Statement of purpose

The Statement of Purpose was approved by the faculty (March 15, 1979), the Board of Overseers (Oct. 22-23, 1979) and the Mennonite Board of Education (Aug. 4-5, 1980), and was re-affirmed by these bodies in 1986.

Goshen College, a liberal-arts educational center for the transmission, enrichment, enlargement and embodiment of the Anabaptist-Mennonite vision of the church as a community of faith for the work of God in the world, seeks to develop informed, articulate, sensitive, responsible Christian disciples.

A bachelor’s-degree-granting institution sponsored by the Mennonite Church, Goshen College is open to all students interested in an educational program which is committed to biblical faith and practice as revealed and demonstrated by Jesus Christ.

As a ministry of the Mennonite Church, Goshen College intends to enrich and extend the life of the church and its mission in the world by transmitting and exploring Christian faith and discipleship; by relating Christian perspectives and values to learning and professional life; by encouraging active participation and leadership in congregations; and by expanding the influence of such ideals as love and peace, justice and order, stewardship and benevolence.

As a liberal-arts college, Goshen strives to be a community of educators and students providing a learning environment which fosters personal, social, intellectual and spiritual growth; which nurtures those skills, processes, disciplines and methodologies required for systematic study and problem solving; which provides sufficient knowledge in one subject area as a base for advanced training or professional work; which develops an appreciation for and critical understanding of human experience and cultural variety; which builds confidence, acceptance and identity necessary for purposeful living in church and society.

As a center of continuing study and research on issues of importance to the church and larger society and as a center for continuing education and public service, Goshen expects to assist Mennonite congregations and agencies and the community of Elkhart and surrounding counties through the increase and dissemination of knowledge in research, writing and publications, by providing life-long educational and cultural activities, and by encouraging expanded awareness and more responsible service in the world.