Vision, Mission, Faith Statements
Carson-Newman University will be the Christ-Centered, liberal arts-based university of choice in the Southeast for education and service, by being intentionally Christian, academically rigorous, student-focused, and future-minded.
Our mission is to help our students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant leaders by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.
Affirmation of Faith
God - “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
There is one true God, who is Creator, Redeemer, and Preserver of the universe. God is eternal; God is holy; God is love; God is triune, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence, or being, and who alone is worthy of worship.
Christ - “In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.” (Colossians 2:9)
Christ is the eternal Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, who, in His incarnation, was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, fully God and fully human. Jesus perfectly lived and revealed the will of God, was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead on the third day. Having made atonement for the sins of humankind on the cross, He ascended into Heaven, is exalted at the right hand of God, and will return in power and glory to judge the world. Christ dwells in all believers as the living, ever present Lord.
Salvation - “It is by grace through faith that you are saved. This is not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8) “Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
The salvation of sinners is wholly God’s work of grace, offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by his life, death, and resurrection obtained eternal redemption for the believer. This salvation by grace through faith is secured through repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord.
Scripture - “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness . . . .” (2 Timothy 3: 16) “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. . . . The ordinances of the Lord are sure, and altogether righteous.” (Psalm 19: 7-9)
The Holy Bible is a divinely inspired book of Old and New Testament Scriptures, authoritative for faith and practice, wherein the way of salvation and holy living is illumined. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.
Humankind - “So God created humankind in his image; in the image of God, he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
Created in God’s image, humankind is the crowning work of creation. By free choice, humans rebel against the love of God, rupturing the relationship by transgressing the commands of God and falling under condemnation. Only the grace of God can restore humans into proper relationship with God and enable them to fulfill the creative purpose of God.
Holy Spirit - “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17)
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. The Spirit exalts Jesus Christ and convicts humans of sin, unrighteousness, and of judgment. The Spirit enables humankind to understand truth, calls all to the Savior, effects regeneration to those who accept Christ as Savior, and infuses believers with the Fruit of the Spirit.
The Church - “And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:20-23)
The church is composed of all true disciples of Christ. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. Christians are to associate themselves with local churches. The church is an autonomous body, operating under the Lordship of Christ. Each church is given the authority to worship, carry out ministry, and to exercise the gifts and privileges invested in them by Christ.
Last Things - In God’s own time and own way, God will bring the world to its appropriate end. God has appointed a day when He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when all people shall receive their just reward; the unredeemed shall go into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.
Our Christian World View
The Christian University is an educational arm of the church, the body of Christ. Christ is Lord of the Christian University, as He is the church. In Christ, “. . . are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3) Christ is “the image of the invisible God. . . . For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible . . . all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things are held together.” (Colossians 1:15-17) Christ is the creator and center of the universe.
Jesus proclaimed, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6) It is this Way, this Truth, this Life the Christian University promotes. Our Lord invites us to “Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37) This invitation we accept. All truth is God's truth. All sound learning is a part of our Christian heritage and calling, and is centered in a Christian worldview, where Jesus is Lord, and we are His disciples.
Whereas, the Board of Trustees of Carson-Newman University in its regularly scheduled meeting of October 19, 2007 received a recommendation from a trustee to consider a statement regarding the beliefs of the Board members about Holy Scripture. BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of Carson-Newman University does unanimously approve the following statement:
"We, the Board of Trustees of Carson-Newman University, do affirm Holy Scripture as being given by God through people, to people. The complete and final Word of God is revealed in Jesus Christ."