Mission Statement & Covenant
The purpose of the seminary is to provide advanced theological education and training for effective leadership in the various ministries of the church for those men and women who are called and committed to Christian ministry.
As a community of learners committed to God as revealed in Jesus Christ, the seminary is dedicated to the following principles:
1. The seminary seeks to maintain excellence in scholarship and to provide for and encourage the spiritual growth of its faculty, staff, students, and constituents;
2. The seminary stresses classical theological disciplines and pursues new avenues of education, encouraging practical application and hands-on practice in ministry;
3. The seminary is distinctively Baptist in terms of heritage with an ecumenical commitment, a global perspective, and participation in the world-wide Christian mission;
4. The seminary is committed to gender and racial inclusion, and, in the development of faculty and staff, pledges to seek to achieve balance in gender and race.
Revision adopted unanimously October 2000
BTSR Board of Trustees
The seminary’s trustees, faculty, staff and students are joined in covenant to seven convictions:
1. The freedom of the individual, led by God’s Spirit within the family of faith, to read and interpret the Scriptures, relying on the historical understanding of the church and on the best methods of modern biblical study;
2. The freedom of the local church, under the authority of Jesus Christ, to shape its own life and mission, call its own leadership, and ordain whom it perceives as gifted for ministry, male or female;
3. The larger body of Jesus Christ, expressed in various Christian traditions, and to a cooperation with believers everywhere in giving full expression to the gospel;
4. The servant role of leadership within the church, following the model of our Servant Lord, and to full partnership of all of God’s people in mission and ministry;
5. Theological education in congregations, colleges, and seminaries characterized by reverence for biblical authority and respect for open inquiry and responsible scholarship;
6. The proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ and the calling of God to all peoples to repentance and faith, reconciliation and hope, social and economic justice;
7. The principle of a free church in a free state and to the opposition to any effort either by church or state to use the other for its own purposes.