Mission & Values

Mission and Values

Mission Statement

The character and purpose of Wycliffe College are described in our mission statement, last revised in 1997:

Wycliffe College, an evangelical Anglican community of learning within the University of Toronto, serves the educational mission of the Church by challenging and encouraging those who seek a fuller understanding of Jesus Christ and his transforming power. By the grace of God, Wycliffe assists in the theological formation of Christian men and women, equips those who are called to specific lay and ordained ministries, and fosters excellence in theological scholarship.

Six Principles

From our foundation in 1877, our teaching and the ethos of our community have reflected the beliefs and values of evangelical Anglicanism. The term 'evangelical' has many current meanings; in the Anglican sense, it refers to the theological wisdom, spirituality, love of Scripture, and commitment to learning characteristic of the Protestant Reformation. Hence, our doctrinal orientation is best expressed in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of the Church of England, as we have summarized and interpreted them in a set of statements known as the Six Principles of the College. Trustees, faculty, staff and students alike subscribe to these Principles:

  1. The sufficiency and supremacy of Holy Scripture as the rule of faith.
  2. Justification by the free grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
  3. One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, the company of all faithful people among whom the pure Word of God is preached and the Sacraments are duly administered.
  4. The sufficiency and perfection of Christ's sacrifice once made upon the Cross and the priesthood in Christ of the whole Church, of which the ordained ministry is representative.
  5. The historic episcopate, a primitive and effective instrument for maintaining the unity and continuity of the Church.*
  6. The presence of Christ by his gift in the hearts of all who worthily and with faith receive the Holy Communion.

*Non-Anglicans should note that the fifth principle does not assert the exclusive validity of an episcopal polity.

Statement of Moral Vision

We share not only a common intellectual life, but a common moral life as well. We believe that the following virtues are requisite for the high calling of ministerial leadership in Christ's Church. The College's goal is excellence in preparing students for life long ministries of prayer, study and emotional health.

We Are Called To Generosity Of Spirit
We commend participation in programs of help for others, in the community or at the College, such as the College mission or service project.

We Are Called To Sobriety
We are called to avoid illegal drugs and alcohol abuse.

We Are Called To Fidelity And Self-Discipline
We follow the teaching of Scripture, tradition, and the position of the majority of the global Anglican Communion that the appropriate context for sexual union is between husband and wife, and we deem this norm appropriate for all Christians.

We Are Called To Devotion
Such a life includes private prayer, meditation on Scripture, and public worship. Ordinands in particular are expected to take part in our worship life in the Chapel.

We Are Called To Respect Others
This entails honoring the College Code of Non-Academic Behavior, especially with respect to sexual harassment and abuse.

We Are Called To Be Honest
This entails honoring the TST's Code of Academic Behavior, especially with respect to plagiarism and cheating.

In addition to the Six Principles and Mission Statement, members of the Wycliffe community are expected to honour the College's character as defined by this vision of our common moral life, and to conduct their lives appropriately.