The Vision of John Witherspoon College

Our Purpose

 . . . to glorify God as the beginning and end of all knowledge. 

Our Mission

. . . to build a community of Christ-centered, classics-based education for service to the church and the world.  Here’s what that means:

(1)  “Classics-based”—JWC offers classics-based curricula, such as were standard at institutions of higher learning in Western Europe and America until modern times.  Classics education emphasizes comprehensive, contextualized bodies of knowledge over fragmented and over-specialized academic disciplines, analytical thinking over the (mere) acquisition of data, and cultural responsibility over the consumer or career mentality—emphases that correspond in general to the grammatic, logic, and rhetoric dimensions (phases) of classical learning.
(2)  “Education”—At JWC, education is the mission, pure and simple.  But education at JWC means “wisdom” for living and leading in God-honoring ways.
(3)  “Christ-centered”—JWC seeks the Lordship of Christ over every area of life, from scholarship that takes account of creation, chaos, and the redemption of the cross, to worship that seeks the living presence of Christ, to relationships that model the unity for which Christ prayed (John 17:20-21), to principles and practices that bear witness of His holiness, truth, and love.
(4)  “Community”—In the words of Jesus Himself, “everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6.40).  Not only in teaching, however, but in all relations, JWC aspires to model authentic Christian community.
(5)  “Service”—The true end of education for biblical Christians is not the acquisition of knowledge, preparation for the job market, or credentialing, important as these are in their own right.  Rather the end of education is to serve, that is, to bring to bear in every place the blessings of the Kingdom of God.
(6)  “Church and World”—As a Christian institution, JWC serves the church, which is God’s primary agent for His Kingdom work in the world.  But the ultimate purpose of that Kingdom work is a transformed world.  This part of the mission reflects the exhortation of Scripture: “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10).

Our Vision . . . to serve our world in the name of Jesus Christ, through a community of “salt-and-light” scholarship in the historic Christian intellectual tradition, intended to develop citizen leaders who know and love God, who know and love truth, and who know and love the world.