Core Values

The Cedarville Covenant

At Cedarville, we are a community of believers accountable to one another, called to reflect the character of Jesus Christ and to be obedient to His Word. We will be faithful in our support for the local church and in our practice of spiritual disciplines. We will practice biblical principles of encouragement, exhortation, and reconciliation. We commit ourselves to integrity, kindness, purity, and self-control and to continual growth in scholarship, leadership, and service.

Therefore, as members of the Cedarville community, we regularly affirm our commitment to the Cedarville Covenant with this pledge: We will love God and others, live with integrity, and pursue excellence in all we do.

Love for God

The Cedarville Covenant begins with a promise to help one another become more like Christ. At Cedarville, we help students develop disciplines that support spiritual growth. Things like participation in meaningful worship experiences, life-changing ministry opportunities, and healthy forms of spiritual accountability help students grow spiritually. Jesus taught that the most important measures of spirituality are loving God and loving people. One way that we demonstrate our commitment to being a Christ-centered community is by taking this charge seriously.

Corporate worship through experiences like church and chapel, and more private practices like personal Bible study and a healthy respect for the importance of the Sabbath, are among the things that Cedarville encourages that help students express their love for God. These disciplines also shape our character, making us more like Jesus Christ.

Love for Others

God uses Christian community to encourage and shape our walk with Christ. One of the most valuable parts of your experience at Cedarville will be the lifelong friendships that start and grow while you are here. Members of the Cedarville community are encouraged to be people of refuge, ready to listen and quick to offer encouragement. As members of this community, we commit to love each other and to serve one another with humility and personal sacrifice. Sometimes this involves shared times of celebration. Other times it requires the courage to lovingly confront, rebuke, or correct another member of the community.

Integrity in Conduct

The biblical definition of integrity involves having strong character and adhering to high moral principles. The book of Proverbs portrays integrity as an essential characteristic of an upright life. A person who walks with integrity is a person who habitually does the right thing. When Cedarville students pledge to live with integrity, it is a promise to be truthful and honest and to live up to the highest values of our community.

We emphasize the importance of honesty and truthfulness in all aspects of life at Cedarville. Integrity in conduct includes honoring the commitments we have made, being people of our word, submitting to the authorities in our lives, and obeying
the laws of the land. We expect students to live with integrity and to honor their commitment to abide by the rules and guidelines of this community.

Excellence in Effort

One of the words used to describe life at Cedarville is the word rigorous. Our academic programs are challenging, and you will find many people here who are dedicated to helping you do your very best. We encourage students to make academics one of their very highest priorities.

After you have planned time into your schedule for academic study, there are many other ways for you to get involved and have a rich college experience. Cedarville students recognize that excellence in effort is just as important to the aspects of college life that occur outside of the classroom. We want our students to do their best as ministry leaders, in community service, or in the roles that they play in student organizations.