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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:


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).


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).


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).


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).


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).


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).


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).


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).


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).