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School of Theology & Formation

Connecting students with the Church through the centuries, the School of Theology and Formation focuses on how Christians formulate their faith, worship God, grow in grace and live in the world as responsible disciples of Jesus Christ.

Five academic disciplines are represented in the School of Theology and Formation:

  • Theology
  • Philosophy
  • Church History
  • Ethics
  • Spiritual Formation

The disciplines of theology, philosophy and church history inquire into the basic aspects of Christian thought in order to enable people to know the foundation for believing in God, to understand God’s ways in the world, and to reflect theologically as they minister in the church and the world. Dimensions of faith are examined from methodological, doctrinal, critical, historical, biblical, philosophical and ethical perspectives.

The disciplines of spiritual formation and Christian ethics focus on Wesleyan understandings of holiness, which are distinctive in their emphasis on both the personal and the social dimensions of Christian formation and responsibility. Courses in these areas contribute to the preparation of students for ministry through attention to practices, disciplines and theoretical underpinnings of spiritual and moral formation. In Christian ethics courses, students receive training for analysis of, and ministry within, various cultural and institutional contexts. A number of courses provide experience in and reflection on specific ministry settings. In spiritual formation classes students receive guidance for integrating spirituality and ministry, and for offering personal as well as corporate spiritual direction.

The task of theology is an ongoing one that involves the whole person. Though the content of faith revealed by God is once-and-for-all given, its articulation must be made relevant to each generation and in ever-changing contexts. Special attention is given to the Wesleyan-Arminian understanding of Christian theology within the wider classical Christian tradition and in contemporary thought.