Founding Principles of the University of the Nations
Founded upon biblical principles, the University of the Nations (U of N) fulfils its commitment to Christ and His Great Commission by equipping men and women spiritually, culturally, intellectually, and professionally, and inspiring them to use their God-given abilities to communicate and demonstrate the gospel in all nations. Viewing the world as both its classroom and venue for ministry, the University of the Nations is committed to teaching and developing Christian men and women called to evangelize and teach others. Special priority for service is given to nations, cities, and people groups which have had the least access to the message of the gospel. An integrated approach to ministry, including evangelism, meeting physical needs, and issues of justice are presented biblically and worked out practically.
The University seeks to broaden the scope of evangelistic endeavours by equipping students to serve in all areas of society (domains or spheres), in all nations, in response to Jesus’ declaration that we are the salt and light of the world. Learning to think biblically and discern spiritually, applying scriptural truth to every area of life, prepares students for going to the nations, through the various spheres of their calling.
The U of N approach to education is based on 2 Peter 1:5-8 which urges development of godly qualities, adding to faith: moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. This character development is emphasized through the lectures, assignments, interpersonal relationships, and daily activities from the beginning of the student’s education and throughout every course. While committed to educational excellence, the University achieves its goals through an emphasis on knowing and loving God and seeking His revelation and guidance. Intercession and worship are an integral part of every course. God’s ways are lived out in student and staff relationships through forgiveness, openness, repentance, honouring the gifts and abilities of each person, unity, teamwork, hospitality, servant leadership and loving one another as commanded by Jesus.
Each course in every Faculty of the U of N is a “multiplier for missions,” serving to increase the workers, resources, and ministries for the mission field. International in scope, the courses provide cross-cultural training related to the specific educational content, and are designed to be applicable in real-life situations. Field assignments with cross-cultural experiences for every student are a fundamental feature of the University training programmes.