Statement of Purpose
Union University is an academic community, affiliated
with the Tennessee Baptist Convention, equipping persons
to think Christianly and serve faithfully in ways consistent
with its core values of being excellence-driven, Christ-centered, people-focused,
and future-directed. These values shape
its identity as an institution which prioritizes liberal arts
based undergraduate education enhanced by professional
and graduate programs. The academic community
is composed of quality faculty, staff, and students working
together in a caring, grace-filled environment conducive
to the development of character, servant leadership, and
Our Core Values
- Excellence-Driven: We believe that excellence, not mere
compliance, is the goal of our teaching, our research,
and our service. We are not motivated to excellence out
of pride but out of a desire to do all things for God’s
glory because He cares about our work and wants to be
involved in everything we do. We will not be satisfied with
mediocrity, but will pursue excellence in all things. This
means our truth claims carry with them the challenge of
living out that truth in the minutes and hours of our daily
life. Thus we will pursue excellence, without arrogance.
- Christ-Centered: A cohering core value of our guiding
vision is a call to faith, a call to be Christ centered in all
that we are and in all that we do. We will seek to build a
Christian liberal arts based community where men and
women can be introduced to an understanding and appreciation
of God, His creation and grace, and to humanity’s
place of privilege and responsibility in this world.
We will seek to establish all aspects of life and learning
on the Word of God, leading to a firm commitment to
Christ and His Kingdom. To be a Christ-centered institution
calls for us to establish the priority of worship and
service in the Christian life while seeking to develop a
generation of students who can be agents of reconciliation
to a factious church in a hurting and broken world.
This commitment calls for all faculty and staff to integrate
Christian faith in all learning and doing, based on the
supposition that all truth is God’s truth and that there
is no contradiction between God’s truth made known
to us in Holy Scripture and that which is revealed to us
through creation and natural revelation.
- People-Focused: A third pillar on which we will build our
common commitments is the core value of being people
focused. At the heart of our commitment to being people
focused is the visible demonstration of valuing one another.
We will give honor to one another through our
words and actions, and by committing to each person’s
success. We therefore jointly commit ourselves to the
success of Union University.
- Future-Directed: We will seek to maximize the windows
of opportunity the Lord has presented to us to the greatest
degree that resources allow. All of our resources and
efforts must, by God’s grace, be maximized to fulfill our
common mission. A commitment to being future directed
means we want to have a short-term focus and a long term
view. We want to involve ourselves in efforts that prepare
us effectively to impact the world of the 21st Century.
Union University provides Christ-centered education
that promotes excellence and character development in
service to Church and society.
Our Statement of Faith
- The Scriptures. The Scriptures of the Old and New
Testament were given by inspiration of God, and are
the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all
saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.
- God. There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler
of all things, having in and of Himself, all perfections, being
infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the
highest love, reverence and obedience. He exists eternally
in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit each with
distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature,
essence or being. God ordains or permits all things that
come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs
all creatures and all events; yet so as not to destroy the free
will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
- Humankind. God originally created humankind in His
image, and free from sin; but through the temptation of
Satan, they transgressed the command of God, and fell
from their original righteousness, whereby all humans have
inherited a sinful nature that is opposed to God, and are
thus under condemnation. As soon as they are capable of
moral action, they become actual transgressors.
- Jesus Christ. The second person of the Trinity is the
eternal Son of God. In his incarnation Jesus Christ
was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin
Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God,
taking upon Himself human nature, yet without sin. He
honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and
by His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision
for our redemption from sin. He was buried and
rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at
whose right hand He lives to make intercession for His
people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and
King of the Church, and Sovereign of the universe.
- Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully
divine, who exalts Jesus Christ. The Spirit convicts men
and women of sin, of righteousness, and judgment, enabling
them to understand the truth. He calls men and
women to the Savior, and brings about regeneration,
which is a renewal of heart and nature.
- Salvation. Salvation involves the redemption of the whole
person, and is offered freely to all who believe in Jesus
Christ as Lord and Savior; accepting and trusting in Him
alone for justification and eternal life. Justification is
God’s gracious declaration of righteousness of sinners,
who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction
that Christ has made. Believers are also sanctified by
God’s Word and Spirit dwelling in them. Sanctification
is the process of progressing toward moral and spiritual
maturity, enabled by the presence and power of the Holy
Spirit. Those who are accepted in Christ and sanctified by
the Holy Spirit will never totally nor finally fall away from
the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end, and be
kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
- The Church. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the
Church, which is composed of all true followers of Christ,
and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government.
Christians are to associate themselves with local
churches; and to each church is given the authority to
administer order, to carry out ministry, to worship, and
to practice discipline.
- Last Things. The bodies of humans after death return
to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God—the
righteous to rest with Him; the wicked to be reserved
under darkness to the judgment. God in His own time
and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate
end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return
personally and visibly in glory to the earth. At the last
day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will
be raised. God has appointed a day, when He will judge
the world by Jesus Christ, when all people shall receive
according to their deeds; the wicked shall go into everlasting
punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.