Westminster Theological Seminary exists to train specialists in the Bible to proclaim the whole counsel of God for Christ and his global church. Committed to extending the knowledge of the glory of God in Christ until that knowledge covers the earth as the waters cover the sea (see Habakkuk 2:14), and with a vision to serve with excellence in global Reformed theological education, we offer graduate-level theological education at our Philadelphia campus and through a program of study in London.
Specifically, Westminster pursues this mission and vision in three ways. First, we seek to prepare men for ordained ministry and both 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.
Westminster's 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, faithfully and accurately represents what Scripture teaches.
- Biblical exegesis and biblical theology (in the tradition of Geerhardus Vos) in harmony 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 is committed to Scripture and the systematic exposition of biblical truth known as the Reformed faith. In addition to the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, the Seminary treasures the rich and harmonious diversity of creeds and confessions within the historic Reformed tradition. In particular, it recognizes that the system of doctrine contained in Scripture is also confessed in the Three Forms of Unity (the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort). Westminster desires to be used in the training of ministers of the gospel and others for service in churches committed to the Three Forms of Unity as subordinate standards.
Westminster's Distinctive Curriculum
Based on our core values, the curriculum of the seminary includes Westminster’s distinctives:
- Study of Scripture in the original languages
- Exegetical theology and covenantal hermeneutics
- Systematic theology grounded in biblical theology
- Presuppositional apologetics
- Reformed confessionalism
- Christ-centered preaching
- Biblical counseling
- Spiritual formation for ministry in the church
- Contextual missiology
- Presbyterian polity