Philosophy of Education
Inasmuch as God’s Word is the standard by which all things are measured, Southern California Seminary affirms the following philosophy of education.
- The principle that all truth is God’s truth will be applied appropriately in each course.
- It is the responsibility of the instructor to encourage the student to learn, and the student must be an active and sincere participant in the educational process.
- God requires and graciously enables each believer to learn and apply His Word as the student submits to the Holy Spirit. Therefore the instructors should expect the best from each student.
- The Scriptures are given to completely equip the believer for every good work; therefore, it is the responsibility of the instructor to go beyond the communication of biblical truth and to apply it to the student’s life.
- The instructor takes the responsibility to encourage the student to master the foundational truths of the course.
- In order to motivate students to learn it is the instructor’s responsibility to build the need for the course material before delivering the content.
- Since the purpose of biblical education is to glorify God and serve others, it is the responsibility of the teacher to equip students for service.
- Christian education is intended to impact the whole person. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the teacher to encourage ongoing spiritual growth.
Trustees, administrators, and faculty must acknowledge institutional objectives in writing. The institutional objectives of Southern California Seminary are to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of biblical truth based on the authoritative, inerrant Word of God, from a literal grammatical-historical hermeneutic.
- Integrate biblical truth and principles into personal and professional life.
- Exhibit the communication and teaching skills necessary to train others.
- Apply academic research and critical thinking skills essential for understanding and defending the Christian faith.
- Manifest service and ministry skills useful within the local church and other Christian ministries.
- Evidence skills for on-going personal and spiritual growth.
- Demonstrate the appropriate skills necessary to care for the spiritual needs of believers.
- Communicate and understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ.