- To train leaders and workers to serve in local churches and Christian schools.
- To train pastors and missionaries to plant and lead local churches.
- To provide continuing education for pastors and church staff members who are serving in local churches.
- To provide Christians the opportunity for spiritual growth and spiritual enrichment.
It is our conviction that philosophy must first and foremost be based on theology. Our understanding of the existence and nature of God and His relationship with and purpose for mankind will necessarily affect every area of human knowledge and endeavor. Our deeply held view at VBC is that the universe in which we live is the direct product of divine creation. We believe that the God of creation is the Triune God who has revealed Himself to us through the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that the Bible is the inerrant product of divine inspiration and is to be interpreted literally and accepted as God’s Word and, therefore, absolute truth. The Scriptures describe mankind as having been morally and spiritually corrupted through the fall and as being incapable of himself of reformation. Redemption has been made possible only through the initiative of God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Salvation and fellowship with God can be attained only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
These precepts cause us to reject utterly the humanistic educational philosophies. These philosophies are generally characterized by a concentration on the satisfaction of human needs through the pursuit of knowledge derived from human observation by means of the scientific method. The institutions and programs under such a philosophy are guided by the prevailing tenets and mores of human society.
A thoroughly Scriptural philosophy of education begins with the centrality of Christ. All things exist by Him and for Him. From start to finish the primary goal of the educational process is to glorify God. The Christian considers God to be the source of all wisdom and knowledge. The Scriptures, as inspired divine revelation, provide not only the most important body of knowledge available to men, but they also become the filter and the illuminator which allows the Christian to properly evaluate and interpret knowledge stemming from the natural revelation or any other source. The Word of God, therefore, must be in fact the foundation stone upon which Christian education is built. Its truths must be the basis of all spiritual training and must also be integrated into every academic discipline. Rather than reflecting the mores of society, the values taught in Scriptures provide the spiritual compass that guides the Christian educational process. The culmination of the process should be spiritually mature graduates who apply the precepts of God’s Word to the problems of the real world. In doing so, the Christian brings glory to His Heavenly Father and compassionate help to society.
We are not so presumptuous as to believe that these lofty goals can be achieved through mere human effort. It is essential for everyone involved in the process of Christian education—administration, faculty, and student—to seek and surrender to the empowering Holy Spirit. It is only through His enabling that a truly Christian education can be accomplished.
- Each student will display spiritual and emotional maturity and evangelistic zeal.
- Each student will be able to lead others to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Each student will be involved in local church ministry, reflecting not only personal convictions regarding the truth, but also a servant’s attitude in serving a flock through conscientious, dedicated, and sacrificial labor.
- Each student will demonstrate a good working knowledge of the inspired, inerrant Word of God and will be able to formulate a Bible-based theology, discern doctrinal truth from error, and support his faith with Scripture.
- Each student will be able to communicate the practical implications of the Christian faith and to apply them to the ethical issues of the day.
- Each student will be able to personalize the Word of God through careful research and study.
- Each student will communicate effectively in speaking and writing the English language.
- Each student will show a biblical self-understanding as a basis for understanding others, their institutions, and cultures.
- Each student will be able to summarize the history and heritage of the American Republic and will exercise his rights and responsibilities as a citizen.
- Each student will be able to counsel individuals, discern their needs, and help them to grow personally and spiritually.
- Each student will demonstrate skills and an understanding adequate for the work he is to do in lay or professional ministry.
- Each student will be able to demonstrate analytical thinking and problem-solving.
- Each student will evidence knowledge common to higher education.
- Each student will demonstrate competence in the use of tools and methods appropriate to the pursuit of higher education and life-long learning.