Mission: We identify and answer the most relevant and pressing scientific, historical, philosophical, & ethical questions college bound Christian teenagers are asking and being asked.
Mission Note: The word "university" is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which roughly means "community of teachers and scholars." When encountering controversial ideas at the college level, early exposure to a range of Christian opinions fosters confident curiosity and thoughtfulness as students work out their own positions under the umbrella of orthodoxy. Students are better prepared for a university setting after being exposed to a range of Biblically faithful answers to difficult questions while emphasizing sound Biblical hermeneutics, sound Biblical exegesis, and, most importantly, the centrality of Jesus to the Christian faith.
Vision: We envision a world where college bound Christian teenagers leave their homes and youth groups and enter college equipped with "good reasons for the hope they have in Jesus" and "intellectual skepticism" is no longer counted among the top reasons young people are leaving the church.
Values: We Value…
Parents and Pastors Who Lead the Way. Ideally, parents and pastors will be the primary influencers in a college bound Christian's life. As a partnering ministry, we supplement your critical work of parenting, shepherding, and discipleship with academically and intellectually focused programs and training.
Intellectual Appreciation and Preparation. Most Christian teens enter the marketplace of ideas with little to sell or trade aside from their personal feelings and opinions and perhaps a memorized Bible verse or two. By embracing the robust academic and intellectual history of Christianity and rejecting anti-intellectual sentiments we're teaching students to love God in spirit and in truth.
Good Answers to Good Questions. It’s normal for young Christians to wrestle with doubts and questions. Unfortunately, many of them receive superficial answers at best and condemnation at worst. We're teaching students to see that loving God and loving each other includes “giving good reasons for the hope we have in Jesus.”
Culture Making. Christianity has, in many ways, lost influence in culture and has given way to anti-Christian advances in the sciences, the arts, economics, philosophy, etc. As Andy Crouch says, Christians seem to regularly condemn culture, critique culture, copy culture, and/or consume culture but rarely are we creating culture. We're teaching students to understand and value their roles as culture makers.
Unity in Essentials, Liberty in Non-Essentials, and Charity in Everything. We do not require our board, staff, speakers, or students to hold strict positions on secondary or non-essential Christian doctrines. We all adhere to the essential doctrines of Christianity, or "Mere Christianity" as C.S. Lewis put it, and we're teaching students to embrace unity with brothers and sisters of different Christian traditions.