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Vision and values

Our core purpose is to inspire creative Christian learning marked by evangelical conviction, theological excellence, and Spirit-filled life, that those who train with us might be equipped for mission in the world of change...

vision and values


To this end, we are:

Biblically Rooted

St John’s is an evangelical college, although students from other perspectives and traditions are welcome. We value thoughtful and responsible engagement with Scripture and believe that our lives and ministries should be shaped by biblical understanding as we follow the crucified and risen Jesus.  

Spiritually Alive

We expect God to work today and seek to cultivate a praying, worshipping community in which there is openness to God and to one another. We are shaped by the charismatic stream of Christianity as we look to share in the transformative work of the Spirit, both individually and corporately. These emphases are intrinsic to the rhythms of our life together.

Missionally Active

We are committed to holistic proclamation of the good news of Jesus, and all our students are actively involved in ministry and mission in practice. From our beginnings we have sought to rise to the challenges and opportunities presented by social and cultural change, and we continue to listen to the cultures in which we live and respond with prayer, creativity and energy. In these and other ways we seek to live out the biblical motto chosen by our founders: ‘Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel’ (1 Corinthians 9:16).

Academically Rigorous

While we adapt to meet the challenges of our fast-moving culture, we also maintain the theological excellence that has characterised St John’s since its inception. Our faculty are skilled and experienced educators who are also involved in research, writing and the practice of ministry in a variety of contexts beyond the college.

Relationally Committed

Community life is at the heart of St John’s and we value opportunities to connect with one another in College and in contexts beyond College, through worship, teaching and learning, as well as through eating together and socialising. We seek to create a hospitable culture and value the rich diversity of traditions, backgrounds, worship styles and experiences that characterise life at St John’s.

Actively Collaborative

We seek to work in partnership with churches, dioceses, denominations and networks as we serve God’s kingdom. These partnerships enhance students’ learning as we develop pioneering approaches to ministry and mission in the Midlands and further afield.