"St. Vladimir's seminarians are expected to undertake the task of the Fathers of the Church, viewing everything in the light of Jesus Christ and His gospel, as proclaimed by the Apostles, according to Holy Scripture." - The V. Rev. John Behr, Dean
Our Mission, Vision, & Values
St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary serves Christ, his Church, and the world through Orthodox Christian theological education, research, and scholarship, and the promotion of inter-Orthodox cooperation.
In this way, the Seminary prepares students for ministry as bishops, priests, deacons, lay leaders, and scholars so that they may build up Orthodox communities, foster Church growth through mission and evangelism, teach the Orthodox faith, and care for those in need.
With God’s help and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Seminary aspires to be the premier center of Orthodox Christian scholarship and pastoral education and to operate as an exemplary Orthodox Christian institution.
In every aspect of its life and work, the Seminary is guided by the following principles:
- To believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to adhere to his commandments, as expressed in the life and teachings of the Orthodox Christian Church;
- To acknowledge our responsibility to communicate Orthodox Christianity to the world and to invite all to partake of the fullness of the faith;
- To take a holistic approach to theological education and spiritual formation—integrating study, work, worship, and personal discipline;
- To manifest Orthodox Christian love, service, worship, and learning in the life of the seminary community;
- To teach the critical appropriation of the Orthodox tradition in order to proclaim the unchanging gospel today;
- To be committed to Orthodox unity in North America and inter-Orthodox cooperation at all levels of Church life;
- To be open, transparent, and responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us;
- To undertake our work together through a process of intentional consultation, shared governance, and consensus-building;
- To encourage every member of the seminary community to be a full and active participant in the Seminary’s mission;
- To expect all members of the seminary community to hold the highest standards of professional ethics and personal integrity;
- To aspire to excellence through continuous and ongoing improvement;
- To be committed to fairness, respect, and hospitality for all members of the seminary community.
As sinful human beings, we acknowledge that we will inevitably fall short of these high ideals. As Christians, we will constantly seek forgiveness for our mistakes and do our best to correct them.