Ethos of the Seminary

All members of the seminary community are expected to have committed themselves to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord—a commitment evidenced by a life of personal integrity. This integrity is demonstrated through honesty, purity, and love. Members of the seminary community will, among other things, abstain from sexual relationships outside of marriage, from homosexual practices, and from the use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, and illegal drugs. It is also expected that personal attire, appearance, and conversation will be examples of godliness in the Christian community and the world.

It is assumed that all members of the seminary community will have respect for the institution and a willingness to participate enthusiastically in the life and program of the seminary. This includes a charitable attitude toward others and toward the theological distinctives. This enthusiasm will be further evidenced by an active sharing in the chapel program, prayer groups, and other scheduled activities of the seminary.

The seminary community consists of mature individuals representing a broad denominational, racial, and national spectrum. This rich diversity within the confessional framework of the seminary provides a wholesome environment in which the students explore God’s truth and equip themselves for ministering to the world that is. Wesley is committed to academic freedom. Pursuant to this freedom of inquiry, the faculty encourages students to investigate significant theological traditions with respect and critical reason. The seminary respects the insights of any person who is seeking truth, while maintaining commitments to consensual Christianity. One will find that the atmosphere of study at Wesley is consistently challenging and edifying.