The integration of diverse academic programming with formation for ministry in a communal life of worship and prayer.
Every aspect of General Theological Seminary's work and life is oriented towards the education and formation of leaders. To ensure that our mission is fulfilled, the Strategic Vision and Strategic Pillars have been used as a guide for planning and evaluating both strategic and operational decisons. The Strategic Vision is to achieve Financial, Missional, and Cultural Sustainability. The Strategic Pillars are 1) Complete implementation of a transformative and pioneering approach to seminary education. 2) Developing and making available vocational and specialized certificate and Master degree programs that expand our current offerings for students seeking to be lay leaders in the church, or to augment previous seminary education. 3) Expanding academic and formation opportunities by forging alliances with other institutions. 4) Undertaking a major gifts initiative for non-operating, capital expenses.
General Theological Seminary has a renewed corporate identity with a new emphasis on truth-telling and critical self-awareness within the community. All constituencies are united in following our mission statement and strategic pillars to track toward financial, cultural, and missional sustainability. As an institution we have sought and continue to seek to evaluate and assess whether the claims we make about our institutional life are actually reflected in our practices. Out of this common sense of identity has emerged a renewed collegial atmosphere and a widely felt sense of teamwork and comradery.
The values reflected by the strategic vision are operationalized through the concrete objectives of the Four Strategic Pillars discussed above. These pillars serve as indicators of achievement which point toward mission fulfillment.
In the Fall of 2016, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS, the nation's premier accrediting agency for schools like General) conducted it's comprehensive examination of General Theological Seminary. Our most recent previous examination was in 2004. We began with an extensive self-study and culminated with an on-site visit by a team of four outside experts. Every part of our institution was thoroughly examined; our classes and governance were inspected, and multiple interviews across constituencies were undertaken. The ATS reaccredited General to Fall 2023, the longest period available for a school likeouts, and we did not receive any notations (that is, material weaknesses in our standards or operations).