Mission Statement

EMS Purpose Statement

EMU Mission, Vision, and Values

What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? — Micah 6:8


EMU prepares students to serve and lead in a global context.

Our community of learning integrates Christian faith, academic rigor, artistic creation, and reflective practice informed by the liberal arts, interdisciplinary engagement, and cross-cultural encounter.


We will open new pathways of access and achievement for all students who aspire to grow as unifying leaders equipped with intercultural competence, oriented toward peace and justice, and rooted in an active faith modeled on the life and teachings of Jesus. 


EMU’s mission and vision are grounded in the enduring biblical values of Christian discipleship, community, service, and peace.

These values are embodied throughout the university in our distinctive commitment to peacebuilding, social justice, cross-cultural engagement, and sustainability. Rooted in the Anabaptist tradition, we follow Jesus’ call to bear witness to truth, serve with compassion, and walk boldly in the way of nonviolence and peace.


Mission and values approved by EMU Board of Trustees, June 23, 2017.
Vision approved by EMU Board of Trustees, November 9, 2019.

EMS Vision Statement:

Eastern Mennonite Seminary seeks to be a learning community rooted in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and built on the Christian tradition that discerns and participates in God’s mission, forming and equipping people for diverse ministries in and for the world.

EMS Mission Statement:

Eastern Mennonite Seminary prepares servants of Christ to minister together locally and globally. In response to God’s gracious call, we invite students to embody and bear witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of God’s Spirit as wise interpreters, mature practitioners, discerning communicators, and transformational leaders.

As a seminary situated within Eastern Mennonite University and as a ministry training hub of Mennonite Church USA, we welcome all students who desire to study the scriptures, practices, and theology of the Christian tradition, informed by our Anabaptist heritage.