Statement of Educational Effectiveness (updated 10-8-12)
The Mission of Talbot School of Theology is the development of disciples of Jesus Christ, whose thought processes, character and lifestyles reflect those of our Lord, and who are dedicated to disciple making throughout the world. The objectives that form the general context for our degree programs include theological training, spiritual development, and ministry skill development.
Graduates of Talbot School of Theology report great satisfaction with Talbot’s quality of instruction, particularly in the areas of academics, spiritual life, and ministry skill development.
The theological position of Talbot School of Theology is Christian, Protestant, and theologically conservative. The school earnestly endeavors to make these doctrinal positions a vital reality in the spiritual life of this present generation.
Graduates report that they are highly satisfied with Talbot academic life in the following areas: their ability to think theologically, to use and interpret Scripture, to teach well, and to relate theologically to the social issues of the day. They strongly agree that their faith became stronger at Talbot, and that they are able to integrate theology and ministry. Graduates rate faculty, biblical studies, interaction with fellow students, and spiritual formation (i.e., formation by the Holy Spirit) as some of the more important influences on their educational experience.
Talbot School of Theology purposes to develop the spiritual life of our students in harmony with the great doctrines of the faith.
Graduates report that they are much stronger in the areas of trust in God, knowledge of self, strength of spiritual life, and ability to live out the faith in daily life.
Ministry Skill Development
We aim to educate and graduate students characterized by practical Christian service, missionary and evangelistic zeal, and a working knowledge of the Scriptures.
Talbot graduates report that they are able to integrate theology and ministry. They are satisfied with their ability to think theologically, to use and interpret Scripture, to teach well, to lead others, and to relate theologically to social issues. Additionally, Master of Divinity students are satisfied with their ability to preach well.
Ministry Roles Upon Graduation
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Spring 2012 graduates reported that they were offered a position related to their theological degree upon graduation. Our graduates expect to fill positions within five years in the following areas: pastoral ministry, university teaching, global mission, church planting, youth ministry, spiritual direction, and doctoral study.