Mission, Vision, & Values
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
The First Seminary of the Reformed Church in America
We are a multiethnic, intergenerational, ecumenical theological institution of higher education that instills creative, contextual, and critical thinking and a passion for justice that reflects God’s transforming love in Jesus Christ.
Faith and community that welcomes diverse perspectives, where all have a seat at the table and all voices are heard; the breadth and depth of this inclusive conversation contribute to all growth and understanding.
A supportive environment where the person, the journey, and the call to ministry in each unique context are nurtured and affirmed in community.
Academic engagement that instills creative, contextual, and critical thinking and a passion for justice.
We envision empowered leaders, ministries, and communities who actively pursue, promote, and engage in the work of justice, reconciliation, and unity, affirming the equality of all God’s people.
We envision a community of graduates who bear witness to God’s light in the world, where all lives are dignified and all voices are heard, and all are included to share in God’s bountiful love.
We envision spiritual communities who embody grace and love, rooted in critical, creative, contextual thinking and leadership that inspires others to live fruitful and faithful lives.
We envision a world where hearts are renewed, justice is established, and faith is restored.
Our mission, rooted in God’s grace, is to empower people and communities…
to explore their calling and live into their futures by providing a place of connection and spiritual formation;
to bring a curiosity, openness, creativity, and logic to the critical examination of text and context; and
to act with fairness and integrity through analyzing systems of power and privilege.
Purpose Statement (from NBTS By-Laws)
Called in Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, New Brunswick Theological Seminary participates in God’s own laboring to fulfill God’s reign on earth.
Rooted in the Reformed tradition and centered in its trust of God’s sovereignty and grace, the Seminary is an inter-cultural, ecumenical school of Christian faith, learning, and scholarship committed to its metro-urban and global contexts.
Our purpose is to educate persons and strengthen communities for transformational, public ministries in church and society. We fulfill this mission through creative, contextual, and critical engagement with texts, traditions, and practices.
Think Critically • Act Justly • Lead Faithfully