Values and Educational Philosophy
of the Global Center for Mental Healthcare and Ministry
at Houston Baptist University
As an inter-denominational Christian institution, the Global Center for Mental Healthcare and Ministry enhances the intellectual, spiritual, and practical skills and abilities of the individuals, institutions, and communities that it serves by emphasizing high academic standards, practical application, and spiritual formation. The Center’s motto, “Academically Sound, Clinically Excellent, Distinctively Christian,” reflects the commitment to provide comprehensive knowledge and godly understanding of counseling-related issues as an instrument for wise and balanced servant-leadership. The educational philosophy is guided by a focus on excellence and embodied in a set of core values:
Anchored in biblical scholarship, the integration of spiritual, academic, and practical education is given the highest priority. Education of the whole person is assimilated within all areas of study.
Inquiry and Knowledge.
Personal and spiritual growth are emphasized, which strive to instill within all students, staff, and faculty, a love of learning. There is a strong commitment to develop an informed student body, to foster intellectual inquiry in all its forms—empirical, theoretical, and spiritual—and to develop the capacity for critical thinking.
There is a focus on the practical application of knowledge and expertise to address real life issues, the scope of which may be local, regional or global. A Christian servant-leadership model seeks to coalesce theory and practice.
Biblical principles of leadership and servanthood are incorporated into the learning process that recognize the importance of identifying, creating, and responding to the interests and needs of diverse constituencies.
The aim is to create, an environment that cultivates both individual excellence and institutional integrity. Students are encouraged to strengthen their personal ideas and values with those presented through Global Center courses and programs.
Careful management of financial, human, spiritual, and intellectual resources is necessary to integrate program values. In addition, the mission of the institution is most likely to be achieved when faculty, staff, and students take responsibility for upholding the full scope of these values.
The Global Center is grounded on a set of beliefs about education derived through reflection. This educational philosophy is rooted in Christian theism, honoring both special revelation (the biblical history of God-man relations that have followed the design of creation/fall/redemption), and that of general revelation (the history and practice of science in the many fields of knowledge).
Consequently, both religious and secular subjects are considered to be worth studying. Acquaintance with each construct equips students to better understand themselves, society, other cultures, the natural environment, and the history of ideas. Such understanding carries the corresponding obligation to influence society and a post-modern culture as spiritual “salt” and “light.”