Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Our Mission: Westminster Theological Seminary, through a world-class faculty with a faithfully Reformed and confessional curriculum, trains students to serve in roles of the global church in the 21st century, including pastors and theologians, to the glory of God. 

Our Vision: To serve with excellence in global reformed theological education

Our Motto: The Whole Counsel of God

Westminster pursues this mission and vision in three ways. First, we seek to form men for ordained ministry and men and women for Gospel service. Second, we seek to teach the whole counsel of God in order to shepherd Christ's church. Third, we seek to engage a changing world with God's unchanging Word through Reformed scholarship.

Core Values:

In the pursuit of our mission and vision we hold 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. The Bible-centered curriculum is developed on the basis of our motto, “the whole counsel of God.”
  • Reformed orthodoxy, as informed by the system of doctrine contained in the Westminster Standards, and secondarily in other Reformed confessions, represents faithfully and accurately what Scripture teaches.
  • Biblical exegesis and Biblical theology (in the tradition of Geerhardus Vos) in symphony with systematic theology and presuppositional apologetics (in the tradition of Cornelius Van Til) are among the crucial methods to be used in interpreting and applying the teaching of Scripture and in developing a biblical worldview.
  • 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.”

Westminster Distinctives:

  1. Study of Scriptures in the original languages
  2. Exegetical theology & redemptive historical/conventional hermeneutics
  3. Systematic theology grounded in Biblical theology
  4. Presuppositional Apologetics
  5. Reformed Confessionalism
  6. Christ-centered preaching
  7. Biblical Counseling
  8. Spiritual formation for ministry in the Church
  9. Contextual missiology & urban ministry
  10. Presbyterian polity

Approved by the Faculty and the Board of Trustees, 2013