What We Believe

Our Mission

To develop creative and thoughtful leaders who
understand a maturing Christian faith.

Our Vision

To be recognized as the finest Christ-centered,
servant leadership development-focused,
liberal arts experience in the Great Plains.

Our Core Values

In active, vital partnership with church, community and strategic partners, and ever striving for first-class quality in all that it does, the Sterling College community will be guided in all its work by the following intrinsic values:

Faith: Faithful discernment of and response to God's self-revelation in Christ in Scripture

Calling: Faithful discovery and pursuit of each person's particular calling in life

Learning: A love of learning and a dedication to the pursuit of truth

Integrity: Integrity in scholarship, the arts, athletics, and all other cocurricular activities

Service: Faithful practice of redemptive servant leadership involving a vision of wholeness in a broken world

Community: Mutual respect amid diversity as members of the body of Christ


Institutional Learning Objectives

The Sterling College graduate will:

  1. demonstrate sufficient content knowledge to be successful in his or her chosen profession or advanced academic endeavors.
  2. demonstrate understanding of relationships between his or her chosen area of study and the world and its cultures.
  3. exercise the intellectual, communicative, and social skills reflective of creative and thoughtful servant leadership.
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the personal and civic skills necessary for a productive life of faith and service.
  5. demonstrate understanding of how biblical principles affect personal, professional and academic life.

Our Statement of Faith

The Board, faculty, administration and staff possess an active and visible Christian faith which encourages the entire campus community in our pursuit of a wholesome and practical Christian life. We personally trust in and collectively bear witness to the one, eternal God, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in God the Father who created the heavens and the earth.We believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus suffered, died and was buried. He rose from the dead. Jesus ascended into heaven and remains with the Father and the Holy Spirit to judge the living and the dead. Jesus Christ alone is the way, the truth and the life. There is salvation in and through no other.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit who is the comforter, sustainer and sanctifier of all who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

We believe that humanity has hope for redemption from sin by Jesus Christ's life, death and resurrection. It is by God's grace alone that we joyfully receive our salvation through a personal faith in Jesus Christ.

We believe that the Bible is God's revealed Word. It is authoritative and infallible in all matters of faith and practice.

We believe that the Church is the body of Christ and God's witness in the world.

We believe that Jesus Christ will return and claim his own, ushering in the new heaven and new Earth in which righteousness will dwell and God will reign forever.