Admissions Criteria

It may be helpful for you to know the criteria by which our Admissions Committee will evaluate your application. We realize that none of us measures up completely to these criteria. We are merely interested in evidence of growth in these areas, not in models of perfection.

I. Spiritual Qualifications
Conversion and call: the ability to articulate a commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Applicants must demonstrate a sense of call to full-time Christian leadership and gifts that would qualify them either for the ordained or lay ministry.

Signs of Growth: a life, which evinces some signs of the characteristics, enumerated by our founding dean, Bishop Stanway, at the School's inception. The Bishop said he hoped that Trinity's graduates might be people who are:

  • unashamed of the Gospel of Christ,
  • people of prayer,
  • people liberated in the biblical sense,
  • seekers after holiness,
  • persons who have compassion for the poor and needy,
  • alive in God's Spirit, and
  • gripped with a sense of the privilege of being called to God's work.

Galatians 5:22-23 also lists certain marks which the Committee would seek to find in applicants to the School. Likewise, I Corinthians 6:9-11 indicates the turning away from sin by the power of the Holy Spirit that we would see reflected in the life of the community.

Disciplines of the Christian Life: keeping a regular quiet time and worshipping regularly in a Christian body.

Orderly Life: evidence of responsibility in the area of family and personal relations, including finances and physical health. Whether single, divorced, married, remarried, or widowed, there will be evidence of stable commitment to the sanctity of the marriage covenant between a man and a woman, and abstinence in the single state.

II. Academic Qualifications
Applicants to one of the Masters or Diploma programs should have completed a Bachelor's Degree in Arts or Sciences. They must demonstrate that they have the written and oral communication skills to benefit from the School's degree program.

III. Spiritual Gifts and Gifts in Ministry
There should be examples of the applicant's demonstrated gifts (especially in leadership, teaching, the ability to equip others, and pastoral ability) exercised in a body/congregation/ parish, affirmed by that group, and acknowledged by the leader(s).

The support of the applicant's spouse and family, and the affirmation by them of the applicant's gifts and calling in ministry, will be evident.

Applicants should demonstrate ability to articulate a goal (however tentative it may be at present) for the applicant's training in ministry at Trinity.

IV. Ecclesiastical
As appropriate, evidence of exploration with one's bishop and diocese or local church concerning the applicant's call and suitability for ministry.

Willingness to live, worship and study as part of the Trinity community within the Anglican evangelical tradition.

Ability to work creatively and graciously with other Christians whose viewpoints may not necessarily coincide with one's own.