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.