Educational Goals and Values

Core Values

Three core values shape the goals and objectives of Grace University; Academic excellence, life change and world impact. In line with its mission, the overall goal is for each student to becomes a well-balanced, Christ-like person who is a biblically literate student, an engaging citizen, a compassionate leader, and a global Christian. Recognizing that Christian education is a process rooted in the Bible and directed by the Holy Spirit, the University establishes the following goals and objectives for students to meet prior to graduating from the University:

  • A comprehensive working knowledge of the Bible, including Bible doctrine.
  • A growing love for Christ and His people.
  • To be a world Christian with a growing awareness of and involvement in God’s worldwide program of redemption.
  • A Christian worldview that integrates General Education studies with biblical truth.
  • An ability to serve Christ effectively.
  • A Christian value-system that is reflected in Christian character, attitudes, decisions and actions.
  • An ability to function at a level of competency within their chosen area of study at their level of preparation.
  • A lifestyle of lifelong spiritual, intellectual, emotional, relational, and physical health.

Philosophy of Christian Education

Grace University is committed to a Christian philosophy of education. This means that every facet of the University program is conditioned and directed by a Christ-centered, biblical perspective. Questions relative to the meaning, purpose, and goals of education are answered in the light of Scripture. The following statements briefly present the University’s Christian philosophy of education.

  • Ultimate reality is found beyond man in the Triune God who created and now sustains all things.
  • Mankind is morally depraved and is dependent upon and answerable to a holy God. Every human has the capacity of knowing God.
  • The Bible, God’s inerrant, authoritative revelation to man, provides the essence of truth.
  • Disciplined, empirical study in all disciplines is valuable and helps to develop perspective, knowledge, and skill; It is always wise to examine the presuppositions and world views that influence researchers in the sciences and the creative aspects of the various arts.
  • The objective of Christian Education is to glorify God through salvation, maturation, and service.
  • The Bible is the core and integrating factor for the entire curriculum.
  • The teacher and student are both significant in the educative process with the Holy Spirit being the chief source for both.
  • Each faculty member is committed to excellence, theological soundness, and spiritual fervor, no matter under which academic discipline that the instructor teaches.
  • The University is committed to the local church as the primary agency through which God works.
  • The alumni are considered a strategic force within the home, the church, and the world.

This dynamic philosophy of education has been affirmed for 63 years. The University’s current leadership is as deeply convinced today, as were the founding fathers, that the Bible is the only dependable lens through which all knowledge must be viewed in the search for truth. Grace University remains committed to offering an education that is distinctively biblical.

Servant Leadership Training

Grace University recognizes that as a part of academic excellence, students need to develop practical skills for effective service. This is best accomplished through “hands-on” ministry.

Weekly Servant Leadership Training provides students with field experience in a variety of ministries. It provides opportunities for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom in an actual ministry situation. This should result in personal growth and the development of ministry skills–both of which are essential in preparing for effective service, no matter what vocational choice is made by the student.

The general objectives of Servant Leadership Training for students are to:

  • Become involved in ministries of evangelism and edification.
  • Discover, develop, and use his/her spiritual gifts.
  • Demonstrate personal responsibility and accountability in ministry.
  • Develop character traits and ministry skills essential for effective service.

Servant Leadership Training is an integral part of the total educational program of the University; therefore, it is listed with all other courses students are expected to complete. All undergraduate students must successfully complete as many semesters of Servant Leadership Training as required in their programs of study. For example, students enrolled in four-year degree programs will complete a minimum of eight semesters of Servant Leadership Training; associate degree students will complete a minimum of four semesters of Servant Leadership Training. EXCEL students, please refer to the section of the catalog titled “Programs” and look under the EXCEL Degree Completion Program for specific requirements regarding Servant Leadership Training.

All part-time students should complete one unit of Servant Leadership Training for every fifteen (15) academic credits earned at the University. Students enrolled in the Cooperative Programs at Grace University, must register for regular weekly Servant Leadership Training.

Students must participate in Servant Leadership Training in the semester the student graduates. If a student plans to graduate in the summer, he/she should complete the Servant Leadership Training during the spring semester just prior to graduation or make special arrangements to complete Servant Leadership Training requirements during the summer.

Freshmen and transfer students begin their Servant Leadership Training with orientation and observation sessions, and attend the SLT Fair their first semester. The fair provides opportunities for students to speak directly with representatives from churches and Christian organizations regarding possible ministries. Freshmen will be involved in observing upperclassmen in their SLTs during the first semester, along with choosing their own assignment. Transfer students must complete Servant Leadership Training units proportionate to the hours necessary to complete their degree requirements.

Students have many opportunities to participate in Servant Leadership Training at local churches, para-church, and community service organizations. Students submit weekly accountability reports and permanent records are kept of each student’s participation.

The faculty’s Servant Leadership Training Committee evaluates student performance near the close of each semester. Students must successfully complete each semester of Servant Leadership Training to be eligible for graduation. Students are reviewed for graduation by the Director and the Servant Leadership Training Committee. The evaluation takes into consideration student performance, the weekly SLT reports, and evaluations submitted by ministry supervisors each semester.

The director of Servant Leadership Training is available for encouragement, counsel, supervision, and leadership to assist students in gaining competence in specific areas of ministry.

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