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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.