The overarching purpose of Western Seminary is shaped by its Christian commitment:
All aspects of the seminary’s operations therefore consciously aim at enhancing the reputation
of the Triune God. Furthermore, these efforts must be consciously guided by God’s inerrant
word and empowered by His Holy Spirit to fulfill this high and holy calling.
Flowing from this purpose is a more specific statement of mission:
Western Seminary serves as a catalyst and resource for spiritual transformation by
providing, with and for the church, advanced training for strategic ministry roles.
To be most effective, Christian organizations must discern the distinctive contribution
that God would have them make to His kingdom program. To try to do everything is both
foolish and arrogant. Western, therefore, focuses its ministry upon providing advanced
training programs for individuals who aspire to, or who currently serve in, strategic
ministry roles so they can become agents of spiritual transformation in the lives of
others. Recognizing the critical role that leaders play with respect to how effectively
the Church fulfills its God-given mission, Western gives special emphasis to training
pastors and related ministry leaders (whether vocational, bi-vocational or avocational).
While this ministry seeks to serve the Church, it is also done in active partnership
with the Church because local congregations occupy a unique place of priority in the
outworking of God’s redemptive plan. Furthermore, biblical synergy results when
the distinctive resources of the seminary and church unite in this equipping task.
Western also partners with selected parachurch ministries (particularly those organizations
that value the local church and honor it in their ministry philosophy and practice)
in the equipping of their staff.
Western’s vision is to provide education that is thoroughly biblical in its
conviction, faithfully conservative in its theology, passionately spiritual at its
core, intensely missional in its focus, creatively flexible in its delivery, and
warmly relational in its dynamic. In so doing, Western seeks to be both a proactive
influence and an ongoing source of support for the body of Christ as it matures spiritually
and increases in fruitfulness. To that end, special emphasis is given to grounding
students in the classical
dynamics of spiritual renewal through Gospel-centered transformation
for both individuals and groups.