Creating and explaining operational policies is one of the most difficult tasks for administrators in Christian institutions.† The difficulty is present because students of this generation have a hard time understanding the whole concept of restraint.
Here are the biblical principles that guide the creation of policies at CABC. †For many rules are a badge that make a statement of spirituality. †We reject this idea. †Rules are functional, the serve a greater purpose. †We say it this way:
- Rules are not a badge – make a statement of our spirituality
- Rules are a button – they serve a function
I. Purpose – Our Mission
The mission of Central Africa Baptist College is to glorify God by advancing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping godly men to be pastors, evangelists and/or educators and trainers of Christian leaders for distinctive service to Christ our King in strategic fields of African ministry.
This is to be accomplished through a God-honoring, Christ-centered, Scripture saturated educational program and environment unashamedly committed to the passionate worship of God in truth, submission to the authority of Scripture, a life of personal holiness, the priority of the local church, and the mission of evangelizing the world by making disciples and teaching them to observe all things that Christ has commanded.
Training the next generation of servant-leaders in Africa for Great Commission living.
We must understand our mission because mission determines policy.
When our mission is fixed upon absolutes and a God-given mission – there will be opposition from the world and carnal Christians. †Our mission is motivated by:
- Godís Glory (I Cor. 10.31, Rev. 4.11)
- Otherís Good (Mt. 28.19-20, Phil 2.21)
There are three typical types of Students. †Their characteristics can be seen in †II Tim. 2.1-6
- Self-Seekers – No rules. †Their attitude is, donít tell me how to live my life.
- Short-Cut Takers – No restrictions.† Didnít come to work but to get a degree.
- Sluggards – No rigor.† Lazy.† Donít know what they want.† They are in Bible College because someone thought it was a good idea.
Paul in this text gives three examples of discipline. †These disciplines are necessary if a student is to be successful in his studies:
- Soldier – willing to feel the pain and be focused.
- Athlete – no rule no wreath.† There are disciplines and grueling training to become an Olympic champion
- Farmer – Hardworking and focused on the Harvest.
II. Policy – Our Method
Purpose and Policy are vitally connected!† Our Purpose determines our policy! †It is helpful to understand the difference between Institutional and Personal policies and that in both categories there are two types of policies: †Absolute and Relative.
- Institutional Policy – Set by an institution for its operation
- Absolute Policy – Needs nothing to support it.† Stands alone.† These are biblical commands – Ten Commandments, donít cheat, donít steal, donít lie.† Modesty is a biblical command.
- Relative Policy – True in relationship to something else.
- There is no chapter and verse.
- Every institutional relative must be traced to a biblical principle
- Lights out – Discipline (I Co 9.24-27)
- T-shirts in class – Appropriate
- Dress Standard:† Is it modest?† Is it deference?† Is it appropriate?
- Music – Identification (I Thes 5.22)
- Individual Policy
- Absolute Policy – Based upon commands of Scripture
- Relative Policy – Will vary based upon people and circumstances.
- Paul – I will not insist upon my rights I will do what is good for the group.
- Daniel – Purposed in his heart – appealed to the Eunuch for particular food but when commanded to bow the Three Hebrews stood upon the absolute.
Policies at CABC are founded on biblical principles. †Below are examples of principles found in God’s word:
|Authority||Heb. 13.17||Identification||I Thes 5.22|
|Control||I Cor. 6.18-22; 9.27||Deference||I Cor. 8.9-13|
|Protection||Rom. 13.14||Dead to self||Gal. 2.20; 6.14|
|Order||I Cor. 14.40||Discipline||I Cor. 9.24-27|
|Ownership||I Cor. 6.19-20||Love||I Cor. 13|