Academy, Abbey, Apostolate®

Prayer group

The interplay of scholarship, spiritual edification, and service defines our unique vision for educating both undergraduate and seminary students — all informed by our Wesleyan heritage that joins "knowledge and vital piety" as a means of changing the world.


SPU is known for its rigorous yet supportive academic environment. Whether you are an undergraduate or a seminary student, you will learn in close collaboration with faculty colleagues from many disciplines across the University. Our professors are outstanding biblical and theological scholars who value academic excellence, research, and teaching in service to the church, and have a deep Christian faith.

Learning goals of the Academy

We teach so that you and other students will:

  • Develop an informed and reflective faith.
  • Develop confidence in the Christian faith.
  • Be able to interpret Scripture deftly and thoughtfully.
  • Understand how the divine revelation of Scripture and the canonical tradition are informed by reason and the experience of the Holy Spirit.
  • Learn and evaluate different worldviews operative from the perspective of Christian faith.


In the School of Theology, we stress accountable discipleship, and provide opportunities for you to worship and fellowship in intentional Christian community. Our purpose is that you and your professors will be formed more and more in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.

Learning goals of the Abbey

We teach so that you and other students will:

  • Shape your life around Christian character and values.
  • Cultivate personal spiritual disciplines in your life.
  • Engage others of different beliefs in civil discourse and with a catholic spirit.
  • Be able to nurture others in Christian faith.
  • Recognize your membership in the body of Christ, entering into the moral and theological discourse of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.


The School of Theology is also an “apostolate” — a place of sending forth. As a student, you will participate in service activities (acts of mercy and justice), especially with the poor. And you will sometimes find yourself stretched beyond your comfort zone — for the sake of the gospel — through urban or global multicultural experiences. In the School of Theology, prayer, and service provide you with the seedbed for scholarly study, vocational exploration, and preparation for leadership in the congregation, the campus, and the classroom.

Learning goals of the Apostolate

We teach so that you and other students will:

  • Be prepared to discern, own, and be equipped for your vocation.
  • Be deeply rooted in the worship and ministry of a local congregation.
  • Articulate your faith in a winsome and engaging manner, in order to share it with others.
  • Be prepared to engage in global and intercultural settings.
“Unite the pair so long disjoined;
Knowledge and vital piety;
Learning and holiness combined,
And truth and love let all men see
In these, when up to thee we give,
Thine, wholly thine, to die and live.”
Charles Wesley
Camp Casey

Beyond the Classroom

Seattle Pacific Seminary’s 2011–12 incoming students gathered at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island as part of a retreat-based intensive course where they studied and practiced historic spiritual disciplines.

Asian American Ministries Program

Asian American Ministry Program

The Asian American Ministry Program serves a central role in Seattle Pacific Seminary’s vision for theological education. Its goal is to equip a new generation of leaders to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.