You no doubt have heard me say the phrase, “Jessup is about creating a place where our students are Thriving Spiritually, receive a Quality Liberal Arts Education, and areExceptionally Employable.“
Since we have now reviewed all 10 statements in our Common Life document (copy of those articles attached), I wanted to write a bit about what I mean by Thriving Spiritually. I’m hoping this will help you see a window into my own heart and spark some conversation between us and one another.
So…what does it mean to be ThrivingSpiritually?
When I speak about it publicly, I often will say that we believe that college is a time when your faith should be built up not torn down. As a Christ-Centered Higher Education University, Jessup is making a commitment to be about Jesus, about His Word, and about His work in the world. The mission statement for Jessup that I am hoping to have the Board endorse is a slight editing of our existing statement…”In partnership with the church, Jessup University exists to equip students to transform their world for the glory of God.” I believe that transformation stands at the center of all we do; personal, organizational, and cultural. Romans 12:1-2 tells us that transformation happens when we present ourselves to God as an act of worship, and it occurs through the renewing of our minds by the power of His Spirit. God’s will gets lived out and proved by us when we are in submission to Him. What does that look like for us at Jessup? Here are a few “markers” that I look for:
The heart of God is redemption. Therefore, we live and work as redemptive people. We are always looking to share the life giving message of hope in Christ and are consistently seeking to walk as Jesus did; full of grace and truth. We think the order of those words, “grace and truth” is significant. There is no diminishing of truth among us, but we lead with grace. We are seeking to point people to Jesus, and not to us.
When I share the vision of William Jessup University, it is a great joy to point people to our amazing heritage. The Restoration Movement itself historically, the founding of San Jose Bible College in 1939, the move to Rocklin in 2004, and our present experience all powerfully speak to the working of God in our midst. It is my prayer that we and our students will Thrive Spiritually as we continue to walk humbly and faithfully with our God.