Champion Christian College, as an institution of higher learning, acknowledges the inspired and revealed Word of God as the foundational authority for all faith and practice, and its worldview as the basis for interpretation of all knowledge. Our mission is to teach and to train regenerated servant leaders to excel spiritually, intellectually, and practically in professional ministries and selected lay vocations. We shall perpetuate the work of God by training students who value integrity and justice to compassionately carry out the Great Commission mandate in a post-Christian world, while living lives rooted in unchanging Biblical truth. Champion Christian College intends to achieve this mission, in community with like-minded churches, in an atmosphere of love, joy, and peace, as well as a wholesome social environment.
The Old Testament Psalmist asked, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Today in America, our historical foundations of education, law, values, ethics, morality, the home, and even the church are in shambles. Christianity is under siege as we slide into the post-Christian world.
Champion Christian College is committed to the truth as revealed in the Word of God communicated to us in the Judeo-Christian Bible. Furthermore, we reserve the right to discriminate against certain behavioral and lifestyle practices based on the dictates of this Word. Our total foundational educational underpinnings concerning truth, reality, values, and authority are rooted deeply in the biblical narrative. Following are our statement of faith, introductory statements that further develop these foundational commitments, and elements of our philosophy of education.
Statement of Faith
We Believe . . . The Bible to be the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God, and that it is inerrant in all it affirms and teaches.
We Believe . . . That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We Believe . . . In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal, future return to this earth in power and glory to rule the nations.
We Believe . . . In the deity of the Holy Spirit who convicts, regenerates, indwells, and seals all believers in Christ; fills those who yield to Him; and gives spiritual gifts to all believers as He wills.
We Believe . . . That mankind was created in the image of God, but that through Adam’s sin, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man has a radical propensity to sin, and of himself is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. We also believe that humanity is created in the image of God (imago dei), and thus has intrinsic value. This is seen in the reality of Jesus Christ’s incarnation, becoming a man, and His willingness to die for humanity. We believe that Jesus’ resurrection inaugurated a new kind of humanity, the “One New Man”, and that those who are in Christ are being conformed to His image; that is to say, they are being restored to the likeness of God from whence mankind fell and will bear fruit in their life before they die.
We Believe . . . That the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Christ and that regeneration through spiritual conception by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
We Believe . . . In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life, evidenced by the fruits of the Spirit and increasing conformity to Christlikeness in all areas of life.
We believe . . . That Christ’s Church, as represented in the assembly of saints in a local community, is the body of Christ to do His work of evangelizing lost individuals in its community; promote spiritual formation in the lives of its members bringing them to full maturity in Christ; and pressing beyond its Jerusalem to plant the church in its Judea, Samaria, and among the uttermost communities of earth, thus endeavoring to complete Christ’s Great Commission.
We Believe . . . That the standard for the Christian life should reflect the original intent of God before the fall of humanity and that standards and behaviors that emerged after the fall should not be considered normative. This view values the importance and inherent worth of both man and woman. It also includes the belief that the covenant of marriage is to be between a man and a woman and that all sexual expression is rightly kept only within the boundaries of this relationship. This belief is affirmed in the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 19:4-6.
We Believe . . . In the resurrection of the saved and the lost, the saved to everlasting life and the lost to everlasting damnation.
We believe that all true knowledge emanates from God, who is the Creator, Controller, and Consummator of the universe. He has revealed truth to man that man cannot discover for himself, because of man’s rebellion against God. This rebellion was triggered by human will in defiance to God’s will, and since man did not desire to retain the concept of God in their knowledge system, God gave them over to be controlled by a reprobate mind.
Even with the revelation of absolute truth as presented in the Word of God (Bible), man could not by himself comprehend truth since his interpretive system was also reprobate. Therefore, the Spirit of God came for special purposes in the Old Testament era and was given to indwell the believer in the New Testament economy. In both periods, man was dependent upon the Spirit of God to illuminate the revealed truth of God so that man could comprehend its meaning.
Upon these truths, Champion Christian College has constructed its philosophy of education. We believe education is a spiritual teaching/learning activity involving cognitive knowledge interpreted by both revelation and illumination to provide a thorough comprehension of reality.
We believe that the educational design of our curricula must be to foster transformational change within the lives of our students based on the biblical concept of renewing the mind. Thus, our theories of learning must not be limited to the impartation of knowledge to the student, but also developing within the student the abilities and methodologies to become a self-directed learner engaged in life-long learning.
