In order to preserve the Reformed character of the teaching at the Theological College, faculty members are required to sign the Subscription Form. This form and the practice of signing dates back to the time of the Reformation. The form reads:
The undersigned, a member of the faculty at the Theological College of the Canadian Reformed Churches, does hereby, sincerely, and in good conscience before the Lord, declare by this subscription, that he heartily believes and is persuaded that all the articles and points of doctrine, contained in the doctrinal standards of the Canadian Reformed Churches: the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort, do fully agree with the Word of God.
I promise therefore diligently to teach and faithfully to defend the aforesaid doctrine, without either directly or indirectly, contradicting the same, by my public teaching or writing. I declare, moreover, that I not only reject all errors that militate against this doctrine, but that I am disposed to refute and contradict these and to exert myself in keeping the church free from such errors. If hereafter any difficulties or different sentiments should arise in my mind respecting the aforesaid doctrine, I promise that I will neither publicly nor privately propose, teach or defend the same, either by teaching or by writing, until I have first revealed such sentiments to the Governors, or the Academic Committee appointed by them, and have had such sentiments examined by them. I declare myself ready always to submit to their judgment under the penalty, that in case of refusal, I am by that very fact suspended from office.
Furthermore, if at any time the Governors, upon sufficient grounds for suspicion and to preserve the uniformity and purity of doctrine, may deem it proper to require of me a further explanation of my sentiments respecting any particular article of the above mentioned doctrinal standards, I do hereby promise to be always willing and ready to comply with such requisition, under the penalty above mentioned. I reserve for myself, however, the right of appeal to Synod in case I should believe myself aggrieved by the sentence of the Governors, and until a decision is made upon such an appeal to Synod, I will acquiesce in the determination and judgement already passed.