SPS Academy, Abbey, Apostolate®

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The interplay of scholarship, spiritual edification, and service learning 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.

Academy

Seattle Pacific Seminary is known for its rigorous yet supportive academic environment. As 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.

Abbey

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

Apostolate

Seattle Pacific Seminary is also an “apostolate” — a place of sending forth. As a student, you will sometimes find yourself stretched beyond your comfort zone — for the sake of the gospel — through urban or global multicultural experiences. At Seattle Pacific Seminary, prayer and service provide you with the seedbed for scholarly study, vocational exploration, and preparation for leadership in the congregation, the classroom, the community, and beyond.

Learning Outcomes of Academy, Abbey, and Apostolate®

The academy, abbey, and apostolate® is integrated into the six learning outcomes identified below; the sixth learning outcome aligns to the specific “apostolate” focus and vocational interest of each degree program: 

LO 1. 

Graduates will develop an informed Christian faith.

LO 2. 

Graduates will interpret and respond to the Christian Scriptures.

LO 3. 

Graduates will engage with others of diverse ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds and beliefs

LO 4. 

Graduates will develop Christian virtues, values and vocation.

LO 5. 

Graduates will practice the classical spiritual disciplines of the Christian faith.

LO 6. 

Graduates will practice the professional skills suitable to their calling.

Our learning outcomes are correlated to the academy, abbey, and apostolate learning objectives in the matrix below:

LO 1. Graduates will develop an informed Christian faith.
Academy
  1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the basic story line of the Christian heritage.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the basic doctrinal loci of the Christian faith.
Abbey
  1. Graduates will apply the church’s historical legacy and theological heritage to their own lives and vocation.
Apostolate
  1. Graduates will use the church’s historical legacy and theological heritage to analyze and address contemporary ministry contexts.
LO 2. Graduates will interpret and respond to the Christian Scriptures.
Academy
  1. Graduates will interpret the Bible as Christian Scripture, attending to the historical context, literary features and religious message of each book, and to the overarching unity of its witness to God.
Abbey
  1. Graduates will meditate on the Bible as Christian Scripture, attending to its divine authority for their life and vocation.
Apostolate
  1. Graduates will apply the Bible as Christian Scripture, attending to its practical relevance to the people and contexts of our world today.
LO 3.  Graduates will engage with others of diverse ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds and beliefs.
Academy
  1. Graduates will analyze the religious convictions, experiences and practices of persons from multiple cultures, faiths, historical epochs and worldviews.
Abbey
  1. Graduates will examine and analyze their racial, ethnic and gender identities in light of their preeminent identity as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Apostolate
  1. Graduates will demonstrate competence in interacting with and ministering to persons of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, of various psychosocial and gender identities, and of differing physical, emotional and intellectual abilities.
LO 4.  Graduates will develop Christian virtues and values.
Academy
  1. Graduates will demonstrate competence in ethical decision-making and problem-solving.
Abbey
  1. Graduates will display evident Christian character and integrity in their personal and professional lives.
  2. Graduates will exhibit confidence in their Christian faith and life.
  3. Graduates will identify their own gifts, graces, talents and interests.
Apostolate
  1. Graduates will be prepared for professional service.
LO 5.  Graduates will practice the classical spiritual disciplines of the Christian faith.
Academy
  1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of how Christians of different epochs and cultural backgrounds have understood and practiced the classical spiritual disciplines.
Abbey
  1. Graduates will regularly practice the classical spiritual disciplines.
Apostolate
  1. Graduates will assist others in practicing the classical spiritual disciplines.
LO 6.  Graduates will practice the professional skills suitable to their vocation.
Apostolate

To view the “apostolate” learning objectives for learning outcome six (LO 6), visit the program tracking sheet for each degree program on the Seminary Programs page.

“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.

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Academy, Abbey, Apostolate®

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The Triple A Model: Academy, Abbey, Apostolate®

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