“And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” Luke 2:52.
As Jesus grew, he did so both physically and socially; his was perfect growth. This perfect growth is what I desire for our students.
Physical development is mechanical, growth in stature and in size automatically for God. However, while God intended our bodies to grow as designed, we can help our bodies become stronger, healthier, more energetic, and more elegant. When we recognize our bodies are houses of the Holy Spirit, physical care becomes our joyful duty. The outside of a house tells a lot about who lives inside. I want my students to be physically neat, clean, healthy, and attractive inside and out.
Intellectual development is not as mechanical as physical growth. The more we put ourselves into the study and practice of learning, the more interesting and successful people we become. If we want to advance in the kingdom of God, we need to grow in the knowledge of God and our responsibilities for the expansion of God’s work on earth. Jesus was twelve years old when he said, “Did you not know that I had to be in my Father’s affairs?” The Holy Scriptures are the primary source to understand God intellectually. Shepherd University is committed to providing the most applicable wisdom and knowledge available so that its students are properly equipped to minister effectively.
To grow in grace with God requires more than reading about Him, it involves knowing him personally and intimately. This growth requires friendship, fellowship, time, dialogue, meditation, and contemplation. If you are moved by the God of the Scriptures, you should become his friend. Shepherd University provides various means to fall into God’s grace and rise up with power in Jesus.
To grow socially is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” To love those around you will make you an evangelist and disciple-maker. Shepherd University allows students to experience God in a small group setting with professors and peer-students.
Equipping you holistically so that you can fulfill your dream wholesomely in the Lord is our priority!
So with this mission in mind, welcome to our school!
Dean, School of Theology