University description (as per official university website)
The Presbyterian College is a theological College of The Presbyterian Church in Canada and a member of the McGill University Consortium of theological colleges. Its primary goal is to educate candidates for the ministry of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. The College seeks to be a centre for education and research in Reformed theology, attracting students from churches in Canada, the U.S.A. and elsewhere.
It is committed to the distinctives of the Reformed tradition: the sovereignty of God, the centrality of Christ, the authority of Scripture and the tenets of the Christian tradition attested to by the ecumenical creeds and Reformed confessions. The aim of the College is to advance the understanding of the Reformed tradition, to communicate its vitality and relevance and thus to assist the Church in its global mission as it enters the 21st century.
Understanding Our Future: During the past two years the Presbyterian College, Montreal has been engaged in strategic planning. The Senate has concluded that the rapidly changing and changed context of the culture and the Church has profound implications for the pool of potential students, the programs required, and the ministries for which they will be preparing. We serve a denomination confronted by serious challenges within a culture that is quickly losing any Christian memory. This particular moment demands faithful Christian witness and prophetic leadership in theological education. For this reason, the Senate adopted a report which recommends exploration of alternate forms of ministry, differing models of theological education, and an expanded student body preparing itself for a broader range of futures than the College has traditionally addressed.
Affirming Our Identity: The Presbyterian College is a theological college of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and a member of the Joint Board of Theological Colleges. It is affiliated with the McGill University Faculty of Religious Studies and cooperates with the University of Montreal Faculty of Theology. The College seeks to be a centre for education and research in Reformed theology, open to students and scholars from Canada, the U.S.A. and elsewhere. It is committed to the Reformed tradition: the sovereignty of God, the centrality of Christ, the authority of Scripture and the tenets of the Christian tradition attested to by the ecumenical creeds and Reformed confessions. As an evangelical and ecumenical community of faith and learning in the Reformed tradition, it is committed to the scholarly study of the Scriptures and theology in the service of the church. Since 1865, the primary goal of the College has been to educate candidates for the ordained ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. This remains a vital focus for the Presbyterian College. Given the changing culture within the Church and without, we are presented with new challenges and opportunities for theological education and leadership training. These include education and training for specialized and lay ministries, preparation of candidates for ordination within other denominations, leadership development for current clergy, and the education of lay people seeking to further their Christian knowledge.
Discerning Our Mission: ''Shaping Transformational Church Leaders" The Presbyterian College is committed to a threefold approach to theological education: (1) teaching the Christian faith in the Reformed tradition, focusing on the prophetic and faithful proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; (2) developing appropriate leadership skills for a Reformed and reforming church; and (3) fostering spiritual maturity within a vital community of faith and learning in the Reformed tradition. Our objective is to influence the greatest possible number of students for ordained and other forms of leadership in the church, shaping leaders who are called by God to transform communities of faith, focused on Christ, founded on Scripture and empowered by the Holy Spirit.