2020-2021 University Catalog

Vision, Values and Mission

Vision Statement

Multnomah University is a diverse community that equips students to love Christ and serve their neighbors through their lives and work.

Core Values

Scriptural Centrality

We affirm that the inspired Word of God informs every aspect of the university’s academic programs, co-curricular activities, and institutional operations and that biblical studies are foundational for all its programs.

Christ-Like Spirituality

We provide a learning community that promotes personal and spiritual development through a growing love for Christ and one another that is integrated with academic study and effective service.

Institutional Integrity

We are committed to institutional integrity in all aspects of the university including organizational communication, financial stewardship, and the equitable treatment of all persons.

Academic Excellence

We foster educational excellence in a context of academic freedom by promoting scholarly inquiry, by embracing a biblical world view, and by integrating faith and learning across the academic and professional disciplines.

Practical Expression

We seek to develop reflective, effective servant leaders through directed, practical experiences to discover and use their abilities to serve Christ.

Community Nurture

We promote spiritual formation by cultivating a respectful and collegial community of maturing Christian believers.

Church Partnership

We serve the Church by providing biblical, theological, and professional training; and we partner with local churches in promoting biblical spiritual renewal and justice across Christian traditions.

Global Mission

We promote a missional perspective of God’s work in the world by encouraging persuasive communication of the gospel and commitment to global ministry.

Cultural Engagement

We seek to engage culture by understanding our world broadly and biblically, by integrating the richness of human diversity appropriately, and by expressing our faith incarnationally.

Mission Statement

Multnomah University’s mission is to equip Christian students through higher education to become biblically competent, academically proficient, spiritually formed, and culturally engaged servant leaders, shaped to be a transforming force in the church, community, and world.

Core Themes

Core Themes embedded in the above university mission statement are integral to the institutional assessment process. We seek to measure our effectiveness in the following areas.

  • Christian formation:  We educate both the head and the heart in the knowledge and application of a biblical worldview, providing every student with integrated biblical studies to structure and promote spiritual and personal development. 
  • Academically proficient:  We foster educational excellence in a context of academic freedom by promoting scholarly inquiry, by embracing a biblical worldview, and by integrating faith and learning across the academic and professional disciplines.
  • Culturally engaged:  We seek to engage culture by understanding our world broadly and biblically, by integrating the richness of human diversity appropriately, and by expressing our faith incarnationally.

Multnomah’s core themes correlate to four of our institutional core values. Christian formation is described by scriptural centrality and Christ-like spirituality; academic proficiency is described by academic excellence; and cultural engagement is described by cultural engagement.