In its educational programmes, European Nazarene College strives for academic excellence, ongoing spiritual formation, and the practice and development of ministerial skills and abilities which are excellent and relevant to the context and which reflect a Christ-like attitude of “servant ministry.” Focusing on the whole person in a certain context, EuNC’s curriculum is designed to help students reach the four educational outcomes as defined by the Church of the Nazarene for ministerial preparation. The four outcomes, or “four C’s,” relate to areas of knowledge or content, competencies, personal character development, and sensitivity for contextual issues as they relate to effective ministry.
The purpose of such an education can be described in three statements: education as vocation, education as transformation, and education as restoration.
Education as Vocation
Education is part of the human development of maturation. As people learn, they develop a sense of identity, experience what interests them, explore their natural skills, and find a path towards a certain vocation in life. Through education, EuNC intends to help the students find their identity, first of all, as a child of God, as indicated in Psalm 100:3. It seeks to guide the students as they explore who they are and where they come from, but also where they are going. It intends to walk along with students as they find a vocation in life that suits who they are, created by God and shaped by their life experiences. The education EuNC provides is like a partner on the journey, and we hope that students will be inspired to continue on as life-long learners.
Education as Transformation
For many people, education is the accumulation of knowledge. However, at EuNC, we disagree. We do not believe that knowledge is neutral information, merely to be collected and held. Unlike computers, we humans do not store information without effect. Rather, knowledge does something to the learner; it influences the perspectives, values and actions of persons. Theological education is ultimately about the good news concerning Jesus Christ. As Paul indicates in Romans 12:2, this knowledge renews the mind and transforms people. Studying the life-transforming good news and the history of God’s transforming activity in the world can only reach its purpose as the learners become transformed and receptive to the transforming power of the triune God. EuNC’s primary concern in its educational programme is this kind of transformation, not just knowledge, as such.
Education as Restoration
EuNC is convinced that the education it provides needs to contribute to a comprehensive revival of genuine Christianity in order to restore the role of the Church as a transformational agency in society. The Church is marginalized. Those who call themselves Christians need to be intellectually, emotionally, ethically, and socially renewed, so that, as the rejuvenated Church, we may fully participate in God’s mission in society.