The mission of Acadia Divinity College is to equip Christian leaders for full-time and volunteer ministry in Canada and the world.
Through offering full-time and part-time degree programs at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral level, as well as continuing education opportunities, Acadia Divinity College (ADC) seeks to equip and encourage Canadian and international students for effective Christian ministry. While highly valuing a challenging and rigorous curriculum, ADC seeks to make theological education accessible by charging affordable tuition, providing scholarship and bursary assistance, and by offering courses in such a way that students can complete their programs through full-time or part-time study, in Wolfville or from elsewhere in the Maritime Provinces.
ADC views itself as a partner to all Christian ministries and denominations, seeking to encourage and strengthen those called to Christian leadership and scholarship, while at the same time acknowledging and celebrating its Baptist roots. While ADC has a special affection for, and calling to serve, the people and churches of Atlantic Canada, ADC also understands its mandate as worldwide. The College seeks to serve churches and students by partnering with other educational institutions and ministries to provide quality theological education in various languages of instruction through international teaching sites and partnerships with affiliated colleges.
Respect for the Scriptures:
At Acadia we have a high view of the scriptures and view them as foundational to all we do in life and ministry. Therefore, we require all students to take courses in Biblical Studies and Theology during their program. We believe that study of the scriptures at a very high level is an essential foundation for Christian leadership.
Respect for the Local Church in all its Expressions:
We know that local churches come in all shapes and sizes, are located in a variety of settings, and experience different struggles and successes. We love them all as localized expressions of the Body of Christ, no matter what their denominational affiliation or ministry style. Our desire is to help all students and churches grow and become all that God wants them to be.
Respect for all Avenues of Ministry:
We understand that God has called some to ministry roles that are primarily located outside the context of a local church. Whether someone is called to denominational service, higher education, chaplaincy, international ministry, campus ministry, para-church ministry, marketplace ministry, or another form of service within the wider church, students can find support for academic study that enriches you and your ministry here.
Respect for Academic Rigour:
Students who study at Acadia pursue their studies at a divinity college within one of Canada’s most respected universities. Students can be confident that ADC will stretch them academically and challenge their mind; helping them to think carefully about how to advance the ministry they have been called to. When students graduate, they can be proud of the degree and title they have earned.
Respect for Creativity and Innovation:
At Acadia we understand that ministry in the 21st century will not look like ministry in the 20th century. People who desire to study in an environment that will support them as they think deeply about new and fresh approaches to ministry will feel at home at Acadia.
Respect for Your Unique Identity and Calling:
There is no ‘cookie cutter’ look or feel for graduates of Acadia. We don’t want students to graduate and then preach, teach, or lead the same way as every other graduate. We understand and celebrate that God has given each student a unique set of gifts, abilities, and experiences to be used for advancing His Kingdom. We want to help all students fulfill their calling by becoming a better servant-leader in keeping with who it is God made them to be.
Respect for the Demands of Life and Ministry:
We understand that family responsibilities and ministry duties are important and sometimes swallow up more time than anticipated. While we want to encourage students to finish their studies as quickly as possible, we understand that people may need a little flexibility. Students are encouraged to talk to their professor or the Dean of Students when significant life or ministry changes mean they need a little flexibility and grace.
Respect for Your Time:
We believe in serving you with excellence. We do our best to respond to phone calls and e-mails in a timely manner and thus provide students with the support they need to excel in their studies.