The CCU community seeks to encourage individuals to understand and use their unique, God-given gifts and abilities. Our hope is to see growth in the areas of spiritual and emotional maturity, interpersonal relationships, social awareness, and intellectual abilities, producing students centered in Jesus Christ. We intend for students to be intellectually prepared to pursue a career where they can individually serve others, live out their faith, and affect change in the world around them. The Lifestyle Covenant expresses a commitment to educate men and women in the process of integrating their faith and education. This agreement also expresses our commitment to providing an atmosphere for study, personal exploration, involvement in interpersonal relationships, spiritual life, and growth that is conducive to students achieving goals, while enjoying living and learning in community.
Central to our foundation is the hope that each student will strive to deepen their relationship with the Lord while deepening their understanding of a particular academic discipline. It is our expectation that each student commit to growing spiritually in the following ways:
Living in daily fellowship with others in the Christian community is a privilege and an expression of God's grace. In recognition of this privilege, we place great value on the quality of relationships in our community. We believe the greatest expression of fellowship and the highest principle for relationships is love.
"We should love one another. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers . . . let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth. Since God so loved us, we ought to love one another. Whoever loves God must also love his brothers." 1 John 3:11-16, 18, 4:11, 21.
We exemplify this love in the following ways:
CCU realizes that struggles occur in relationships and believes that it is through continual effort and accountability an atmosphere of loving one another enough to forgive, heal, and grow exists.
One of the distinctions of Christian higher education is the pursuit of a community that follows the example of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible. Such a community requires enforceable standards that reflect our institutional mission and provide a framework for student behavior. The Bible teaches the lordship of Jesus Christ over all; the care of our whole being as temples of the Holy Spirit; the careful stewardship of the mind, time, abilities, funds, and opportunities; loving God with all of our being and loving your neighbor as yourself; personal righteousness; the practice of justice; evangelistic outreach through word and life; and the responsible exercise of our freedom.
Students are expected to be aware of and follow the guidelines in the Student Handbook, to act in consideration of others, and to exercise personal restraint when dealing with issues not specifically addressed in the Bible. To this end we have highlighted some of the student expectations found in the Handbook.
With this understanding of our benefits and responsibilities as members of the Colorado Christian University community, we covenant together as a body of believer-scholars to pursue the challenge of living out this covenant.
Colossians 3:12-17 provides an appropriate summary of the goals for our community:
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against each other. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all of these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom . . . with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father."