Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century

VST

Vision

The Vancouver School of Theology is called to educate and form thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders.

Our Theological Foundations

  • God calls a people from and for the world to be a blessing for all creation.
  • The God revealed in the history of Israel and in Jesus Christ, calls us to think together with tradition for the sake of the present and the future.
  • We meet God’s image in our neighbour and in all creation.

Mission

An education at VST invites:

  • Faithful discernment of the demands of Christian service.
  • Rigorous engagement with Christian tradition and contemporary learning.
  • Hospitable and respectful collaboration with Indigenous spiritualties and other cultures and faith traditions for the good of all creation.

Values

As a community of faith, we commit to:

  • Theological education (theological, biblical, pastoral, ethical, historical, Indigenous and inter-religious studies) and formation for the flourishing of God’s people.
  • Inspiring lives of discerning Christian discipleship within and outside this community.
  • Respect for the dignity of every person.
  • Learning and scholarship undertaken with diligence and openness.
  • Encouraging prophetic speech and just action for the love and welfare of creation.

Goals

  • Increase our commitment to educating and forming ministry-bound students for transformative leadership, while continuing to support existing research-oriented programmes.
  • Inspire excellence in teaching and learning for God’s people, and share that learning in multiple venues.
  • Cultivate our relationships with denominations that currently support us and continue ecumenical expansion, locally and internationally.
  • Increase our capacity to use information technologies for teaching, and research and programmatic outreach with diverse external publics.
  • Build the VST reputation and nurture a greater community of relationships, e.g., with Indigenous peoples, other religious traditions, UBC, neighbourhood theological colleges.
  • Strengthen our recruitment of ‘first-choice’ applicants from Canada, the Pacific North West and draw students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Create long-term financial strength, stability and confidence in the school with responsible stewardship.
  • Enhance full-time faculty through deliberate recruitment and retention, to complement our current faculty.
  • Sustain and develop a staff, faculty and board who enthusiastically support the vision and mission of the school.