Board of Trustees
MR. BOB TESKEY, Chair
MR. GREGG BECKER
MR. DON HOWELL
MR. BARRY KOSSOWAN
DR. DAN HAMIL
MR. ERIC PETERS
REV. ALAN POWELL
DR. STEFANO PIVA
REV. DR. RYAN SATO
MS. LORI SCHMIDT
REV. KATHY SPATE
DR. DAVID WILLIAMS,
Taylor Seminary Students Association:
Sioux Falls Seminary:
ABA of the NAB Conference:
Taylor Seminary Faculty:
Statement of Faith
Taylor College & Seminary seeks to maintain a position which is faithful to the scriptures as understood through the Baptist theological tradition. We believe that it is the right and responsibility of each believer to arrive at an understanding of the Christian faith which is based on Scripture interpreted in accordance with his/her conscience. Although no human statement of faith should be considered to be creedally binding, the following “Statement of Beliefs”* adopted by the North American Baptist Conference meeting in Triennial Session at Niagara Falls, New York, on August 12, 1982, expresses the doctrinal consensus of the denomination. It provides the basis for doctrinal instruction at Taylor.
- We believe the Bible is God's Word given by divine inspiration, the record of God's revelation of Himself to humanity (II Timothy 3:16). It is trustworthy, sufficient, without error - the supreme authority and guide for all doctrine and conduct (I Peter 1:23-25; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16-17). It is the truth by which God brings people into a saving relationship with Himself and leads them to Christian maturity (John 20:31; I John 5:9-12; Matthew 4:4; I Peter 2:2).
- We believe in the one living and true God, perfect in wisdom, sovereignty, holiness, justice, mercy and love (I Timothy 1:17; Psalm 86:15; Deuteronomy 32:3-4). He exists eternally in three coequal persons who act together in creation, providence and redemption (Genesis 1:26; I Peter 1:2; Hebrews 1:1-3).
A. The Father reigns with providential care over all life and history in the created universe. He hears and answers prayer (I Chronicles 29:11-13; Matthew 7:11). He initiated salvation by sending His Son, and He is Father to those who by faith accept His Son as Lord and Saviour (I John 4:9-10; John 3:16; John 1:12; Acts 16:31).
B. The Son became man, Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18). Being fully God and fully man, He revealed God through His sinless life, miracles and teaching (John 14:9; Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 4:23-24). He provided salvation through His atoning death in our place and by His bodily resurrection (I Corinthians 15:3-4; II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:23-25). He ascended into heaven where He rules over all creation (Philippians 2:5-11). He intercedes for all believers and dwells in them as their ever-present Lord (Romans 8:34; John 14:23).
C. The Holy Spirit inspired men to write the Scriptures (II Peter 1:21). Through this Word, He convicts individuals of their sinfulness and of the righteousness of Christ, draws them to the Saviour, and bears witness to their new birth (James 1:18; John 16:7-11; I Thessalonians 1:5-6; Romans 8:16). At regeneration and conversion, the believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:13). The Spirit indwells, seals and gives spiritual gifts to all believers for ministry in the church and society (Romans 8:9-11; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 12:5-8; I Peter 4:10). He empowers, guides, teaches, fills, sanctifies and produces the fruit of Christ-likeness in all who yield to Him (Acts 4:31; Romans 8:14; I Corinthians 2:10-13; Ephesians 5:18; II Thessalonians 2:13; Galatians 5:16, 22-23).
- We believe God created an order of spiritual beings called angels to serve Him and do His will (Psalm 148:1-5; Colossians 1:16). The holy angels are obedient spirits ministering to the heirs of salvation and glorifying God (Hebrews 1:6-7, 13-14). Certain angels, called demons, Satan being their chief, through deliberate choice revolted and fell from their exalted position (Revelation 12:7-9). They now tempt individuals to rebel against God (I Timothy 4:1; I Peter 5:8). Their destiny in hell has been sealed by Christ's victory over sin and death (Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 20:10).
- We believe God created man in His own image to have fellowship with Himself and to be steward over His creation (Genesis 1:26-28). As a result, each person is unique, possesses dignity and is worthy of respect (Psalm 139:13-17). Through the temptation of Satan, Adam chose to disobey God; this brought sin and death to the human race and suffering to all creation (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21; 8:22). Therefore, everyone is born with a sinful nature and needs to be reconciled to God (Romans 3:9-18, 23). Satan tempts people to rebel against God, even those who love Him (Ephesians 4:27; II Corinthians 2:11; Matthew 16:23). Nonetheless, everyone is personally responsible to God for thoughts, actions and beliefs and has the right to approach Him directly through Jesus Christ, the only mediator (Romans 14:12; I Timothy 2:5).
- We believe salvation is redemption by Christ of the whole person from sin and death (II Timothy 1:9-10; I Thessalonians 5:23). It is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (I Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 20:21). An individual is united to Christ by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27). As a child of God, the believer is acquitted of all guilt and brought into a new relationship of peace (Romans 5:1). Christians grow as the Holy Spirit enables them to understand and obey the Word of God (II Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:15; I Thessalonians 3:12).
