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grams to enable students to fulfill, as effectively

as their potential will allow, God’s purpose or call-

ing for their lives. We prepare students for various

vocational responsibilities, whether they serve

God in their home country or in a crosscultural

setting. We also understand that vocational

responsibility must always come with a balance of

home, church and other community responsibili-

ties. Fulfilling one’s responsibilities in a godly, bal-

anced way is our reasonable ministry (service);

this perspective is equally true whether one

serves in a vocational ministry position or in a vol-

unteer ministry position.

Program Design

To fulfill these personal and vocational goals, we

offer a variety of academic programs, with Bible

as the core of each. To master the Bible, it is nec-

essary to know its content and understand its

meaning. Further, to apply the truth of the

Scripture so that it changes patterns of thinking

and behavior is vitally important. Skill in observ-

ing, interpreting and applying God’s Word is nec-

essary. Bible surveys, book studies, topical Bible

studies (e.g., theology) and Bible-related subjects

are designed with these purposes in mind. To

develop skill in the use of the Bible, tools for

study and communication are learned and used in

such courses as hermeneutics, biblical languages,

homiletics and others. However, to make Christ

known in the full sense of the word, it is neces-

sary not only to study the Bible and Bible-related

subjects, but to know the people to whom we

would make Christ known and how to communi-

cate best with those people.

As an institution of higher education, there are at

least two relevant reasons for studying general

education. First, an important part of studying the

various disciplines in general education is to

become the fully formed, creative, reasoning,

social creatures that God designed us to be. In so

doing we enter into richer relationships with both

God and our neighbors. The second vital reason

to study general education is the ability to com-

municate Christ effectively. By becoming well-

formed, not only will we have reasoning skills,

worldview understanding, anthropological knowl-

edge and historical perspectives that will enable

us to reach others, we will have richer cultures

and worldviews into which we can draw people.

Educational Triad

We often describe our educational process at CIU

as an educational triad. Three educational com-

ponents come together to provide balanced edu-

cation. The first component is academic

excellence with Bible at the core. This component

focuses on “Content” and may be characterized

by educating one’s “head.” The second compo-

nent is spiritual formation by which students grow

toward maturity in Christ. This component focus-

es on “Character” and may be characterized by

educating one’s “heart.” The third component is

ministry skill development or experiential educa-

tion in which students systematically practice

skills related to personal and vocational goals in

the community away from the classroom. This

component focuses on “Competence” and may

be characterized by educating one’s “hands.”

Doctrinal Standard

Teaching at Columbia International University is

based on the great fundamentals of the Christian

faith, all of which center in the person of Jesus

Christ, our crucified, risen and glorified Savior and

Lord. The following, together with other Christian

principles of doctrine and practice, including the

affirmation of the full trustworthiness of Scripture,

which in its original writing was verbally inspired

and without error, shall be the basis of the faith

and doctrine of Columbia International University:

1. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the writ-

ten record of His supernatural revelation of

Himself to man, absolute in its authority, com-

plete in its revelation, final in its content and

without any errors in its teachings.

2. All men in their natural state are lost, alienated

from God, spiritually dead: “All have sinned

and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).

3. Salvation is only by grace, a free gift of God,

through faith in the Lord Jesus, who died for

our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Cor.

15:3). Those who thus receive Christ by faith

have their sins forgiven (Eph. 1:7) and their

hearts cleansed (Acts 15:9), are born of the

Spirit, become children of God (Jn. 1:12, 13)

and are made new creatures in Christ (II Cor.


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