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Vision, Mission, Faith Statements


We will be the Christian liberal arts-based university of choice in the Southeast for education and service.


Our mission as Christian educators is to help our students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant-leaders.

Baptist Faith and Message 2000

Carson-Newman is grateful for its partnership with churches of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Their faithful prayers, support, encouragement have been instrumental to the University's ability to offer a distinctively Christ-centered education. In acknowledgement of this investment by Tennessee Baptists and in support of the rich confessions that identify Southern Baptists, C-N's Board of Trustees has affirmed the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. This confessional statement provides an invaluable connection to our Baptist heritage and doctrinal identity.

Carson-Newman is grateful for its Baptist partners, unapologetic in its biblical conviction and unashamedly Christ-centered. Click here to read the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

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."

Affirmation of Christian Community and Conduct

As an intentionally Christian academic community Carson-Newman University strives to follow Christian principles in all aspects of its communal life. We submit ourselves to the teachings and example of Jesus Christ in all our relationships and work. Persons who choose to become a part of the Carson-Newman family are expected to embrace moral, ethical, and biblical values on and off campus. In the area of sexuality, lifestyles consistent with biblical teaching are expected. Specifically stated, sexual intimacy is to be expressed exclusively inside the marriage covenant which shall be between a man and a woman. Our Christian values serve the best interests of all within the Carson-Newman family.

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