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CURRICULUM AND EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

The institution’s curriculum is rooted in a commitment to the plenary and verbal inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, the original documents of which are inerrant as to fact and infallible as to truth. Through its curriculum the institution remains committed to providing a theological and biblical education to last a lifetime.

CURRICULUM

Such an education should enable our students to develop careers in service to our Lord and to assume ever greater responsibilities as new opportunities arise in our constantly changing world. The curriculum emphasizes various educational and spiritual goals as agreed upon by the faculty. Students should gain the following:

† An introduction to the breadth of learning in the Christian tradition;

† An ability to think biblically, theologically, logically, analytically, and independently within the Christian tradition;

† An ability to understand the inter-relationships among the various fields of biblical and theological studies, and the significance one discipline has for another;

† An ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and compassionately, both orally and in writing;

† An ability to maintain a vital and edifying life of worship and spiritual formation that promotes discipleship, Christian service, and the furtherance of the Gospel; and

† An ideal of leadership and life-style that accurately reflects the example of Jesus Christ.

Note: Although the general curriculum for each degree program is designed to meet national norms and maximize learning, the institution reserves the right to make minimal course adjustments (utilizing professional judgement) to any program curriculum if the adjustments better assist the student in meeting educational or vocational goals, and if the required program hours are not reduced.

EDUCATION 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.