The Mission of PTS

The Mission

The Presbyterian Theological Seminary is a pastoral and academic institution serving the Lord Jesus Christ through his Church. Its mission is to train men and women for ministerial duties in Cameroon and abroad. The theoretical and practical formation of theological students is complemented by the exercise of the ministry of Word and Sacraments as they bear witness to Jesus Christ through the mediation of the Holy Spirit in the mission of the whole Church and the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon in particular.

The mission of the Church emanates from God´s redemptive act in this world through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and Jesus´ Great Commission to His disciples to evangelise and announce the message of salvation to humanity. The Seminary maintains an academic excellence in the tradition of scholarship in the teaching of biblical, systematic, historical, practical/pastoral, philosophical, social and theological disciplines.

The mission statement of the Seminary is based on the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon´s teaching on scriptures (Old Testament and New Testament) as the supreme rule of faith and practice. The scriptures bear witness to Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, and only in obedience to the witness of the scriptures will the Church in Cameroon be able to walk towards her goal, the coming Kingdom of God. The Seminary, which operates under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, accepts the Apostles´ Creed and the Nicene Creed as the appropriate expressions of its faith and as a safeguard against heretical teachings. The Seminary believes in and teaches the Trinitarian Doctrine.

The Seminary uses all theological resources to instill in the students an appropriate interpretation of the timeless message of and about Jesus Christ within the changing socio-historical, political, economic, cultural and social circumstances in Cameroon, Africa and the world at large.

The Vision

The Vision of the Presbyterian theological Seminary is to provide Christian and Church leaders with holistic ministerial formation in a multicultural context. This is characterised by three distinctive goals: Spiritual Formation; Theological training; and transformational Development.

The PTS pledges to achieve these goals through her four distinctive commitments:

Reformed & Ecumenical

The Presbyterian Theological Seminary is an institution of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon based on the reformed Tradition, an identity we jealously clinch to and consider to be a fundamental basis of wisdom and strength for our mission. However, the PTS has an ecumenical, intercultural, multicultural and international institution which sees Christ as the centre of our common humanity.

Scholarship & Spirituality

As fundamental to the Reformed heritage, the PTS holds fast to academic excellence as a dedicated expression of her obedience to God’s endowments. The PTS nurtures intellectual curiosity through the fostering of theological research and at the same time, the development of individuals and communal spirituality. An important part of the academic and spiritual experience at the PTS is the residential community, complimented by the field education experiences.

Tradition and Innovation

The cardinal principle of the Reformed Tradition is the impulse towards innovation: Ecclesia simper reformanda est (The Church must always be Reformed) or: Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda (The Church reformed, always Reforming). The PTS maintains its core commitment to preparing pastors for parish ministry in the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon while providing room in the curriculum for innovative Christian ministry and service within a multicultural, social and political context.