A Covenant for Community Life at Evangel University
College of Online Learning
Who We Are
As the Assemblies of God (A/G) national university of arts, sciences, and professions, Evangel University’s commitment to the integration of faith, learning and life attracts students from a wide variety of Christian religious backgrounds. We treasure this diversity as we educate and equip students to become Spirit-empowered servants of God who impact the church and society globally.
Further, we support the distinctive mission of our heritage to proclaim the good news of Christ, worship God, disciple believers, and show compassion. These beliefs, in alignment with our parent organization regarding the interpretation of Scripture, as well as a focus on healthy and safe living, provide a framework for spiritual and behavioral expectations at Evangel University.
Our Community Priorities
Evangel University seeks to provide a living and learning experience within a Christ-centered community rooted in Evangel’s Pentecostal identity that challenges and fosters the development of the whole person. We emphasize the following areas of development:
We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, and this belief is central to who we are and what we do as a community. Therefore, we challenge students to acquire an understanding of the Bible and experience the transforming work of God and the Holy Spirit.
Community Expectation: We encourage an openness to spiritual growth that involves an examination of values, beliefs, spiritual habits, and new commitments of faith that will continue to grow throughout life.
Intellectual and Academic Development
We believe that all truth is God’s truth, regardless of where it is found, opening academic disciplines as avenues for the curious Christian scholar to explore. Therefore, we are committed to fostering a lifetime pursuit of truth and new knowledge.
Community Expectation: We encourage each student to be intellectually curious, to think creatively, to achieve mastery of essential facts, and to use these facts in reaching logical conclusions and making choices that are compatible with a theistic worldview.
Social, Emotional and Psychological Growth
We believe that the application of biblical principles to life and relationships produces healthy social, emotional, and psychological individuals and communities. Therefore we challenge students to understand their identity as children of God and engage in the community.
Community Expectation: We encourage students to develop healthy self-awareness and self-esteem, to mature emotionally, make sound choices, be fulfilled in their personal relationships, and enjoy serving others.
We believe the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Proper care for the body (through nutrition, rest, sleep, exercise, and recreation) honors God and contributes to student success and community wellness. Therefore, we strive to help the members of our community to avoid addictive habits and destructive behaviors. We are an alcohol and tobacco-free campus.
Community Expectation: We encourage students to commit to health and wellness in pursuit of their educational and professional goals.
We believe that each person has a unique place within the plan of God. The selection of a student’s vocation and the development of appropriate skills are critical steps in fulfilling God’s call on our lives and using the gifts God has given to each of us.
Community Expectation: We invite students to learn about their individual, God-given strengths and spiritual gifts. We encourage students to prayerfully seek the Lord’s will for their lives and demonstrate professionalism and integrity in pursuit of their vocational callings.
Global and Cultural Engagement
We believe that the purpose of Evangel is to educate and equip students to become Spirit-empowered servants of God who impact the church and society globally. Therefore, we provide opportunities for students to engage in intercultural study and cross-cultural experiences to address real-world problems.
Community Expectation: We encourage students to look beyond their self-interests to know and serve others personally, locally, nationally, and globally.
We understand that our beliefs and priorities may be contrary to other worldviews and we do not seek to antagonize or disrespect those whose views differ from ours. Likewise, we expect that all members, voluntarily choosing to be a part of Evangel University, will commit to the expectations of our community. Activism against or disregard of these community expectations is a violation of that commitment. It is expected that students will abide by the expectations above and in the College of Online Learning Student Handbook during enrollment. Please consult the Handbook for specific community expectations and policies.