Providence Theological Seminary is an evangelical institution whose purpose is to serve the Church, in the accomplishment of its mission, by preparing and supporting leaders, developing resources, and facilitating theological reflection.
1. As an evangelical institution, we stand in the line of the historic orthodox traditions of the Church as exemplified in the major creeds of Christendom. In particular, our Covenant of Faith affirms a high view of Scripture, the unique atoning work of Christ, and the mission of the Church to spread the gospel of salvation. We are committed to continual growth in our understanding of God and of our responsibility in His world.
2. We understand the mission of the Church to be worshipping God, building healthy congregations, and ministering to the world through proclamation of the gospel and deeds of mercy. As an interdenominational parachurch organization, we serve the body of Christ worldwide through our distinctive calling.
3. We are called to prepare and nurture leaders for the local and universal Church. To people who desire to prepare for ministry, we give tools and experiences necessary to serve. For those already in ministry, we give opportunities to increase their knowledge and sharpen their skills. For those in need of care, we are a resource of hope and restoration.
4. We are called to develop resources for the Church. Our faculty are involved in local churches and in cross-cultural ministry as speakers and resource persons. We create and publish resources which aid the Church in its understanding of the message and mission of God in the world. We welcome requests from churches and organizations that desire our help.
5. We are called to facilitate theological reflection for the Church. The Church seeks to understand herself in terms of Scripture and of her history. We provide a forum for coming to such an understanding. The Church strives to find her way in the pre-modern, modern, and post-modern worlds. We seek to understand these worlds and to provide stimulus and opportunity for the Church and her leaders to reflect on their mission in these contexts.
The Seminary began in 1972 because there was a need for evangelical graduate ministry training in Canada. The rising standards of education and the growing complexity of the Christian ministry prompted the faculty and board of Winnipeg Bible College to consider offering graduate courses that would meet the needs of those who desired seminary education. The name of the Graduate School was soon changed to Winnipeg Theological Seminary (now Providence Theological Seminary). Since 2000, Providence has offered an extension program in counselling at Ambrose Seminary in Calgary, Alberta. More than half of of the courses in many degree programs can be taken by distance education. In 1992, Providence Theological Seminary was fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada to offer the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees. In June 2012, the Seminary received a seven-year renewal of its accreditation, and all programs (including the Doctor of Ministry) received full approval. About 200 students enrol in the Seminary each year on two campuses (Otterburne and Calgary Extension Site) and online.
The Seminary is associated with Providence University College which was founded in 1925 in order to give students “systematic instruction in the Word of God.” In 1991 the College and Seminary adopted the name Providence College and Theological Seminary. Providence University College has evolved over the years to become a Christian liberal arts college while retaining a strong emphasis in Bible and theology. In 2011 it was named Providence University College by the Manitoba Legislature. Although the school was originally located in Winnipeg, the University College and the Seminary are now located in Otterburne, about 50 kilometers south of Winnipeg. University College enrollment is about 300 students.
Together with the University College, Providence Seminary stimulates over $17 million annually in economic activity in Manitoba. With 300 full-time university college students, 175 seminary students, and 27 regular faculty members, Providence University College and Seminary is the largest self-standing Christian educational institution in Manitoba.
10 College Crescent
Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada, R0A 1G0
Phone: (204) 433-7488 or (800) 668-7768
Fax: (204) 433-7158
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