David Lipscomb co-founded Nashville Bible School in 1891 with James A. Harding. The school was renamed in Mr. Lipscomb's honor in 1918, following his death the previous year.
Lipscomb University delivers a complete education characterized by a distinctive integration of Christian faith and practice with academic excellence. This complete education, which includes liberal arts studies and professional preparation, does not suggest a finished education. Rather, it reflects Lipscomb’s commitment to the comprehensive development of each student — spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically — to prepare graduates for life and eternity.
Lipscomb’s Spiritual Identity
Lipscomb is committed to teach truth as revealed in God’s word through daily Bible classes and chapel, encouraging each student to an exploration of scripture, to know Jesus Christ and to grow in His image. Classes in every area are taught in a faith-informed approach by highly qualified faculty who represent the range of perspectives that exist among churches of Christ. “Faith-informed” learning encourages students to understand that all knowledge and skills are to be used to the glory of God in every pursuit. Because of its strong association with the churches of Christ, Lipscomb adheres to central doctrinal interpretations that characterize these churches while creating an inclusive environment that respects and welcomes all who seek an excellent education in a Christian context. Lipscomb also welcomes those for whom an awareness of the spiritual self is unexplored or recently awakened and who are willing to pursue a Christian education.
Lipscomb’s Academic Identity
Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” From this spiritual imperative grows Lipscomb’s commitment to be a nationally recognized Christian university with an excellent academic program, encouraging the highest level of performance and service among employees and students. Students are taught by faculty who combine the highest academic preparation with ongoing practical experience and scholarship. Class sizes encourage faculty and students to create relationships that are constructive, beneficial and personal, and to maintain these relationships throughout life.
Academic programs prepare graduates for roles of superior leadership and service in their chosen professions and an enthusiasm for lifelong learning. These programs also encourage students to develop a sense of world citizenship through a geographically and ethnically diverse student body, wide-ranging cultural and professional growth opportunities afforded by the city of Nashville, study-abroad curricula and foreign mission programs. A vibrant, well-rounded campus life includes social, service, and spiritually oriented organizations and activities, which encourage students to form lasting friendships and to become involved in service to others. Classes and a broad program of intramural and intercollegiate athletics encourage the awareness of physical health and growth, and the concepts of leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship and selflessness.