Philosophy of Education

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  1. The VACU is a Bible University; the Bible is the heart of the curriculum, in contrast to a program that is essentially philosophical or sociological. The absolute inerrancy and authority of the Scripture are paramount. Because we emphasize the primacy of the Word of God, we believe that the tools of exegesis are essential in preparing students for the ministry, so that they may become capable expositors of the Word of God.
  2. The doctrinal distinctive of the VACU (see Doctrinal Position), rooted in a proper exegesis of the Scripture, are regarded as “ absolutes”, and they are to be upheld as such by the faculty and communicated clearly to each student.
  3. We are aware that teaching sound doctrine alone is not enough. This doctrine must be translated into practical Christian service. Therefore, our faculty must not only be highly qualified in academics and instructional methodologies, but they also must be excellent spiritual and moral examples.  Recognizing the limitations of a primarily academic setting, we seek to instill within the student a deep love for God and His Word, a heart for evangelism and missions, and the integration of biblical teaching and values into every aspect of life. We also believe that it is imperative for students to be involved in practical “hands-on” ministry and mission to complement their university studies.
  4. The primacy mission of VACU is to provide quality collegiate education. The VACU is a Christian academic community in the tradition of evangelical institutions of higher education. As such, VACU continues the philosophy of education which first gave rise to the university, summarized in the following proposition;
    • God, the infinite source of all things, has shown us truth through Christ in nature, history, and, above all, in Scripture.
    • Persons are spiritual, rational, moral, social and physical, created in the image of God.
    • They are, therefore, able to know and to value themselves and other persons, the universe and God.

Education as the process of teaching and leaning, involves the whole person, developing the knowledge, values, and skills which enable the individual to change freely.