Purpose, Mission, Goals & Objectives
Pacific Islands University aspires to be a leader in providing accessible, transformational, quality Christian higher education to the people of Micronesia, to the Pacific Islands, and to the ends of the earth.
PURPOSE & MISSION STATEMENT
PIU exists to provide accessible, excellent, transformational Christian higher education and ministry training to the people of Micronesia, the Pacific islands, and to the ends of the earth. As such, our mission is to prepare men and women with a biblical worldview for leadership and service in life, work, and ministry in the global community and the church.
PIU seeks to accomplish this mission by fulfilling the following institutional objectives arranged in eight major areas of development and growth.
Relationship with God: Through the staff and faculty relationships, as well as the curriculum, we nurture the spiritual life of our students. We do this through the dorm activities and devotional rhythm of campus life, times of spiritual emphasis and retreat, discipleship groups, the emphasis on personal application that is a part of all classes, classes that are devoted especially to spiritual formation, school-sponsored mission trips, worship, chapel services, and by providing deans and chaplains whose primary responsibility is spiritual formation –
- that the student will grow in a loving relationship with God that overflows into Christ-like concern for people and the local and global communities around them.
- that the student will be exposed to and develop positive habits in the practices of the Christian disciplines including worship, prayer, personal devotions, and giving.
- that the student will be encouraged to live as a part of the gathered body of Christ by affiliation with a local congregation during and after his or her college experience.
Christian Character: Through the staff and faculty relationships, as well as the curriculum, we challenge our students to embrace responsible and accountable lifestyles that reflect a passion for the kingdom of God. We emphasize not only personal character development but also a commitment to issues surrounding justice, righteousness, mercy, and grace in culture and society. Toward this end our students are involved in community service activities, discipleship groups, prison ministry, and class work which emphasize ethics and corporate responsibility –
- that the student will cultivate a lifestyle that honors Christ and is based on the message of scripture.
- that the student will internalize a biblical value system that produces Christ-like character, decisions, and actions.
- that the student will be prepared for life as an individual capable of making well-reasoned and informed choices about values, goals, and careers.
- that the student will demonstrate responsible service and leadership within the context of family, clan, and culture.
Working Knowledge of the Scriptures: Because the Bible is the final authority in all realms of life we are working to help students develop knowledge and understanding of scripture. We do this by providing graduate and undergraduate degrees in biblical studies which require in-depth study of the Bible, biblical studies minors for our students majoring in other areas, and in modeling the use of scripture in chapel and teaching –
- that the student will understand and Biblically defend the basics of evangelical theology.
- that the student will study and understand the Bible for him-herself and accurately evaluate diverse interpretations of it.
Biblical Worldview: We want to develop Christian thinkers — people who understand the world from a biblical point of view. It is not enough to simply understand the Bible; we want our students and graduates to integrate this transformational understanding into all areas of life as members of the global society, island cultures, families, and as individual followers of Christ Jesus. We do this with our emphasis on integration in the classroom and curriculum and by modeling it through the lives and interests of the staff and faculty –
- that the student will develop a biblical worldview that integrates biblical truth with all areas of the curriculum.
- that the student will demonstrate the ability to apply biblical knowledge to the practical problems of life in his or her own culture and as a basis for understanding others, their institutions, and cultures.
Cross-Cultural Skills: As the world grows smaller and as a globalized culture emerges it is not enough for students to simply be aware of or appreciate other cultures. They need to become culturally fluid so that they can relate to, learn from, and serve in several cultures. We seek to foster a culturally fluid environment by recruiting students and faculty from a wide variety of backgrounds, challenging students to develop relationships with people from other cultures, integrating cross-cultural emphases in all our classes, encouraging students to be a part of a mission team in a different culture, by teaching classes that are particularly focused on cross-cultural communication, through our community English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) classes, and our teaching English for speakers of other languages (TESOL) training
- that the student will be exposed to staff, faculty and fellow students from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and understand and appreciate the many worldviews that they represent.
- that the student will grasp the urgency of and participate in the biblical mandate to make disciples of all nations.
- that the student will learn to appreciate art, music, literature, science, and other cultural expressions from around the world.
Competency in Ministry Skills: It is our aim to develop leaders who can serve in the church, community, and around the world. Some will exercise their leadership in secular realms and family. Others will minister within the church and mission structures. Most will become family leaders. We aim to provide skills which will help our graduates serve in many capacities. For those who will be pastors and church leaders we provide classes in pastoral leadership, teaching, preaching, and counseling. We do this on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Likewise, for those who will serve as missionaries we provide training in cross cultural service. For those who will serve in secular professions we teach ethics and skills in communication, business, education, art, and leadership geared toward their needs. We require supervised and reflective field education of all of our students –
- that the student will show competence and have experience in biblical and culturally relevant church ministry inside and outside the institutional church.
- that the student will possess the skills necessary to lead professionally in the church, classroom, and other areas of community service.
Evangelical Cooperation: As a Christian educational institution for members of many different churches and cultures we seek to model the unity of mind, heart, and activity which must characterize the people of God. We do this by including a diversity of evangelical perspectives on the faculty and staff. We strive to be multi-cultural in faculty, staff, and student recruiting –
- that the student will be mentored and taught by faculty from a wide variety of evangelical perspectives and denominations.
- that the student will be exposed to a wide variety of ministry and worship styles.
- that the student will gain an understanding and appreciation for the diversity of theological viewpoints and practices within the evangelical church.
Intellectual Capability: A developed mind is a critical part of the discipled life. Recognizing that many of our students come from academically deficient settings we take seriously the challenge of helping them become critical thinkers who have a general understanding of the world, can process information, and solve problems. It is our desire –
- that the student will develop the joy of learning and discovery in all areas of life.
- that the student will gain the background and skills to understand written and oral communication from a wide range of sources and to communicate in the global culture.
- that the student will acquire the broad based higher-order critical thinking, problem-solving, research, organization and communication skills necessary to function in a wide range of careers in a changing world.
- that the student will communicate effectively in speaking, hearing, reading and writing the English language.