Trinity College prepares students to engage and influence their local and global communities through holistic Christ-centered liberal arts education.

To accomplish this, Trinity College, as an academic community, commits itself to distinctive objectives:

  1. A Reasoned Belief in the Christ-Centered Focus of Truth
    A belief that:
    • Affirms a personal and loving God as source and sustainer of all created beings and values.
    • Proclaims Jesus Christ as liberator and Lord of individual and corporate living.
    • Appropriates Holy Scripture as God’s direct and definitive self-disclosure.
    • Discovers God’s continual self-revealing activity in every aspect of nature, life, and knowledge.
    • Provides illumination and significance to the quest for understanding in all its dimensions.
    • Engages in open-minded inquiry as an appropriate response of love to God.
  2. A Liberal Arts Approach to Learning
    An approach that:
    • Gives systematic exposure to the heritage of human experience.
    • Sharpens the ability to form significant questions and sound judgments.
    • Teaches consistency and comprehensiveness in thought and clarity, and coherence in expression.
    • Cultivates appreciation for the beautiful, the imaginative, and the delightful; as well as empathy for the unlovely, the commonplace, and the tragic.
    • Develops the human capacity to create, which reflects the creative power of God.
  3. A Sustained Interest in Every Participant
    An interest that:
    • Respects the dignity of each person as a unique image-bearer of God.
    • Takes seriously the particular concerns of current and former students, faculty and staff, administrators and trustees, and those in its various constituencies.
    • Supports each member in the integration of all the facets of his or her personal growth.
  4. A Purposeful Involvement in Contemporary Society
    An involvement that:
    • Subjects pervasive human problems to penetrating critical analysis.
    • Confronts deterioration and corruption in institutions as well as individuals.
    • Translates Christian compassion into redemptive social action, with special sensitivity to global injustice and ecological stewardship.
    • Points men and women, individually and collectively, to their ultimate need for God’s forgiving healing and grace.
  5. A Serious Attempt to Encourage Career Potential
    An attempt that:
    • Applies formal instruction to issues of current importance.
    • Offers guidance in the development of life-planning skills.
    • Emphasizes a range of vocational possibilities more than specific occupational training.
    • Promotes effective participation in the body of Christ.
  6. A Creative Balancing of Tensions Inherent in the Educational Process
    A balance that:
    • Sets and strives for high ideals, but confesses and struggles with flaws and limitations.
    • Allows for maximum realization of freedom and order, spontaneity and continuity.
    • Recognizes the necessary interdependence of reason and faith, reflective thinking and responsible acting.
    • Treats with tolerance and fairness ideas that are novel, traditional, simple, or complex.
    • Requires equally of all who teach and learn both careful research and effective communication.
    • Transmits Christian values while sustaining the exercise of individual moral decision.
    • Discriminates between need and excess in the use of natural and economic resources.
    • Distinguishes good from evil, but refrains from separating God’s universe into “sacred” and “secular” compartments.