The mission of Anderson University
is to educate for a life of faith and service in the church and society.
Living the Mission
Established and sustained within the free and open traditions of the Church of God, this university is committed to being a teaching-learning community of the highest order, engaged in the pursuit of truth from a Christian faith perspective.
Through academic and Christian discovery, we intend to graduate people with a global perspective who are competent, caring, creative, generous individuals of character and potential.
We will build those quality programs that will enable each member of the university to become stronger in body, mind, and spirit, to experience what it means to love God and neighbor, and to adopt Christ-like servant ways in all of life.
Anderson University is committed to the preservation of integrity with our past and our present and to ensuring that important values are continued into our future. We want to state clearly to the various constituents we serve—prospective and current students and their families, alumni, donors, the Church, community partners, and prospective and current faculty and staff—the ideals that bind us together as an academic community. This statement articulates our unifying ethos.
Anderson University seeks to follow Christ’s commandment through a posture of love. The university relies on the greatest commandment as instructed by Jesus; that is, to love God with heart, mind, and soul while also loving neighbor as self. We recognize that as a campus we are made up of people who may hold differing positions on various matters and yet we expect each to follow God’s commandment first and foremost by engaging one another in love and celebrating together “the vibrancy of life in Christ.”
At Our Core
As a learning community, rooted in the Church of God (Anderson) movement, we celebrate the vibrancy of life in Christ. Our identity as a Christian University can be described in three words: Real life transformed. What that means is simple: we want to meet people where they are. We believe that the experiences and beliefs we bring to campus are real and authentic. We choose to welcome those who do not enjoy relationship with Jesus Christ, and we open ourselves to engaging with people, from all walks of life, in a community and culture confidently faithful to biblical truths and expectations. Our commitment begins with respecting the real lives students bring with them to campus, but it does not end there. We want our entire learning community to experience the kind of genuine transformation that comes from knowing Jesus, and understanding his incredible plans for the world. And so we challenge ourselves to consider three big questions: “Who is God?”, “Who am I?”, and “How do we live?” We believe that the pursuit of answers to these questions will lead to genuine Christian spiritual transformation—in and beyond the classroom. Real life transformed for dynamic service to church and society.
Our Core Values
We aspire to be a transformative Christian community informed by these core values:
High-quality performance, innovation, and creativity; a relentless pursuit of the best in each individual and the wider learning community.
Readiness to give of one’s gifts and talents with a spirit of gratitude; an attitude and posture of hospitality that comes with intercultural humility; a willingness to extend others the benefit of the doubt, placing mercy above rightness.
Commitment to Christian moral values, shared virtues, and biblical truth; keeping faith with university policies.
Personal and social accountability to God and neighbor; trustworthy stewardship of personal and university resources.
Dedication to a life of service; a preferential awareness of the needs of others in the resolution of problems; a willingness to take the first step, however challenging, in meeting the demands of the day; embracing a spirit of servanthood that extends beyond one’s culture.
Affirmed by President’s Cabinet, 3-23-2021