Given the prominent place the New Testament gives to fellowship within the church, and because it is so important to our spiritual accountability and spiritual growth, we expect all faculty and staff, regardless of position, to maintain the discipline of weekly corporate worship at a local church. We further believe that fellowship within the church is an important part of the modeling responsibility of all who work at the University.
It is a University expectation that this local church be in substantial agreement with the University Doctrinal Statement as defined by the eleven foundational long held conservative evangelical doctrinal positions listed below.
Accordingly we expect all faculty and staff to not be members of local churches which openly and actively preach and teach positions in opposition to the University Doctrinal Statement.
A church that is in substantial agreement with the University Doctrinal Statement is defined as follows:
- Believe in the inerrancy of and the supreme and final authority in faith and life of Scripture, both the Old and New Testament.
- Believe in One God - eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent existing as three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Believe the Lord Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and that He is both true God and true Man.
- Believe that the Holy Spirit indwells and gives life to believers, enables them to understand the Scriptures, empowers them for godly living and equips them for service and witness.
- Believe that the creation lies in the special, immediate, and formative acts of God and not from previously existing forms of life.
- Believe man was created perfect in the image of God, that he sinned, which is separation from God, and all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and are sinners in thought, word and deed.
- Believe in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for our sins and in the literal bodily resurrection of the crucified Lord, according to the Scriptures.
- Believe in Justification by Grace alone, through Faith alone, and in Christ alone.
- Believe in the literal, bodily return of Jesus Christ to set up His eternal kingdom.
- Believe in the resurrection of the dead; the saved to a life eternal in heaven with God; the unsaved to eternal judgment in the lake of fire.
- Believe it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to be involved in evangelism, giving the gospel of Christ to the whole world.