A Vision for Trinity’s Future
By The Very Rev. Dr. Justyn Terry, Dean and President
In times of turbulent cultural changes, like those in which we find ourselves, having a clear vision for the future proves more important than ever. With this in mind, the trustees, faculty, staff, students and supporters of Trinity School for Ministry have been working with me for over a year to develop a statement that captures what we believe God is calling us to do. It was received with great enthusiasm at our board retreat in October:
Trinity School for Ministry is an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition. In this fractured world, we desire to be a global center for Christian formation, producing outstanding leaders who can plant, renew and grow churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.
It begins with our identity: Trinity School for Ministry is an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition. It shows we remain committed to being a School to train lay and ordained leaders and makes clear our evangelical and Anglican commitments.
We then state the problem we face: In this fractured world… We live in a world corrupted by sin; this is what Christ came to overcome. We also acknowledge the brokenness of the Church, of which Christ is the head.
But what can we do about it? We desire to be a global center for Christian formation. Not only do we draw students from the nations, we seek, under God, to be a player on the world stage. The recent Lausanne conference, which included a number of Trinity alumni and friends, suggests this is already happening. The phrase ‘Christian formation’, rather than something more specifically denominational, speaks to our commitment to ecumenism, and to the community life that brings it about. It is also a reminder of our call to be a bridge-builder in a fragmented Church.
From there we move to the outcome: producing outstanding leaders. Our purpose is ‘forming Christian leaders for mission’, and these leaders are being prepared to plant, renew and grow churches. Our role is to serve the church by training leaders who can plant new churches, and both renew and grow existing churches, all by God’s grace.
The vision ends with the overall goal: that make disciples of Jesus Christ. This shows our on-going commitment to being a Great Commission seminary (Matt 28:19). We want churches planted, renewed & growing so that people become disciples of Jesus. This is our response to the problem of a ‘fractured world’: bringing reconciliation with the Father through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.
I am delighted with this vision, and very thankful to all those who helped us to discern it. My prayer is that it will help us to fulfill God’s calling to train the leaders that God will use to bring glory to His name by bringing the nations to Jesus Christ.