The foundation of our philosophy of ministry and education is based upon the conviction
that a student’s relationship to God is primary and that growth in maturity in Christ is a central goal of our endeavors for students
enrolled in online classes at Ouachita.
Our hope is that as you learn to love God with your mind, you will come to appreciate
that in following your call to be a student you are indeed following God’s will for
your life. The work you do online to prepare yourself for the future is a worthy
endeavor and one that will bring great joy and satisfaction to you. We want you to
be persuaded that participation in curricular and extra-curricular activities will
provide growth in a multitude of dimensions so essential to becoming a strong well-balanced
In helping you to cultivate a life of the mind, we want to open you to the freedom
that is found in seeking to grow in your capacity to understand the will of God in
a full-orbed fashion. Spiritual growth and sanctification are realized as a mind
is made strong by scholarly practices. The process of your online education will
bring with it the realization that ignorance and fear can best be banished through
the discovery of truth and the power of love.
Because all truth is God’s truth, we are compelled to look for truth wherever it may
be found, which includes truth regarding our relationships, our health, our thinking
and our behavior. The truth of human finitude is also important to affirm. The idea
that I am a finite being created in the image of God working with other finite beings
made in God’s image compels me to treat them with dignity and view my own insights
and understanding in humility. The basis for building fellowship and community is
strengthened by the full acceptance of the fact that I am a dependent creature capable
of giving and receiving wisdom and understanding.
A holistic view of ministry causes us to appreciate that maintaining healthy relationship
with others as a vital witness before others which also applies to an online community.
A full acceptance of our humanity under the Lordship of Christ causes us to seek
excellence in our work and that of others, while accepting and allowing for human
frailty and failure in light of God’s grace.
Regular Bible study, prayer, fellowship and the practice of faith in a practical demonstration
of love is the basis of personal discipline and practice. Our hope is that you will
feel truly connected to the Ouachita community and that your online experience will
be filled with discovery and joy.