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Mission, Vision & Faith

A Chinese proverb says: “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls; others build windmills.”

Mission Statement

Pillar College educates, inspires, and equips students for excellent scholarship, service, and leadership. Rooted in and committed to Christian faith and love, Pillar fosters intellectual, spiritual, and social development among its diverse student population at various instructional sites throughout the world.

Vision

When the winds of change blow, some people build walls; others build windmills.

Chinese proverb

Windmills of Change
Pillar College chooses windmills. We recently introduced our new vision, Windmills of Change. We have envisioned and are planning many more career-friendly majors, new delivery methods, new relational networks, and new funding potential. But, mostly, Windmills of Change will include new opportunities for thousands of students. Through Windmills of Change, Pillar will provide more students with profitable careers, blessing communities, and businesses with Christ-empowered employees.

Global Outlook
Pillar stands firmly within the Wesleyan heritage in embracing a worldwide parish, an obligation of love to serve the poor and needy, an earnest devotion to the empowering work of the Holy Spirit in every believer, and willingness to seek unity and cooperation with other believers on all that is essential to the faithful Christian life.

Such commitments provide endless possibilities by which Pillar College works to implement its mission for every student. We start by affirming a heartfelt desire to welcome students of various theological traditions and various ethnic, national, and/or racial heritages. With this global outlook, Pillar also seeks to co-labor with area churches and denominations of kindred hearts.

Leadership Excellence
Because the effectiveness of an organization in fulfilling its mission depends on the vision, knowledge, and performance of people providing strategic leadership, the trustees and president are committed to institutional excellence through development and assessment of their leadership engagement, abilities, training, and resourcing.

Academic Excellence
Goal: To educate, inspire, and equip students for excellent scholarship, service, and leadership, the college will employ and develop outstanding faculty and provide excellent, accredited, affordable, and accessible degree programs for a diverse student population at various instructional sites.

Student Development Excellence
Goal: To foster intellectual, spiritual, and social development in Pillar students, the college faculty and staff will model Christian faith and love, and encourage an atmosphere of edifying relationships, activities, and morale.

Enrollment Excellence
Goal: To serve more students, establish an ethnically diverse student population, and offer relevant programs at various instructional sites, the college will focus on enrollment growth in the traditional, adult degree-completion (LEAD) and BLEND our bilingual entry program.

Operational Excellence
Goal: To provide sufficient financial, technological, facility, and human resources, the leadership of the college will continually educate, evaluate, and enhance its personnel and operational capabilities for effective and efficient administrative functions.

Promotional and Funding Excellence
Goal: To ensure its financial strength, Pillar will promote its mission, vision, and message through effective marketing strategies and materials by developing relationships with the public and philanthropically-minded individuals.

Statement of Faith

The following is a concise statement of the Wesleyan-Arminian theological doctrines upon which Pillar College is founded. While students are not required to subscribe to all of the following points, all agree to honor the rich tradition upon which this institution was established.

God
We believe that there is one God, creator, and sustainer of all things, infinite in love, perfect in judgments, and unchanging in mercy. God exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus Christ is God’s Son incarnate, born of the Virgin Mary. He died for the sins of all, taking on Himself, on behalf of sinful persons, God’s judgment upon sin. He rose bodily from the grave and ascended to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us.

Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God present and active in the world. The Holy Spirit was given to the Church in His fullness at Pentecost. By the Spirit, Christ lives in His Church, the gospel is proclaimed, and the kingdom of God is manifested in the world.

Scripture
We believe in the divine inspiration, truthfulness, and authority of both the Old and New Testaments, the only written Word of God, without error in all it affirms. The Scriptures are the only infallible rule of faith and practice. The Holy Spirit preserves God’s Word in the Church today and by it speaks God’s truth to peoples of every age.

Ethos Statement

Pillar College is a community of believers who have committed themselves to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. It is a community where persons seek to live out their commitment to Christ in lives of sanctity at both the personal and social level in accordance with the Scripture. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators seek to develop and nurture relationships in mutual respect. They exercise their responsibilities within certain policies and structures that make it possible for the institution to fulfill its mission. Members of the Pillar College family bear witness to the authentic Christian faith by living and working in true Christian discipleship. Personal integrity, purity, and love for one another are the hallmarks of this discipleship which in turn influences the entire community. Through shared experiences in classes, study, chapel services, meals, small groups, and prayer meetings, the members of this community encourage one another to find wholeness in Christ and fitness for ministry in the church and other vocational settings. Based on these general principles outlined in the Pillar Ethos, a standard of conduct emerges.

Theological Heritage

Pillar College was founded as an undergraduate level institution in the Wesleyan-Arminian theological tradition. Its doctrinal emphases derive from John Wesley (1703-1791), the leader of the Methodist movement and father of the Methodist Church. Wesley, an Oxford-educated minister of the Church of England, held all of the orthodox beliefs of the Anglican faith, including a high view of Scripture as God’s written Word. Wesley’s experience of saving faith at Aldersgate Street in 1738 set the stage for the Methodist revival in England. His emphasis upon evangelical conversion, free to all who trust in Christ, and personal holiness, marked by a love for God and neighbor, formed the foundation of Methodist teaching. Pillar College is committed to the historic Wesleyan interpretation of evangelical Christianity and ministry as reflected in its Statement of Faith.

The College holds that there is one Church universal according to the ancient Apostles Creed. At the same time, Pillar recognizes that the one Church in time and history is made up of many confessing traditions and denominations. The College is committed to an approach to Christian undergraduate education that is based upon the classical Christian faith with its apostolic view of the church as one body with many members.

Therefore, Pillar seeks to educate students of various theological traditions for service within their own denominations and churches. In addition, the College creates a climate for study and fellowship which encourages, equips, and enhances spiritual development and ministry.

Standard of Conduct

At Pillar College, we strive to bring all of life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We believe that a personal faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation for social, intellectual, and spiritual growth; further, the College believes that as ethical principles of the Christian faith are applied to life, certain actions are beneficial and others are detrimental to the development of Christian character. Spiritual discernment and restraint are needed in seeking to lead a holy life; this includes to what you allow your eyes and ears to be exposed. God’s Word specifically states that some actions such as stealing, the use of slanderous or profane language, occult practices, and inappropriate sexual behaviors such as premarital sex, marital infidelity, and homosexual behaviors are unacceptable; actions motivated apart from love and faith are dishonoring as well. The use of illegal drugs and other substances that are harmful to the temple of the indwelling Spirit are prohibited.

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Non-Discriminatory Policy to Students

Pillar College admits qualifying students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, disability or age in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.