Mission

Lipscomb University is a private coeducational institution whose principal focus is undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, combined with a number of undergraduate professional and pre-professional fields, and master's and doctoral degree programs. Its primary mission is to integrate Christian faith and practice with academic excellence. This mission is carried out not only in the classroom but also by involvement in numerous services to the church and the larger community.

Faith. Community. Knowledge. Innovation. Service. These are the five unshakeable pillars that make us who we are. As the world evolves, Lipscomb will always look for more ways to live out our ideals. What will never change, however, is our commitment to intentionally, courageously, and graciously obey God’s will.

At Lipscomb University, We believe that as knowledge grows in use, it also grows in value.
With the lessons of our classrooms, we work in the world.
With the certainty of our faith, we serve the good of all.
With the experiences of our past, we plan for the future.
We believe that when you know your gifts, your God, and your direction, you confidently welcome what comes next.

Mission - Lipscomb University

"A campus recognized as much for its quality as its generosity.
Programs that propel students’ imaginations as much as their careers.
Technologies that transcend boundaries as they build communities.
Faculty whose curiosity is matched only by their compassion.
And students whose characters are as deep as their faith."

Christian Education

At its core, Lipscomb University is a Christian institution. As such, our board has prepared and approved the following Confession of Faith & Heritage statement.

Confession of Faith

We believe in God the Father,
who created the heavens and the earth,
making all human beings as divine image bearers.
We violated the image of God in others and ourselves,
and abandoned our role in the creation.
In response, God chose Israel as a blessing and light to all peoples,
in order to renew the creation.

We believe in God the Son, Jesus the Messiah, who is fully human and fully God,
who, baptized in water and anointed with the Spirit, proclaimed the reign of God:
preaching good news to the poor and brokenhearted
announcing forgiveness by calling all to repent and believe the good news, and
commissioning his followers to make disciples,
baptizing them into the communion of the Father, Son, and Spirit
and teaching them to embrace this new way of life.
Jesus was crucified, giving his life for the sin of the world.
God raised Jesus from the dead,
breaking the power of sin and evil,
delivering us from death to eternal life,
and inaugurating new creation.
God enthroned Jesus as the Lord of creation.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit, the giver and renewer of life,
whom the Father, through the Son, poured out upon us,
enabling us to love God and neighbor, and
binding us together with all believers in the church, the Body of Christ,
and together we give thanks at the table of the Lord.
The Spirit spoke through the prophets and apostles,
and inspired Scripture to equip us for every good work.
The Spirit empowers us
to witness to Christ as Lord and Savior, and
to work for justice and peace
as we seek to live holy and joyful lives.

We believe in the resurrection of the dead,
wait for God’s new heaven and new earth,
and pray, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

Approved February 3, 2018 by the Lipscomb University Board of Trustees

Heritage

Lipscomb University, for all of its history, has maintained a close association with Churches of Christ. It seeks to serve this particular Christian heritage, as well as the broader Christian community.

We affirm the following strengths and guiding principles this heritage has manifested through its history:

First is an ongoing search for truth. We can never fully grasp God’s truth, and each generation must search the Christian Scriptures for itself, not simply resting on doctrines passed down from previous generations. This commitment to an ongoing search for truth is central to the mission of a university.

Second is a commitment to the unity of Christians. Churches of Christ in their modern beginnings focused on bringing divided believers together by setting aside denominational creeds and focusing on the centrality of Christ. The goal was not a new denomination but the union of believers everywhere under the authority of Christ. Though they themselves experienced numerous divisions, Churches of Christ have strong instincts toward unity embedded in their heritage. In a time when denominationalism is receding we seek to draw upon this heritage to serve and bless a broad range of students.

Third is the centrality and authority of the God-inspired Scriptures. Our heritage has taught us to pursue and encourage the study of the Bible, and this remains a central part of Lipscomb’s curriculum.  

Fourth is a high view of the church and a strong commitment to its life and ministry. The church is the “household of God” and the central means by which God carries out God’s mission in the world. The mission and ministry of the congregation is a high priority for us.

Fifth is a high view of God’s work in the church through baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and the gathering of God’s people for worship. We affirm that God has incorporated us into the body of Christ through baptism and is present among us when we assemble to worship in Spirit and in truth through prayer, congregational singing, hearing the Word of God, sharing our resources, and eating and drinking together with Jesus at the table of the Lord.

Sixth is a strong commitment to the priesthood of all believers. Every baptized believer is viewed as a minister and expected to participate in the life, worship, and ministry of the congregation. Prayer is central to all who take this priesthood seriously.

Approved February 3, 2018 by the Lipscomb University Board of Trustees