Mission, Vision, and Values
North Park Theological Seminary exists to prepare students academically, practically, and spiritually to serve the Evangelical Covenant Church and other Christian bodies, and to minister to both church and world through scholarship, teaching, service, and community life.
We strive to be an institution that provides graduate theological education of the highest quality, reflective of the distinctive values and culture of the Evangelical Covenant Church, for the development of leadership in the local church and wider Christian ministries.
North Park Theological Seminary is the seminary of the Evangelical Covenant Church, whose identity is derived from the Holy Scriptures and the classical formulations of the Apostolic and Nicene Creeds. The unique identity of the ECC and Seminary springs from the Protestant Reformation, classical Lutheran Pietism, and other evangelical movements. Learn more about the Covenant by reading our affirmations.
At the same time, the mission of the Seminary is to serve both the global and local church. We intend our community life to be hospitable to the diversity of God's creation. Our educational philosophy seeks to relate the great commission (Matthew 28:16–20), the great commandment (Matthew 22:36–50), and care for creation (Genesis 1) critically and creatively to the University campus, ecclesial communities, and the marketplaces of life. Our commitment embraces both personal and public discipleship. We affirm the priestly, prophetic, and leadership aspects of ministry. Our devotion to the spiritual formation of our students aims to cultivate their personal holiness, apostolic identity, intellectual integrity, evangelical witness, and ethical commitment.
Our mission continues the mission of the Triune God through creative, redemptive, and sanctifying service to the glory of God and our neighbors' good.