Our Mission

Mission Statement

Candler School of Theology is grounded in the Christian faith and shaped by the Wesleyan tradition of evangelical piety, ecumenical openness, and social concern. Its mission as a university-based school of theology is to educate—through scholarship, teaching, and service—faithful and creative leaders for the church’s ministries in the world.


Candler is committed to:

Mission Statement and Commitments adopted by the Candler Faculty, December 7, 1992

Vision Statement

Candler School of Theology seeks continually to strengthen its role as an intellectually vital, internationally distinguished, and intentionally diverse university-based school of theology, committed to educating ministers, scholars of religion, and other leaders, expanding knowledge of religion and theology, deepening spiritual life, strengthening the public witness of the churches, and building upon the breadth of Christian traditions, particularly the Wesleyan heritage, for the positive transformation of church and world. 

The Six Core Values of Candler School of Theology