Educational Philosophy

Commitment to the Scriptures

The institution is committed to the authority of the inerrant Scriptures. From this firm commitment to God’s inspired, authoritative, and written revelation stems a system of doctrine in which the great truths of the Christian faith are affirmed and expounded.

Theological Position

The theological position of the institution can be described as orthodox, conservative, and evangelical. The educational philosophy is based on this biblical foundation and built within this confessional framework. Every learning experience, course, department, and degree program must relate to a commitment to scriptural authority. The institution is an interdenominational, nonprofit, religious, and educational institution that respects the right of students to affiliate with the evangelical denomination or synod of their choice. The institution reserves the right to determine whether or not an evangelical denomination or synod falls under the guidelines of Christian orthodoxy.

Relevance of the Scriptures

Instructors are concerned for each student’s academic pursuit of knowledge in biblical, theological, and ministerial disciplines. Along with maintaining high academic standards in the teaching and learning process, the instructors also are to minister to the personal and spiritual needs of the students, with the goal of fostering spiritual growth through interaction with divine truths.

Dependence on God’s Gifts of Grace

Since communication of God’s truth is a divine-human process in which the instructor seeks to minister God’s truths to and in the lives of students, instructors and students need to depend on God in the teacher-learning process. The divine-human process adds an essential spiritual dimension and dynamic to the institution’s curriculum and provides a unique classroom climate and a distinctive theological education.

Student and Faculty Interaction

Instructors actively involve their students in the education and training process. This is accomplished through numerous means such as lectures, note-taking, discussions, reports, research projects, exegetical papers, examinations, readings, faculty-student dialogues, etc. These, coupled with practical training activities including field ministry, practicums, and internships, help foster maximum learning in a Christian academic environment.