- We believe the Church is the body of which Christ is the head and all who believe in Him are members (Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 12:4-5). Christians are commanded to be baptized upon profession of faith and to unite with a local church for mutual encouragement and growth in discipleship through worship, nurture, service and the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Acts 2:41-42,47; Luke 24:45-48). Each church is a self-governing body under the lordship of Christ with all members sharing responsibility (Acts 13:1-3; 14:26-28). The form of government is understood to be congregational (Matthew 18:17; Acts 6:3-6; 15:22-23).
- The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20). It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's identification with the death, burial and resurrection of the Saviour Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-5). The Lord's Supper is the partaking of the bread and of the cup by believers together as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. It is an act of thankful dedication to Him and serves to unite His people until He returns (I Corinthians 11:23-26).
- To express unity in Christ, local churches form associations and a conference for mutual counsel, fellowship, and a more effective fulfillment of Christ's commission (Acts 15; I Corinthians 6:1-3).
- We believe religious liberty, rooted in Scripture, is the inalienable right of all individuals to freedom of conscience with ultimate accountability to God (Genesis 1:27; John 8:32; II Corinthians 3:17; Romans 8:21; Acts 5:29). Church and state exist by the will of God. Each has distinctive concerns and responsibilities, free from control by the other (Matthew 22:21). Christians should pray for civil leaders, and obey and support government in matters not contrary to Scripture (I Timothy 2:1-4; Romans 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13-16). The state should guarantee religious liberty to all persons and groups regardless of their religious preferences, consistent with the common good.
- We believe Christians, individually and collectively, are salt and light in society (Matthew 5:13-16). In a Christ-like spirit, they oppose greed, selfishness and vice; they promote truth, justice and peace; they aid the needy and preserve the dignity of people of all races and conditions (Hebrews 13:5; Luke 9:23; Titus 2:12; Philippians 4:8-9; I John 3:16-17; James 2:1-4).
- We affirm the family as the basic unit of society and seek to preserve its integrity and stability (Genesis 2:21-25; Ephesians 6:1-4).
- We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish the new heaven and new earth (Ephesians 1:9-10; Revelation 21:1). The certain hope of the Christian is that Jesus Christ will return to the earth suddenly, personally and visibly in glory according to His promise (Titus 2:13); Revelation 1:7; 3:11; John 14:1-3). The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge mankind in righteousness (John 5:28-29). The unrighteous will be consigned to the everlasting punishment prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10). The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and dwell forever with the Lord (Philippians 3:20-21; II Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
"To develop Christ-minded leaders who make a difference in the world."
A mission statement seeks to provide a clear, concise and passionate statement about our primary purpose as a College and Seminary. It is filled with dynamic word pictures that describe a vibrant process and results for students of the Taylor experience.
Every Taylor student brings a set of emerging gifts and abilities, along with a desired direction or calling for their life. The Taylor environment seeks to develop and shape students for greater use and effectiveness in their service to Christ.
Jesus presents a standard for us: to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind… and love our neighbour as ourselves. Since our mind has such a great influence on how we live our lives, it is significant how it is nurtured.
“The purpose of a Christian education would not be merely to make men and women pious Christians… A Christian education must primarily teach people to be able to think in Christian categories.
Leadership influences through character, lifestyle, empowerment, decisions, skills, and intentional actions. Taylor seeks to develop persons who positively influence their world.
“The central task of leadership is influencing God’s people toward God’s purposes.”
The Making of a Leader
Make a difference
Psychologists tell us that one of the most significant human desires is to make a difference and to know that our life matters. More than that, we are enjoined to participate the Missio Dei, with God as the ultimate difference-maker, the One who seeks and redeems and restores.
In the world
The world is our sphere of influence. Our faith affects those around us: in our families, churches, vocation, place of work, and our community. We encourage students to be involved in churches, social agencies, and so on within the greater Edmonton community. Students are also provided opportunities for cross-cultural experiences.
Taylor College & Seminary seeks to be the learning centre of choice for Christian service.
Taylor students are enthusiastic about the education they receive here, and we work every day to earn and maintain that trust. Students learn and grow in a challenging and exciting environment that values spiritual formation, with faculty deeply involved in mentoring and encouraging them. Our outstanding Field Education program helps prepare students for vocational ministry.
Core faculty members and affiliated faculty members have completed their doctoral degree (in nearly all cases) and are well-equipped to provide current thought and research in their classroom teaching. Faith is integrated both into the learning context and into co-curricular activities which provide our students with opportunities to deepen their faith perspectives.
Taylor offers an environment where students can wrestle with significant questions and issues as they work toward becoming more faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
Taylor sometimes shares employment opportunities from our partner institutions, supporting churches and other institutions. These postings are provided as a convenience to the extended Taylor community.
May we all find a place of service where our gifts are used and where the kingdom grows.
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