The Epistle of James tells us that reflecting deeply on faith and living out faith in the world go hand-in-hand. If you are looking for a graduate community that is grounded in an ever-deepening and ever-challenging Christian faith, you’ll find it at Seattle Pacific Seminary.
mission statement: why we exist
Guided by the Holy Spirit, SPS prepares students for faithful service to Jesus Christ through transformational ministry in the church and world.
vision statement: what we do
As a seminary in the Pacific Northwest SPS aims to embody theological education through a Wesleyan vision of academy, abbey, and apostolate, preparing students for faithful service.
As an academy, SPS seeks the mind of Christ
through theological study and reflection.
As an abbey, SPS endeavors to be a formative
community that is a workshop of the Holy Spirit.
As an apostolate, SPS aspires to participate in
God’s reconciling mission in the world.
Our distinctive vision: academy, abbey, apostolate
In the School of Theology, we embrace a threefold model of theological education that we call “Academy, Abbey, Apostolate®
The interplay of scholarship, spiritual edification, and service — all informed by our Wesleyan heritage that joins "knowledge and vital piety" as a means of changing the world — defines a vision that distinguishes SPU among theology schools and seminaries.
Seattle Pacific Seminary offers a Master of Divinity (MDiv), seven Master of Arts (MA) degrees, and four dual degrees in partnership with the School of Psychology, Family, and Community, and the School of Business, Government, and Economics, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies.
Center for Biblical and Theological Education
The Center for Biblical and Theological Education in the SPU School of Theology was founded to provide biblical and theological education for faculty, staff, and students; the church; and the world. One of its signature offerings is Lectio: Guided Bible Reading, a four-year, online program of readings and podcasts led by School of Theology faculty. The CBTE was originally funded in part by a grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust.