Department Profile

Mission Statement

The Theology Department seeks to lead students, colleagues, Dordt College, and the Christian community, both locally and globally, into more faithful service to the Triune God and his mission through deepening knowledge of God's scriptural revelation, of the church's response to this revelation, and the church's participation in God's mission of the restoration of all creation.

Program Strengths

  • A balanced approach to academic knowledge and learning through practical experience (e.g., leading in student worship, participation in church ministry)
  • A commitment to engaging contemporary culture with discernment, wisdom, and creative culture-making contributions
  • A learning community of students and faculty encouraging and helping each other to learn and grow
  • A celebration of the universality of Christ's church, the authority of the Christian Scriptures, and the distinctive contributions of the Reformed tradition
  • A faculty with a variety of passions, emphases, and experiences in ministry
  • Alumni success in serving God's mission through further education, church ministry, and kingdom service

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Grow in love and service of God and his world. (Religious Orientation)
  2. Display a commitment to faithful Christian discipleship by being image bearers of God and Christian agents of reconciliation in relationship to God, other humans, and God's creation. (Creational Structure and Contemporary Response)
  3. Achieve a biblical literacy, including articulating the biblical narrative and Reformed Christian theological framework for interpretation and application. (Creational Development)
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of major developments in church history and the church's expression of her faith. (Creational Development)
  5. Assess contemporary ecclesiastical expressions and theological issues. (Contemporary Response)
  6. Develop creative ways to express the biblical message in contemporary culture. (Contemporary Response)