Mission

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Brite Divinity School educates and inspires people to serve God’s diverse world as leaders in churches, the academy, and public life.

  • Provide excellent graduate theological degree programs and offerings in lay and continuing education
  • Recruit a growing, talented, and vital student body by:
    • welcoming students of varied theological perspectives
    • encouraging a learning community that provides careful grounding in spiritual and vocational formation; assures exceptional intellectual preparation; develops skills in pastoral care; nurtures the gifts required to meet the challenges of congregational leadership and help churches grow spiritually and numerically; equips leaders for non-congregational settings of ministry; and fosters a global vision for religious leadership
    • providing scholarships that make theological education affordable
    • implementing lay and continuing education programs that increase readiness for ministry with particular attention to underserved populations
    • promoting proactive student recruitment
  • Retain and recruit a faculty and staff committed to sustaining excellence by:
    • fostering a collegial community that supports the flourishing of superior scholarship and teaching, individual initiative, teamwork, and innovation
    • providing institutional support that encourages professional growth and development
  • Support the professional formation of spiritually-centered, imaginative, and critically-reflective religious leaders through:
    • a curriculum that is grounded in scripture, practices and traditions
    • classroom environments that encourage creativity and critical dialogue
    • curricular and co-curricular experiences that promote the integration of theory and practice
  • Equip leaders to serve in an increasingly diverse church and society by maintaining and promoting:
    • an intentionally inclusive community of diverse students, faculty, and staff
    • a curriculum that addresses religious plurality and inequity in areas such as gender, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, citizenship status, and differing abilities
    • church studies programs that explore vital issues of racially and culturally underrepresented faith communities
    • a Catholic Lecture series and study of Judaism, Islam, and other religious traditions
  • Encourage the experience of community formed by God’s reconciling and transforming love and justice among students, staff, and faculty by:
    • upholding A Covenant for Community Life at Brite Divinity School
    • strengthening the worship life of the community
    • sponsoring other opportunities that contribute to shared life
  • Engage alumni/ae in mutually supportive relationships, including special events, newsletters, web, and the Alumni/ae Council
  • Maintain and develop a Board of Trustees that is informed, committed, and diverse
  • Strengthen our historic and collaborative relationship with Texas Christian University
  • Uphold our historic and cooperative relationship to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Sustain and develop commitments to other denominations that enrich the ecumenical learning community at Brite
  • Ensure exceptional educational resources by:
    • continuing to strengthen Brite’s sound financial position
    • maintaining and expanding excellent facilities
    • assuring excellent library collection development for all programs
    • providing state-of-the-art strategically-positioned informational technology resources
    • sustaining collaborative relationships with congregations
  • Contribute to public discourse by sponsoring and participating in local, national, and international discussion of contemporary academic, church and public issues