Community Life Handbook: A Holy Community – Asbury University
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A Holy Community

A holy community is rooted in scriptural principles and time-honored practices for the sake of becoming more like Jesus, reflecting his character, and patterning the unity between God the Father and Christ the Son (John 17). We encourage one another and press on to have the mind of Christ Jesus for the sake of the body of Christ and the world we are called to serve.

Holy Practices

We encourage one another to practice the fruit of the spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness self-control—in our daily lives with the help of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). We also encourage “wisdom from above”—characterized by being pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy, full of good fruits, no partiality no hypocrisy (James 3:17-18, NRSV). Finally, we desire to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1, NRSV).


We exercise Biblical wisdom and discernment in what we view by ourselves and with others. We avoid pornography, graphic sexuality, excessive violence and that which promotes or celebrates the demonic or the occult. Media displayed in common areas must be particularly respectful of the values of Asbury University.

Sexual Behavior

We honor sexual behavior as part of the holy covenant of marriage between a man and a woman. Premarital, extramarital and same-sex behavior are not part of our community ethos. Read the Asbury Sexuality Statement.


We recognize that each life is made in the image of God. Therefore, every person, born or unborn, is worthy of dignity, honor and respect. Abortion is not encouraged or supported in our campus community. Because of the high value of the sanctity of life, students who become pregnant will receive the utmost care and support that is in the best interest of the child, mother and the community, and will also receive support for the completion of their degree.


We are a community that celebrates together. One way we celebrate is through AU sponsored student dances. These celebratory occasions are permitted only with the express permission of the Vice President for Student Life. In addition, some forms of dancing choreography may be included in campus-sponsored dramatic presentations, musicals and “variety” shows as approved by the faculty/staff advisor of the event. Students who attend dances off-campus should dance in a manner that honors Christ and reflects the life of a serious Christian.

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