The mission of Maranatha is to develop leaders for ministry in the local church and the world “To the Praise of His Glory.”
Maranatha believes the manner of accomplishing its mission, the method of achieving its objectives, and the articulation of its philosophy can and ought to be done in a Christ-like way and according to guiding values and principles tempered and shaped by the Word of God. Each administrator, faculty member, and student should seek to operate, interact, and behave according to these stated principles:
Integrity: Integrity, moral excellence, and a good testimony; students and college personnel living consistently according to biblical principles in the sight of God and men (II Corinthians 4:2; 8:21).
Unity: Unity within diversity governed by the parameters of biblical truth; individual talents, gifts, and viewpoints are welcomed (I Corinthians 1:10; 12:11-26; Ephesians 4:16).
Leadership: Service to God, the local church, and others; students and college personnel ministering and leading as a principle of life (Matthew 4:10; Luke 22:26-29; John 12:26; Galatians 5:13; Hebrews 9:14; 12:28).
Family: Family-friendly attitude; recognizing the importance, role, and sanctity of traditional family life to the well-being of its personnel and students (Ephesians 5:22-23).
Learning: A biblically-based process that includes study, discipline, listening, observation, and involvement to equip students to serve with competence in their chosen vocation (II Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 4:12).
Balance: Educational balance which focuses on the whole person; improving the mental, physical, spiritual, social, and aesthetic dimension of the individual (Luke 2:52; 10:27; Mark 12:30).
Charity: Charity and kindness to all (Luke 6:35,36; I Corinthians 13:4; Ephesians 4:32); using communications that are open, honest, and encouraging. When confrontation is necessary, messages are guided by principles of care and edification (Ephesians 4:29).
Fidelity: Fidelity to God and His Word by believing; practicing; propagating; contending for the faith in accordance with our fundamental Baptist heritage; and by adhering to the founding purpose, vision, and mission of the institution (I Thessalonians 5:21; II Timothy 1:13; Hebrews 10:23; Philippians. 2:16; Jude 3).
Excellence: The pursuit of excellence; maintaining a bias towards positive change involving growth and maturity. College personnel and individual departments are expected to make systematic improvements as a natural outgrowth of performance feedback and institutional research (Philippians 3:13,14).
These documents guide the spiritual aspect of Maranatha while the Institutional Learning Objectives guide the learning aspect:
- To inculcate a comprehensive knowledge of the Bible and an understanding of Christian doctrine from a dispensational perspective.
- To develop an appreciation for Baptist heritage, including a thorough knowledge of the history, polity, and distinctives of fundamental Baptists.
- To instill a desire for lifelong commitment to personal spiritual growth through daily Bible study and prayer.
- To develop attitudes of service and commitment to the local church.
- To equip students with a Christian worldview that enables them to manifest biblically-separated lifestyles.
- To prepare students for successful living in a diverse society through an appropriate core of general education and biblical studies.
- To instill a missionary vision and dedication to worldwide outreach and personal evangelism.
- To prepare students to serve with competence in one or more spheres of Christian service and to provide readiness for related graduate studies.
- To foster Christian culture, developing refinement, appreciation, social attitudes, and skills.
- To teach biblical responsibility related to the health and proper maintenance of the physical body.
Statement of Faith
We have provided a short summary of our doctrinal positions here. If you would like to dig a little deeper, please read the Maranatha Commitment Statements.
We believe in...
- The verbal, plenary inspiration of the Old and New Testaments
- God in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the new birth in Christ alone
- Baptism by immersion for believers only
- The eternal security of the believer
- The Lord’s Supper as a memorial
- Six creation days of twenty-four hours each
- The bodily resurrection of Christ and His bodily ascension into heaven where He now intercedes for believers
- The pretribulation rapture of all believers
- The premillennial return and millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ
- The judgment
- The reality of heaven and hell
- The local church as God’s institution to carry out the Great Commission
- The obligation of every believer to live a holy life and witness to the lost of the saving power of Christ
Maranatha’s Doctrinal Statement originated in the very first year of Maranatha’s existence. During the summer of 2009, the college Bible faculty and the seminary faculty created an expansion of the doctrinal statement and set forth the following declaration of its commitment to biblical truth and its application of that truth to the lives of its students, staff, and faculty. The purpose of the below commitment statements was to make clear to the Board of Trustees, as they commenced the search for the fifth president of Maranatha, the commitment of the Bible faculty to biblical truth and the positions that Maranatha has historically held.