Calvary will remain as true as ever to its mission and Biblical commitment
In keeping with Calvary’s Seven Points for Excellence, and in order to be most effective in fulfilling the mission to “… prepare Christians to live and serve in the church and in the world, according to a Biblical worldview,” Calvary has announced that it has rebranded as Calvary University identifying several reasons for the rebranding, including:
- The increased difficulty for graduates to find employment with a degree from a Bible college
- The increased difficulty in accessing some countries for missions with a degree from a Bible college
- The incorrect yet increasingly prominent perceptions that (1) a Bible college only prepares people for full-time church ministry and (2) a Bible college offers a lesser quality of education
- Calvary’s mission, degree offerings, accreditation, and undergraduate and graduate divisions are all broader than the traditional Bible college classification
Rebranding does not represent a change in the mission or philosophy of Calvary. Rebranding is not because Calvary needs a new philosophical direction, but because Calvary has been operating beyond the perceived scope of a Bible college for many years.
In order to ensure that Calvary remains true to its mission and committed to the Bible, the Cabinet crafted four amendments to Calvary’s bylaws. All four were unanimously approved by Calvary’s Board of Trustees on Friday, May 6, 2016:
- Amendment #1: Calvary shall always maintain a Christian accreditation, and specifically ABHE, as long as it is available, or another comparable accreditation if ABHE is not available, to ensure accountability in maintaining a Biblical core and Christian ministry requirements.
- Amendment #2: The Bible shall be a required textbook for every course offered at Calvary.
- Amendment #3: Calvary’s faculty shall recognize and teach the Biblical foundations for the subject matter of every course.
- Amendment #4: The educational entity of Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary shall be named Calvary University as of July 1, 2016, in order to best support the mission of Calvary and to maximize opportunities for Calvary’s students.
The amendments show that Calvary’s rebranding does not represent a shift in philosophy or priorities and that Calvary will remain as true as ever to its mission and Biblical commitment.
Our mission is vital, and we simply cannot fulfill it without your help. Please help us to prepare Christians to live and serve in the church and in the world according to a Biblical worldview – we are committed to being faithful with this incredible stewardship, and we are grateful for your partnership in this grand task.”