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Preparing New Leaders

Our United Church of Canada has initiated a new campaign to attract people to ordered ministry under the theme God’s World Needs Leaders.

As a College whose mission is to offer justice-driven education for Christian leadership, we welcome this undertaking by our national Church. We share the conviction that God’s world and our faith community in that world needs well-prepared servant leaders to serve in ordered or lay ministry.

Our Church’s Standards of Practice for Ministry Personnel remind us that our ministers are “responsible for leading, guiding, and supporting the community of faith in the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ. They touch people’s lives at various points of joy, pain, celebration, and vulnerability in a variety of ways —by leading in worship, by providing pastoral care, by standing with those who suffer, and by working for justice and peace.”

To be sharing in the Church’s call and preparation of its next generation of servant leaders is close to the heart of everyone at St. Andrew’s. In all of our programs we remain committed to academic excellence and, through the integration of study and practice, to the development of the many competencies required for ministry in our time.

In recent years we have deepened the level of financial support available to those preparing for ordination. The College has expanded the experience of practical ministry and learning circle reflection in the MDiv program. We have developed a powerful partnership with Hanshin University in Seoul, Korea and a vibrant student exchange program.

Now, we have developed a unique in-Canada dual-degree program that seeks to invite and encourage young people to theological study and ministry. Our program offerings have expanded in support of the leadership needs of the Church and community to include a specialization in spiritual care, a Doctor of Ministry program in rural church and community development, and the national program of preparation for Designated Lay Ministry.

With the help of the St. Andrew’s alumni/ae, the College is being equipped with new technology to provide our students with the best possible options for online and distance learning. We are reaching out to establish new partnerships locally and internationally for educational opportunities. Through the work of our faculty beyond the classroom we offer cutting-edge theology and scholarship to the Church and community.

We seek to be the affirming, justice-driven and welcoming community that we are called to be. All of this we strive for because God’s world needs leaders. Our mission is unchanged. It is to provide justice-driven education for Christian leadership. It is to offer the Church and the world well-educated, well-prepared servant leaders.

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As an Affirming Ministry within the United Church of Canada, we are welcoming and inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

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God's World Needs New Leaders