Houston Graduate School of Theology

Mission, Vision, Core Values

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OUR MISSION

Houston Graduate School of Theology equips women and men to be ministers and messengers of God’s mission of reconciliation through academic excellence, personal transformation, and leadership development.

 

VISION STATEMENT

We passionately pursue our call to join God’s reconciling mission in the world as we are conformed to the image of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.  HGST will continue to be a community of faith and learning with a faculty and staff that affirm core evangelical convictions and with students that represent the spectrum of Christian theological perspectives, church traditions, and cultural backgrounds. We will become known for practicing deep reconciliation through Christ and for advocating “everyday faith”—God’s call for all Christian disciples to serve faithfully in every role of life. Through catalytic partnerships, HGST will engage other organizations through training and service. Dynamic graduate education programs will flourish and institutional support services will be well-sustained by wise stewardship of increasing resources.

 

CORE VALUES

Worship of the Triune God    We worship God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and celebrate God’s intent for shalom in all creation, the kingdom of God inaugurated through Jesus Christ our redeemer, and the Holy Spirit who indwells and empowers us.  

 

Christian Community    

We embrace practices that nurture relationships with one another including hospitality, respect, love, truthfulness, confession, forgiveness, encouragement, peacemaking, and accountability so that we can honor both our unity in Christ and multi-faceted diversity.

Missional Faithfulness        

We discern and participate in God’s grace-filled, redemptive mission in, around, and through us.

Spiritual Formation             

We welcome the transformative power of the Holy Spirit in our common journey from brokenness to Christlikeness through the individual and corporate practice of spiritual disciplines.

Biblical Integrity                   

We affirm the authoritative witness of Holy Scripture as the meta-narrative into which the stories of our lives properly fit and flourish.

Servant Leadership              

We humbly exercise influence in everyday circumstances by graciously guiding movement toward God’s intent.

Excellence  

We steward God's gifts at the highest levels of quality possible.