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Our Core Values

Core Values

In pursuit of our mission Westminster Theological College and Seminary in Uganda hold the following core values and convictions:

Submission to Biblical Authority

We are committed to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired and inerrant Word of God and as the only infallible authority for faith and life.

A Love for the Gospel, the Church and Missions

Our faculties and lecturers are composed of men and women who love the gospel of grace, love the bride of Christ, the church, and are passionate about evangelism, preaching, church planting, biblical discipleship, church revitalization and missions and who wish to impart a heart for the church and the lost world to our students. Since God has ordained the church as His agent to do His work in this world, the church is central and indispensable in all ministry. The goal of ministry is, according to Ephesians 5:7-16, to build up the church in her worship and work to be healthy and mature, to speak the truth in love and thus to carry out her God-given mission. The training of pastors at WTC/S focuses on equipping them to equip churches to do the work of ministry and to build up the body of Christ. Healthy, biblical churches are the source and goal of missions.

Reformed and Confessional

We gladly affirm the theology that grew out of the 16th century Reformation and contained in the great confessions of this era including the Belgic Confession (1561), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), the Canons of Dort (1619) and the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms (1647-8). WTC/S is committed to Reformed Theology. Each year our faculty members affirm their agreement to the Westminster Confession and Catechisms. This summary of what the Bible teaches establishes the doctrinal orientation for all our classes and instruction. The essence of Reformed Theology is willingness and a zeal to conform all of life to the Word of God.

A Diverse Student Body

WTC/S welcomes students from a variety of churches and traditions who are serious and sincere in their pursuit of theological education. We currently have students from several denominations and from Uganda, Sudan, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Congo.

Holiness and Godliness of Life

More important than intelligence and talent for fruitfulness in gospel ministry is godliness. Robert L. Dabney once said "The prime qualification of a sacred orator is sincere, eminent piety." Robert Murray M'Cheyne has said "A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God." Our faculties seeks to model and promote true holiness and godliness among our students.

A Balanced, Caring Community

While we do not believe that the College is a church or can take the place of a church, we do believe that learning takes place best in a community of love, encouragement and accountability. WTC/S seeks to become a community of serious scholar-servants who love God with all their minds and hearts, and who love others for His sake. Because a zeal without knowledge or a knowledge without godly zeal can only injure the church, WTC/S seeks to develop in faculty and students a community where there is a balanced combination of solid learning, Christ-like piety, loving fellowship, caring community life and a strong sense of mission and outreach for the sake of the Gospel.

Preparing our Students for Ministry in an African Context

Africa has special needs and challenges. Effective pastoral and church ministry in Africa requires specialized sensitivity and training. WTC/S's calling is to address the complex issues confronting the church's witness on our continent and to develop and equip pastors and leaders who can wisely apply biblical principles to Africa's challenging and rapidly changing context.

Academic Excellence

Effective African church leadership will increasingly require spiritual maturity, scholarship, keen biblical insight and analytical and critical discernment. In order to train leaders for tomorrow, WTC/S will increasingly pursue academic rigor and academic excellence.

An African and International Faculty

WTC/S is an African institution with an African faculty. However, there is an intentional international partnership of Presbyterian and Reformed teachers and professors working together with Africans to carry out WTC/S's mission.

Church-Based Training

The life of the local church is the best place to learn and prepare for ministry. WTC/S seeks to train future pastors through experienced pastor-mentors and through student internships in local churches.

A Biblical Worldview

A pastor needs a Biblical worldview to minister effectively to believers and to the lost. WTC/S aims to equip students through an extensive survey of biblical and theological knowledge in order to cultivate a Christian worldview firmly rooted in the word of God.

Equip Women and Pastors Wives for Effective Church Ministry

While WTC/S does not endorse the ordination of women as church officers (elders, preachers or deacons), we are firmly committed to the importance of women's ministry in the life of the church. Women are warmly welcomed to our academic programs. Special programs equip women for non-ordained ministry and equip wives of students to be effective pastoral teammates.

Extension Education

Many pastors in Africa are unable to pursue residential theological education. WTC/S plans to develop extension centers in the future. These will have the mission of taking theological training to strategic centers and providing intense course work for pastors and leaders unable to travel to Kampala.