Christian School in Name Only? Not CCU

Christian School in Name Only--Not CCUThousands of colleges and universities in the United States have the word “Christian” in their name, but how do you know if the “Christian” college or university you are exploring is really Christ based? How do you know if a Christian school is such in name only? Colorado Christian University is a true Christian institution of higher learning in every sense of the word. Christ is an integral part of each and every student, teacher, and staff member’s day both inside and outside the classroom. While people’s strength of faith varies, of course, and as humans, we are fallible and may stray from what our faith guides us to do, CCU can assure prospective students that we are not a Christian school in name only. We hold true to the tenets of serving the Lord; following a moral spiritual, educational and career path; helping others to reclaim a faith that may be lost; and leading others on our journeys of spiritual, intellectual and emotional growth and evolution.

What CCU Believes

CCU’s belief system proves that the University is much more than a Christian school in name only. Because CCU unites with the broad, historic evangelical faith rather than affiliating with any specific denomination, the University adheres to the declarations of the National Association of Evangelicals:¬†We believe:

  • The Bible is the only infallible, authoritative Word of God
  • There is only one God
  • The deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father and His return in power and glory.
  • For the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential.
  • In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; that they are saved unto the resurrection of life and they are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

CCU Vision and Mission

In addition to our belief system, the CCU vision and mission hold true to Christianity and are much more than empty words. The CCU vision? “…¬†envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world.” The CCU mission: To “cultivate knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world.”

The CCU curricula integrates faith and learning in a “scholarly environment that fosters critical and creative thinking, academic excellence, and professional competence.” If CCU were a Christian school in name only, coursework would not involve such deep discussion of Christ and how Christians can make a difference in the world regardless of what career path they choose. Our academic programs foster a faith in Scripture and a commitment living and working according to God’s plan for us. CCU students are encouraged to interact with the world and prepare themselves for being leaders in their careers, communities and churches.

Learn more about how Colorado Christian University is not just a Christian school in name only on The CCU Difference page.




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  1. Holly says:

    My name is Holly, and I would like to comment on CCU. I attended a Christian school as a child until the seventh grade; at which time we moved and I had to begin attending a public school. After graduating from High school, I attended a local collage and obtained a Bachelors degree. Somewhere in there, I think that I sort of let my relationship with the Lord dim. Now that I am attending CCU, I can go online every day and read a prayer that my professor has posted. Also, every assignment that I have done so far has curved around to showcase the Lord. This is great! I really like that everything revolves around the Lord, and I am learning a great deal about what will help me in my future career.

  2. Kelly Clausen says:

    It is incredible to have spent 4 years as an undergraduate at CCU and now continue on into the MBA program. Many of my friends went to Christian Universities but not many of them had the same experience that I did with making lifelong friends who are focused on their faith and mentors who challenge them daily. I now work at CCU and it has been great to “market” CCU for who we really are and not have to convince any prospective students that we are anything different than what we say we are, a Christ centered University.

  3. Jen Walton says:

    I have had the privilege of attending CCU for my MBA degree. As I am nearing the completion of my degree, it is so surreal to look back over the last two years and reflect on how CCU has been so different than other universities. Other online universities that I have attended for my undergraduate degree were so money hungry and focused that there always seemed to be a financial burden in the way of learning .

    At CCU, my experience has been humbling and honestly one of the best decisions of my life. I have grown as a child of Christ through CCU and have gained applicable ways to apply my Christian faith and beliefs to my work environment. I highly recommend CCU to those who are looking for incorporating this into their everyday life. You won’t regret it.

  4. Ryan Wilson says:

    I can comment on this post both from a student’s perspective, as I am attaining my MBA, but also as a staff member of CCU, as I work in the finance department within the CAGS program. While it is important that we provide a Christain worldview experience for students, it is also important to know that the CCU has an internal Christan viewpoint as well. As an employee, we are truly guided by Him to provide the best direction for our students. We use prayer on a regular basis, asking for His guidance not just in our work, but for the students who attend. We frequently have the opportunity to learn from others that CCU brings in to teach faculty and staff of current viewpoints. This helps us to better understand how our students can relate to the current issues in the world. While many people view Christian schools as a way to get a Christian education, they must know that there is also a Christian administration behind it. This can truly define what a Christian school is throughout. Many organizations can call themselves Christian, but it is what comes from within us that determines our goal. CCU puts Him first, before all other priorities.

  5. Rich says:

    I attended a Christian college for my BA, and enjoyed the fact that I was required to question everything about who I was and what God meant to me. Now that I am pursuing my MBA at CCU, I have faced a new challenge of how do I incorporate God in my everyday business transactions. I believe it is something that needs to be asked and when you finally discover what you are really after, life and business becomes a lot easier…at least it did for me!

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