When I assumed the office of President of Jacksonville College in November 2011, I first spent time personally meeting each employee. These individual listening sessions were planned to discover needs for the college from each employee’s perspective. Second, I visited with students and surveyed them regarding what they perceived as pressing needs for the college. Third, I formed a Strategic Planning Committee made up of staff, students, and trustees.
The following is a result of those three months of strategic planning:
Mission Statement: Jacksonville College exists to provide a quality education from a biblical worldview that challenges minds, transforms lives, and equips students for servant leadership and lifelong learning.
Statement of Faith: A deep faith in God is the foundation of Jacksonville College. The college believes that no education is complete until a student understands who God is and how to relate to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. Doctrinal beliefs influence all that the college does and teaches. Jacksonville College recognizes certain basic tenets of the Christian faith.
The following are basic doctrinal distinctives but not exhaustive of all our beliefs:
The Bible is the inerrant, infallible word of God and is the final authority in all matters of belief and practice.
There is one and only one living and triune God. He is Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the Universe.
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation, Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
Man is the special creation of God, who created us male and female.
Salvation is the gracious act of God through faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone.
Believers are to mature in the faith through discipleship and serve God and others through a New Testament Church.
Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth. Christ will judge all men according to His will.
The Bible is the authority. Jacksonville College's doctrinal expressions are found in
(1) Baptist Missionary Association of Texas Doctrinal Statement (Jacksonville College is owned and operated by the BMA of Texas)
(2) Southern Baptist Convention Baptist Faith and Message 2000 (Jacksonville College is affiliated with the SBTC)
Provide a Christ-centered, quality education that prepares students for further educational endeavors.
Perpetuate a distinctly Christian environment in every dimension of college life.
Promote lifelong learning for students, faculty, staff, and community.
Pursue our vision for growth in enrollment, operations, endowments, and capital improvements.
Produce students who are equipped for Christian servant leadership in the global community.
If you are an alumnus, you should be encouraged by this Strategic Plan, for it is a roadmap that directs our college as the founding fathers intended. If you are a student trying to choose a college, you should consider Jacksonville College, an institution with a clear purpose and a strategic plan to fulfill that purpose.
FALL SEMESTER 2016 August 17 to December 6
Full course schedules are available at www.jacksonville-college.edu.
Online application for admission is available for new students, and current students may register for classes online.
The New Harmony Baptist Church youth stayed in a JC residence hall July 11-14 while they attended four days of evangelism training. Pictured above are the students and sponsors in the JC library. Leading the training were BMA Seminary Dean Dr. Philip Attebery (pictured on the left), and his wife, Stephanie (on the right).
JC employees prepare one of the student houses for painting.