

Developing educational and hermeneutical skills; Developing sensitivity and skills for pastoral ministry in routine and crisis situations; Committing ourselves to social justice; Understanding our involvement in an urban and global world where uncertainty and ambiguity will be the context for our mission.

The viability of our mission depends on:

Financial Sustainability

Missional Sustainability

Cultural Sustainability


Four Strategic Pillars

I. Refine ordination-track programs to respond to the changing needs of the church and the world.

II. Develop vocationally-focused degree and certificate programs useful to the wider church and the world.

III. Seek out and embrace mutually beneficial partnerships and affiliations of all types.

IV. Engage in a capital campaign for the preservation of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd as well as initiatives to endow scholarships, programs and faculty positions.