Our curriculum, worship, and institutional life are all informed by four key values: Cross-cultural, Urban, Reformed, and Ecumenical.
McCormick is committed to the formation and equipping of Christian leaders who value cultural and racial/ethnic diversity and demonstrate competence in the cross-cultural practices essential for ministry in a church and society that are becoming more diverse and varied with each passing day.
McCormick recognizes the Chicago metropolitan area not only as one of the world’s leading centers for theological study but also as a microcosm of the pluralistic society in which we live and as a unique resource for studying and practicing contextual ministry.
Theological education at McCormick builds on and contributes to the Reformed tradition, recognizing its diversity, and the richness of its past and present historical expressions. We value and promote the fundamental core claims and values in the Reformed tradition, a tradition that is:
- Convicted of the priority of God’s grace,
- Called by Jesus Christ the transformer of culture,
- Grounded in Scripture,
- Committed to justice, freedom, healing, and peace for all people.
McCormick encourages recognition, appreciation, and study of the plurality and diversity of the Christian tradition. We are committed to educational efforts that form Christian leaders with denominational identity, interest in participating in efforts toward Christian unity, and willingness to engage in interfaith dialogues and partnerships.