Competencies of Seminary Graduates

Competencies of Seminary Graduates

The programs of George Fox Evangelical Seminary are designed to produce specific competencies in its graduates. These competencies are to be understood in conjunction with our statement of faith and our school distinctives. Our community serves in a Christ-centered, biblically grounded orthodox evangelical understanding of Christian faith and ministry. Competencies are developed in four key domains:

Identity Formation (Being and Becoming Who God Created You To Be)

Graduates of our programs will:

  • Have a transformational relationship with Christ and cultivate an intentional spiritual life
  • Increase in the capacity to love
  • Know their self-worth and capabilities
  • Demonstrate trustworthiness, honesty, and integrity
  • Engage in intentional self-care
  • Model their lives after the example of Jesus
  • Discern their gifts and calling
  • Foster congruence between outer social behaviors and inner self-awareness
  • Engage in a faith community with others
Habits of the Mind (Capable to Think Critically and Creatively)

Graduates of our programs will:

  • Be able to take and defend a position with accuracy, clarity, and gentleness
  • Generate new ways of viewing situations outside the boundaries of standard conventions with open-mindedness, graciousness, and a restrained impulsivity
  • Engage intensely in tasks even when answers or solutions are not immediately apparent
  • Generate, trust, and maintain their own standards of evaluation
  • Gain an understanding of biblical content and church history
  • Engage in ongoing theological reflection
  • Contextualize faith and culture
Skills of Relationship (The Ability to Manage Social Exchange)

Graduates of our programs will:

  • Create healthy environments and relationships of trust and grace
  • Be responsive and sensitive to human hurt, need, and global justice
  • Cultivate and maintain a web of relationships
  • Foster teamwork, collaboration, and demonstrate accountability
  • Demonstrate flexibility in adapting to changing situations or overcoming obstacles
  • Seek and appropriately respond to feedback
  • Steward their own power and voice
  • Have a capacity to listen and attend to others
Skills of Service (The Ability to Cultivate Effective Ministry)

Graduates of our programs will:

  • Serve as a transforming agent of change
  • Communicate effectively
  • Use and interpret Scripture
  • Inspire others in a deeper spiritual life
  • Relate social issues to faith
  • Coach and engage people in ministry
  • Influence and organize a group in pursuing a common vision and mission
  • Engage a community in strategic thinking and initiating strategic action
  • Develop and steward the needed resources
  • Organize and respond to cultural trends
  • Instill in others a passion for service and mission
  • Understand the nature of conflict and gaining skills to resolve conflicts
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