Community Life Statement

A community by definition is a group of people living together who share a common way of life which is expressed in shared beliefs, goals, values, purpose, responsibilities and communication. Inherent in this common way of life is a set of principles and derived customs which characterize the distinctiveness of such a community. These time-established customs become the traditions with which members of the community identify. Asbury University is a community of learners in the American Christian liberal arts tradition. Founded in 1890 upon the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, Asbury University established its mission to prepare students educationally to impact their world for Jesus Christ. This mission is demonstrated in the institutional motto: “Eruditio et Religio”; that is, “Learning and Religion.” This heritage of academic excellence and spiritual vitality has been the hallmark of the University’s greatness for more than a century, and this commitment continues today.

From its beginning, Asbury University has been distinctive in the culture of its day, not for the sake of being different, but because the University possesses a different world view. Integration of academic excellence and spiritual vitality requires training which is clearly different from the larger world’s perspective. During the course of our history, the community has established guidelines, which are examined and cautiously revised in order to maintain its heritage and mission in an ever-changing world. While these guidelines may be examined and altered, it is absolutely essential that we remain totally committed to the Asbury University heritage of Christian faith and grace and to the concept of a dynamic Christian community.

A distinguishing mark of a Christian community is that its members commit to a set of basic principles which are considered essential to maintain the spirit and health of the community. At Asbury University, the basic tenet of our community is found in Jesus’ two great commandments in Matthew 22:37-40:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.…And…you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Thus, members of the Asbury University community seek to love God and practice self-sacrificial love in relationship to others. Such disciplined community living is essential preparation for servant-leaders who will give their lives to fulfill a cause greater than themselves.