Westminster's mission is to form Christian leaders to proclaim the whole counsel of God throughout a changing world.
We shall act to achieve this ultimate goal according to the following core values:
The triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is worthy of the worship of "all people in all places of His dominion" and this fact must be the fundamental motive for every human activity.
Scripture, as "the very Word of God written," is absolutely authoritative and without error.
Reformed orthodoxy, as informed by the system of doctrine contained in the Westminster Standards, represents faithfully and accurately what Scripture teaches.
Biblical theology (in the tradition of Geerhardus Vos) and presuppositional apologetics (in the tradition of Cornelius Van Til) are among the crucial methods to be used in interpreting and applying the teachings of Scripture and in developing a biblical world view.
A learned ministry set in the lifestyle of humble and "holy affection" for Jesus Christ is essential in today's church and world and must be modeled by the board, administration, faculty, and students.
A fundamental mandate of the church, discipling the nations for the glory of Christ, requires culturally sensitive, theologically competent ministers who have both the ability and the passion to apply "the eternal word" of Scripture to "the changing world" in which God has placed us.
Because "there is one body and one Spirit," all who would "build up the whole body of Christ" must "make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
In light of the above ultimate goal and according to the above core values, it is the specific mission of the seminary to support the church in its mandate to "equip the saints for ministry" by:
- 1. Forming men for the ordained Gospel ministry as pastors, teachers, evangelists, missionaries, and other tasks specified by the church.
2. Training men and women to serve Christ in Kingdom ministries other than those which require ordination.
3. Serving as a center for Christian research and scholarship and communicating the fruits of our labors to the Church and the world.
We shall seek to accomplish the above mission according to the above core values for the sake of the above ultimate goal as one institution with a unified Faculty and a unified Board of Trustees offering graduate-level theological education in various locations (including Philadelphia, Dallas, New York City, London, and Seoul) and via technological delivery systems. Furthermore, we shall regularly and thoroughly review both the above mission statement and the degree to which we are:
- 1. Accomplishing our mission, and
2. Doing so in a manner that embodies our core values
Approved by the Faculty and the Board of Trustees, December 1999