Thomas Chalmers understood the vital relationship between the church and education, recognizing that Christ’s lordship extends to every thought, deed, place and person throughout history. Indeed, the task of education is to convey the Gospel truth–through all its manifestations in history, literature, theology, philosophy, mathematics, science and the arts–to the next generation of Christian leaders.
As orthodox Christians we are grateful heirs of the historic Christian Church and of the pioneers and patriarchs of faith who gave us the Apostles Creed which is our timeless foundation.
We believe that education is missional because education shares in the redemptive mission of Christ’s Church. When Alcuin trudged across medieval Europe to establish cathedral schools, he was seeking the maturity of the Church. His mission was to raise up future pastors, teachers, and laymen of the Church.
That medieval education was not a supposed neutral activity for the “betterment” of man. Truthfully, education is never neutral. Because all men will serve a master, education inevitably is the cultivation of people of faith. We believe in Christian education for our Christian young so that they are equipped to serve the Lord with joy all their days under the sun. We believe in education by the Church for the Church- which is for the world. This is our theology of education. Hence our mission statement:
New Covenant University serves as a missional extension of Christ’s Church to cultivate knowledgeable, wise, and faithful servants of God. Our mission is to provide the best in higher education under the Lordship of Jesus Christ according to the Holy Scriptures.
At NCU we stress a high view of education defined in terms of God’s redeeming work in the world. Jan Amos Comenius (1592 – 1670) considered the father of modern education, was an educator, bishop and a father in the faith. His paradigm of education called pansophism asserts that knowledge is universal under Christ, and that full knowledge comes from knowing the Triune God. For Comenius, education was at the heart of the Christian life because education requires that we know God and that the Spirit is at work in us revealing knowledge and wisdom.
“New Covenant University is more than education- it is an impartation.” -Dr. Paul Crites, Founder & Chancellor
“The modern world is a crowd of very rapid racing cars all brought to a standstill and stuck in a block of traffic. “ -G.K. Chesterton
At NCU we “embrace grace”, that which has been shed across our hearts. The Dutch politician, statesman and theologian Abraham Kuyper (1837 – 1920) opposed the centralization in the church and his opposition to the liberal tendencies within the Dutch Reformed Church led to the foundation of Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. He was the first to formulate the principle of common grace in the context of a reformed world-view. Most important has been his view on the role of God in everyday life.He believed that God continually influenced the life of believers, and daily events could show His workings. Kuyper famously said:
“Oh, no single piece of our mental world is to be hermetically sealed off from the rest, and there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: Mine!”
The intellectual pursuit is one important part of the learning experience Destiny. However, the learning experience also encompasses the life experiences of God’s people, the work, worship and culture of the church community. Each month students are required to submit a review of their ministry and service experience recognized as practicum. We stand against the steady trend of Christian colleges to disengage themselves from Christian churches. Because of this we articulate in our mission that New Covenant serves as a missional extension of The Church. While we are not a denominational college, we place ourselves within the context of the Church’s mission to serve the world as Christ’s body.