The Seminary seeks to encourage the growth of each student as a maturing disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, as exemplified in the formation of character and attitudes, in the formation of skills for ministry, and the development of understanding and theological depth.
In terms of character formation, the Seminary looks for growth in such areas as: a deepening spiritual maturity exemplified by Christlikeness and a Spirit-filled life, a tolerance of different viewpoints, a positive attitude to life in general and to the Church of Jesus Christ and its ministry in particular, a servant attitude and behavior in leadership, an openness to teachability and life-long learning, attitudes of honesty, integrity and sincerity, an openness to correction and discipline, a compassionate spirit for all people and particularly for the poor, oppressed and marginalized, a willingness to take up responsibilities as given by others with an acceptance of accountability, and an acceptance of relationships with a wide variety of kinds of people.
In the area of ministerial formation, the Seminary seeks to impart skills in various areas such as communication, particularly in preaching and teaching for different age groups, in developing leadership abilities in church and Christian organizations, administrative skills, including organizing and implementing programmes, conducting worship and other Christian services, outreach skills, especially in evangelism, missions and social service, and development of relational skills in working with different groups of people with different needs.
In terms of theological formation, the concern of the Seminary is to assist students to gain a sound Biblical knowledge based on proper hermeneutical principles, along with the development of critical thinking and a personal theological system. This involves the development of a personal worldview, an awareness of the contemporary world and the relevance of biblical teaching to its needs, the development of an issue-oriented theology, the development of a biblically-based ethical and moral system, an appreciation and understanding of the past and its relationship to the present, and a willingness to assume leadership for the development of such theological understandings among lay Christians, for the building up and maturity of the Church.
It is recognized that all three of these areas are interrelated and that development in any one area should have a corresponding impact and growth in the others, in order to assist in the integration of the whole person as a minister of the God.