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Mission and Vision

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Student GatheringOur Mission

Bethany Theological Seminary equips spiritual and intellectual leaders with an Incarnational education for ministering, proclaiming, and living out God's shalom and Christ's peace in the church and world.

Our Vision

Incarnational education at Bethany Theological Seminary is:

  • Grounded in Jesus Christ, as the Incarnation of God's reconciling love
  • Founded on Scripture, read in community, guided by the Spirit, for discerning wisdom, ethics, and theology
  • Rooted in distinctive Anabaptist and Pietist traditions of the Church of the Brethren
  • Experienced in a curriculum that explores the comprehensive gospel of Christ's salvation using multiple communication formats
  • Practiced in spiritual disciplines, intellectual inquiry, Christian discipleship, and cross-cultural engagements that bear fruit where God is working toward shalom
  • Committed to preparation for ministry in a variety of models and settings: congregational life, pastoral leadership, theological education, each engaged locally and globally at the intersections of the church and the world
  • Embodied in transformed and joyful service that integrates the values of simplicity, community, reconciliation, and care for creation.

Our Mission and Vision are enhanced by partnerships with the Earlham School of Religion and those that make educational opportunities accessible in other locations: graduate courses through the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center and nongraduate study and continuing education through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership and SVMC.

Adopted by the Bethany Board of Trustees, October 2009

Jennifer Jensen
(MDiv Connections)

JenniferWhen my husband, parents, and I arrived at Bethany Theological Seminary for my long-awaited visit, I was giddy, to say the least! My whole life led to that moment and that weekend. I could not believe my dream was coming true! From the moment we arrived, we were treated with the utmost respect and hospitality. Not only did the staff and faculty put together an amazing weekend for me, they welcomed my questions, comments, or concerns we had and did it with complete openness which shined through in every person we visited. Everyone had a genuine interest in me, my husband, and my life. I truly felt like each person wanted to help me be sure this is where I was meant to be. I had the opportunity to sit in several classes, which was an absolutely remarkable and enlightening opportunity that only affirmed how excited I am to sit in those classes myself. In addition, I had the opportunity to visit with current students and recent graduates, getting a true sense of how Bethany affects and changes a person's life.