Philosophy of Christian Education

Christian liberal arts education affords students an opportunity to explore the deeper meaning of life while remaining centered in a biblical worldview. Christian Education from the Wesleyan-Holiness perspective includes the formation of the whole person. Engaging higher learning should nurture a healthy balance of spiritual discipline, academic rigor, and practical application in preparing students for a specific calling or vocation.

While the chief objective of the Christian liberal arts is to guide students in exploring a broad range of subjects and discovering the application of their chosen field, remaining centered in a biblical worldview is essential. The Scripture should inform Christian higher education from beginning to end: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Christian liberal arts education is the stewardship of developing human beings created in the image of God while preparing them to engage the mission of God regardless of their chosen field of study. Christian higher education carries a great responsibility in the shaping of young minds to the mind of Christ in all areas of study and discipline. Thus, effective training in the Christian liberal arts from the Wesleyan-Holiness perspective includes: (1) Centeredness in a biblical worldview; (2) Formation of the whole person; (3) Stewardship of the Imago Dei; and (4) Preparation to enter the Missio Dei.

Quote from Phineas Bresee

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“This is our constant attitude and walk. Our continued song is: ‘All for Jesus…’ and our constant desire and effort is to be like Him and do His will. The ministry of the Holy Ghost is to be a constant anointing. Walking in the same way, maintaining the same consecration and trust, He abides, illuminating the Word of God, leading forth in the truth and revealing Jesus Christ in us; kindling, intensifying, thrilling, overflowing, and empowering as we may need. We are thus assured that it is the will of God, our constant and especially our present enduement with His Spirit.” (Certainties of Faith – Victory Day – Acts 2:37).