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The Three Traditions That Shape Our Mission and Why

Three theological traditions shape the mission of the Sider Institute.

The three Christian theological traditions of Anabaptism, Pietism, and Wesleyanism have had a profound influence on the life and thought of the Brethren in Christ Church, the denomination that founded Messiah College in 1909. These three traditions continue to influence the educational mission of Messiah College today.

These traditions emphasize timeless Christian themes -- justification by faith, compassionate service, biblical authority -- while also communicating scriptural insights distinct to each movement, including peace and reconciliation, heart-felt conversion, and personal and social holiness.

To learn more about each of these traditions, click on the link to the left.

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