2018-2019 University Catalog

Educational Philosophy

While we live and work in a world of rapid change, we at Multnomah Biblical Seminary hold eternal values to be embraced and imparted. Three of these constitute the core of our educational mission: the unchanging Son of God, the inerrant Word of God, and the immeasurable importance of people. Consequently, the seminary’s educational philosophy can be summarized as preparing Christian leaders to take revealed truth of the risen Savior to real people.

The word “biblical” remains the center of our mission, our programs and our curriculum, as well as our name. Effective ministry training presumes a knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. At Multnomah, we not only teach about the Bible, but insist that students interact honestly, thoroughly, and personally with the biblical text itself. We insist that theology and ministry philosophy flow out of the text. Faculty members model the willingness to let Scripture inform their worldview, approach to ministry, and personal Christian walk.

All of Scripture is a commentary concerning Christ (Luke 24:44). As a nondenominational institution, which reinforces orthodox teaching about Christ’s person and work, we also seek to exalt Jesus as the sublime model of leadership. Through every facet of our educational program, we urge one another to strive toward Christ-likeness and emulate the traits of the humble servant-leader. This is not left to chance. Spiritual formation courses, the mentored ministry experience as well as the regular curriculum reinforce this emphasis.

Ministry always involves people helping people. Ministry preparation must hone the habits and skills necessary for bringing to people the good news of Christ and the mirror of His Word. Servant-leaders must possess a passion to touch people–whether believers active in the local church or nonbelievers who need to respond. They must sharpen their skills to understand and equip their church, serve their community, and impact their world.