In May 2012, the board of trustees adopted new mission and identity statements. The previous mission statement contained phrases many seminaries claim, such as “preparing women and men for various ministries.” Our new identity statement, which shares our commitment to "learning the way of Jesus in order to cultivate vital communities, vital conversations and the public good," better expresses the core of a Phillips education.
- Learning the way of Jesus. Jesus taught a way of walking, a way to live characterized by a radical love of God and neighbor. How do we practice that way, and teach and lead others to do the same?
- Vital communities. In the coming years, many congregations will die, many congregations and communities will be born. How does practicing the way of Jesus foster vital communities?
- Vital conversations. Conversation is the lifeblood of any community. How does practicing the way of Jesus contribute to vital conversations?
- The public good. Christian communities do not exist for themselves but for the sake of God’s mission in the world. How can Christians connect the way of Jesus with cultivating good in the civic community?
These are the kinds of question that engage Phillips Theological Seminary and that will enable you to change the way you engage the world.