Another objective of Champion Christian College is to develop within these life-long learners the following Core Competencies as they complete any of our educational programs.
Values: Core values as the basis for setting priorities and making each of life’s decisions and choices.
Worldview: A Biblical worldview, which is the basis for interpreting all knowledge.
Comprehension and Communication Skills: The ability to effectively comprehend, analyze, reflect and respond to oral, visual and written information and to communicate effectively through spoken, written, and other appropriate forms of expression.
Professional Demeanor: Champion Christian College will strive to usher prepared students into their vocational enterprises vested with appropriate knowledge, abilities, skills, and leadership acumen to achieve success.
Critical Thinking and Informational Competence: Students will be able to select, analyze, and assess the accuracy, credibility, reasonableness, and relevancy of questions, arguments, or issues and will be competent to determine the possibility of a solution.
Social Awareness and Responsibility: Graduates will enter their social enclave with a keen awareness of the social, moral, cultural, environmental, and Biblical perspectives and will demonstrate personal responsibility in relation to each.
Personal and Professional Ethics: Graduates from Champion Christian College will demonstrate in personal relationships and vocational associations a Biblical standard of ethical conduct.
Defining Our Teaching-Task
The educational task of Champion Christian College is a seriously planned endeavor based upon Biblical teaching/learning concepts, precepts, and principles. We are seeking to design a curriculum for a Christian college in a post-Christian world. We believe this task has four major components:
First, we believe we must provide a balanced foundation of cognitive knowledge, for life and professions, from the multiple disciplines of human knowledge.
Secondly, we believe that we must transform the life of the student by “renewing” or literally “refurbishing” the mind of the student. This “refurbishing” of the mind must first reprogram the value system of the student with a Biblical value system, since values are the basis for all decisions of life and vocation. We must make certain that the interpretative system of the student is a Biblical worldview, since a person’s worldview is the vehicle by which he interprets all knowledge. We must make certain that the student’s authority system is a Biblical authority system since this is the basis for all behavior.
Transformational education can only be achieved as the mind of Christ is developed within the student.Thirdly, our educational outcomes must be designed to build the character of the student through a process of spiritual formation; co-laboring with the Holy Spirit in His work of conforming each student to the likeness of Jesus Christ.
Fourthly, our task must include the development of abilities, skills, and understandings enabling the student to achieve success in his individual vocation, or God-calling.
Since values are the drivers for decision, and transformation is a result of multiple choices and decisions, we have identified a core of values that must be foundational to Biblical, transformational education.
The first core value we hold is that God is love; He loves mankind with an unconditional and individual love; and He desires that we love and delight ourselves in Him, with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength.
The second core value is life. We value the individual life of a human being, since its source is God, and its dimension is timeless—eternal. Thus we must value others even as we value ourselves.
The third core value is redemption, which has been granted to mankind through the death of Jesus Christ and is available to every human being by placing his faith and trust in this same Christ, who was resurrected and is seated at the right hand of God.
Our fourth core value is the role for man, granted by God, to have “dominion” over the physical earth and to be a steward/caretaker of it.
Our fifth core value is the spiritual dominion that Christ has given to the members of His body on earth, to continue and complete His own mission “to seek and save” lost ones, and to teach them to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
The sixth core value is that God has revealed truth to human beings which they can never discover for themselves, and that this truth must be studied, learned, mastered, and applied properly to life situations; otherwise, man, either individually or in social groups, cannot be obedient to God’s requirements.
The seventh core value is that individuals who have placed their faith in Christ and have been spiritually conceived, like babies in the womb, must be given spiritual nourishment and care, developed through proper spiritual formation, which conforms them to the likeness of Jesus Christ.
The eighth core value for the person who has placed his faith in Christ and is being conformed to His likeness is that he must make every decision of life based upon these three questions: How will this glorify my heavenly Father? How will it extend His kingdom? How can I perform the will of God on earth as it is in Heaven?
The ninth core value for the person who has placed his faith in Christ and is being conformed to His likeness is the conviction that as he makes decisions on the basis of the eighth core value, he can depend on his Father for every provision needed for life and ministry.
The tenth core value for those conceived and empowered by the Spirit of God to live the Christ-life is that whatsoever that person needs to perform his or her God-calling has been promised through the requisition of prayer in Jesus’ name.