Mission & Vision - New Saint Andrews College

Mission & Vision

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Shaping the Culture for Christ

 

Our purpose at New Saint Andrews College is to graduate leaders who shape culture through wise and victorious Christian living. Our mission is to provide young men and women with the highest quality undergraduate and graduate education in liberal arts and culture from a distinctively Christian and Reformed perspective, to equip them for lives of faithful service to the Triune God and His Kingdom, and to encourage the use of their gifts for the growth of Christian culture.

 

“Graduate leaders who shape culture
through 
wise and victorious Christian living.

 

 

Classical Christian Higher Education 

 

Post-secondary education at the undergraduate and graduate levels is historically rooted in the classical liberal arts tradition. Reflective of the Hebraic vision and articulated by ancient Greek and Roman educators, the classical liberal arts curriculum and pedagogy were later refined by medieval church leaders, Reformation and Christian humanist scholars, and Christian university faculties from the Early Modern era until the late 19th century. The classical Christian paradigm for higher learning emphasizes wisdom and truth more than pragmatism, integration and beauty more than specialization, and service and goodness more than power. The College honors this classical Christian heritage and stresses a Trinitarian perspective on truth, beauty, and goodness. In its classical Christian approach to higher learning, the College stresses the integrated nature of knowledge (all things cohere in Christ) and the servant-leader nature of every calling before God (Christ is Lord of all) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

Trinitarian

 

The equal ultimacy and mutual indwelling (perichorisis) of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are reflected in Creation and revealed in Man as the Triune God’s image bearer. The task of Christian scholarship and learning is to see the glory and majesty of the Triune God reflected in His creation and to articulate how all things cohere in Him. “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Col 1:16-17). These truths are often easier to affirm than they are to explain or to demonstrate their application in the classroom and beyond. So the College’s integrative approach to classical Christian higher education stresses the interrelationships between disciplines and their unity and diversity rooted in Christ and the Holy Trinity.

 

Cultural Leadership

 

Jesus described his disciples as the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.” Christian leadership and responsibility in the world is inescapable; the question is whether Christians will lead well or poorly, faithfully or unfaithfully. The College seeks to equip its students with biblical wisdom, integrative knowledge, creative insight and humility to lead our culture faithfully as the servants of all through excellence in the arts, letters, sciences, business, government, the church, and all lawful vocations.

 

Vocations

 

Avocation entails much more than a “job” or “career.” Vocations include all our lawful callings, responsibilities, and labors before God in our different stations and stages of life as sons and daughters, spouses, parents, providers, citizens, and church members. The College seeks to prepare students for faithful servant leadership in all their God-given callings through all stages of life for the glory of God and the advance of His Kingdom.

 

The Classical & Christian Approach to Education

 

In the fullness of time, during the reign of Caesar Augustus, Jesus Christ was born in Palestine. He ministered to a people saturated in Hebrew traditions, who spoke Greek and embraced Greek thought-forms, and who lived under the dominion of Rome and its law. He was crucified on a Roman cross outside Jerusalem, David’s city, and He rose on the third day according to the Hebrew Scriptures.

New Saint Andrews College teaches and emphasizes, above all else, a right understanding of Christ’s lordship over every area of human endeavor. Christianity was established in this setting, and in the providence of God, it grew to maturity in the West. For this reason, New Saint Andrews College teaches and emphasizes the languages, history, and culture of classical antiquity.

The world of classical antiquity was that into which the Gospel was introduced. It was the world that was transformed by that Gospel and grew into what we call Western Civilization. That Gospel is part of our culture’s heritage, along with the Western forms of rebellion that vainly strive against it. This cultural war—between what Augustine described as the City of God and the City of Man—continues down to our own day. For this reason, New Saint Andrews College teaches and emphasizes the history, philosophy, literature, and culture of Western Civilization.

Jesus Christ is Lord over this cultural war; He is the Lord of the West, and Lord of the whole world (Matt. 28:18). He is the Word of God, the One in whom dwell all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3). Every thought, including every academic thought, must be taken captive to Him (2 Cor. 10:5).

For this reason, New Saint Andrews College teaches and emphasizes, above all else, a right understanding of Christ’s lordship over every area of human endeavor. This understanding demands careful instruction in discerning the antithesis between truth and falsehood, between the City of God and the City of Man. Cultivating such discernment calls for focused hard work. It requires exposure to influential ideas, watershed arguments, and primary texts in history, philosophy, literature, and especially, theology. For this reason, New Saint Andrews College employs a rigorous pedagogy centered on reading and student-instructor interaction with what is read.

For these reasons, New Saint Andrews is a classical and Christian college committed by policy and practice to the pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness through the rigorous study of classical antiquity, Western civilization, Christian culture, and the liberal arts in the light and freedom of the Gospel and under the sovereign authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.

New Saint Andrews understands this confessional and educational commitment as a foundation for academic freedom, not a restriction on it. The College’s commitment to the promotion and protection of liberty of thought and free expression is not only consistent with the College’s Christian worldview, but it cannot be consistently maintained without it. Further, the College does not see itself as distinct from other academic institutions in possessing such a faith commitment; every coherent institution has a body of ultimate commitments. The question is not whether New Saint Andrews defines academic freedom in line with an orthodoxy, but rather which orthodoxy will serve this foundational role. We believe that true liberal learning is encouraged and academic freedom is advanced when an institution declares its faith openly and honestly rather than by trying to keep them simultaneously operative and hidden.

At New Saint Andrews, the Triune God revealed in the Bible is our ultimate source and standard of truth, beauty, goodness, liberty, and freedom. Without Him, truth and freedom dissolve into relativism and chaos. We believe historic, biblical Christianity, as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, to be the only basis on which the search for truth and the exercise of liberty are meaningful or possible. Liberty is not the absence of the rule of law, but it is found in keeping the letter and spirit of the Law of God: “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17). For this reason, the College encourages genuine liberal education and protects an environment of genuine liberty of thought and expression, within the parameters of the College’s Statement of Faith (for faculty and administrators) and the Student Code of Conduct (for students).

 

Our Objectives for Students

 

The College’s primary objective for its students is to educate young Christian men and women broadly and deeply in the liberal arts from a distinctively Christian, Reformed perspective, to equip them for lives of faithful service to the Triune God and His kingdom, and to encourage the use of their gifts for the growth of Christian culture. The College expects its students to conduct themselves with all holiness and reverence in word, deed and attitude, to maintain sound doctrine, to nurture a reformational Christian culture, submitting to the Lordship of Christ and to His Word in all areas of life, and to practice and preserve the highest standards of academic integrity.

 

Our Objectives for the College Faculty 

 

College’s primary objective for its faculty is to provide excellent classroom instruction that broadens and deepens student understanding of the liberal arts, to offer a godly example of spiritual maturity, intellectual rigor, wise judgment, and personal integrity, and to engage in scholarly inquiry and creative activities applicable to the classroom and beyond. The College expects its faculty to teach and to engage in scholarly inquiry and creative work from a Reformed perspective in their respective fields of expertise, submitting all to the lordship of Christ and His Word, to practice and preserve the highest standards of academic integrity, and to disseminate the fruit of their studies and creative work in appropriate scholarly and publicly accessible venues.

 

Our Objectives for the College Administration

 

The College’s primary objective for its administration is to provide academic leadership for the faculty, students, and the College as a whole, and to nurture godly personal relationships characterized by mutual submission, respect, and honor with and between the faculty and students. The College expects its administration to encourage an academic culture more familial than institutional, more personal than bureaucratic, more reformational than conformist, and more biblically faithful than submissive to the dominant secular academic paradigms.