St. Louis Christian College desires to educate Christians and to graduate leaders who are equipped for service to God. We seek learners who are:
- Committed to Christ, highly motivated to serve God and the church.
- Capable of successfully completing the academic rigors of college education.
- Willing to assimilate both knowledge and skills through service and mentored off-campus learning experiences.
- Drawn from a diversity of geographic, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
The campus of St. Louis Christian College sets on 35 acres of rolling hills located in Florissant, MO. The city of Florissant has a long and rich history. Settled in the late 1700s (prior to the nation becoming independent), the village, called “Fleurissant,” by its French settlers and “St. Ferdinand” by its Spanish rulers, was a typical French village of the time. The College is located in a comfortable suburban setting just 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis and the city’s impressive array of cultural and recreational opportunities. Students enjoy both the vitality of the city of St. Louis and the safety of a suburb that is rated the safest community of comparable size in the state of Missouri and in the top 20 safest in the United States. The College’s 35-acre campus includes men’s and women’s residence halls and campus apartments, as well as educational and recreational facilities.
Florissant is proud of its diversity. At the 2010 census, there were 52,158 people, 21,247 households and 13,800 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 69.3% White, 26.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 2.0% of the population.
From its inception, St. Louis Christian College has provided Bible-centered higher education to equip men and women as leaders who impact the world for Christ. The College was founded to meet the ministry needs of the St. Louis region. In June 1956, three St. Louis ministers met to discuss a common concern: the need for leadership in the churches of the St. Louis region. Luther Perrine, Hubert Burris, and Vernon Newland reviewed the evangelistic decline of the previous quarter century and proposed to found a Bible college as a “center of evangelism” for the St. Louis region. Out of that proposal, St. Louis Christian College was established.
St. Louis Christian College pursues excellence in the Word and develops servant leaders for urban, suburban, rural, and global ministry.
St. Louis Christian College is a Bible college where every baccalaureate graduate pursues a major in biblical and theological studies. The Bible’s message informs our understanding of the purpose and predicament of human life, the history of the world, the nature and mission of the Church, and the nature and goal of ministry.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3:16-17
St. Louis Christian College believes that servants of Christ must live by the example and teaching of Christ. We believe that the classical virtues of wisdom, courage, self-control, justice, faith, hope, and love are exemplified by the life of Christ. He, in perfect humility, taught us first to love God and then to love our neighbors as ourselves. The college’s Code of Student Conduct reflects and encourages these values as do our hiring practices and academic programs.
I gave you an example, that you also should do as I did to you. John 13:15
Because our graduates are called to be servant leaders in their chosen fields of ministry, they possess the skills to relate to people of many backgrounds, the heart to serve them in their brokenness, and the judgment to effectively apply the Scriptures to life’s diverse situations. Students are challenged and helped to identify and develop their spiritual gifts and are placed in settings to practice those gifts skillfully.
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. I Peter 4:10-11
A broad base of academic knowledge is fundamental to becoming an educated person who effectively reasons and interacts in society. At the center of a Christian view of life and the world is the proposition that humans and the universe in which they live were created by the God who has revealed Himself in the Scriptures. God is the source of all truth, not just religious truth; and the Bible provides the basis for the ordering of all knowledge. The curriculum at St. Louis Christian College integrates thought and life across a broad academic range and fosters in students a lifelong appreciation for the independent value of knowing.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Proverbs 1:7
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:52
St. Louis Christian College is a diverse community of believers united by Christ in mission and purpose. The intimacy of our campus provides a unique atmosphere for developing lifelong relationships. However, our community extends beyond the boundaries of our campus and into the city in which we live, the church that we serve, and the world we want to reach.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47
See also Romans 12:4-8 and Ephesians 4: 11-13
Although bachelor-degree students pursue any of several different programs based upon their choice of second (ministry) majors, all degree programs share certain common goals. Those common goals are expressed in the following list of Student Learning Objectives. These objectives are supported by specific course assignments and performance standards identified in the SLCC Instructional Assessment Program Plan. Upon completing their program of study at St. Louis Christian College, graduates will …
- Be capable and reliable communicators of the Bible.Therefore, the academic program at SLCC focuses on developing students’ communication and vocational skills.
- Possess a mature understanding of stewardship. Therefore, SLCC fosters financial integrity and responsible management of time and resources.
- Possess unimpeachable character. Therefore, the program at SLCC fosters in students’ habits of accountability and integrity.
- Know how to initiate change. Therefore, SLCC focuses on developing skills appropriate for leadership in a changing world.
- Practice servant leadership on the model of Jesus, addressing social issues and spiritual need among the world’s disenfranchised, both urban and rural. Therefore, SLCC promotes leadership models that focus on physical, emotional, and spiritual human needs in the wider community and around the world, as well as in students’ local churches.
- Engage modern, global, pluralistic, diverse cultures from the standpoint of a robust Biblical worldview. Therefore, the SLCC curriculum aims to integrate thought and life across a broad range of knowledge.
- Know how to partner with other Christians without compromising our commitment to restore New Testament Christianity. Therefore, SLCC promotes the spiritual heritage of the Restoration Movement, especially its twin goals of the “restoration of the ancient order of things” and unity among all believers.