Religion and Philosophy Department Objectives

The Department of Religion seeks to support the mission of Eastern Nazarene College through the careful and faithful preparation of students for all levels of ministry, which includes professional, academic, and as lay members. In addition, we seek to provide academically sound and ecclesiastically faithful religious instruction for all students at ENC through the teaching of General Education courses. All of our efforts are consistent with our commitment to our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and, specifically, to the Church of the Nazarene.


  1. Students will demonstrate integrated knowledge of biblical studies, Christian theology, philosophy, church history, and practical theology within the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.
  2. Students will be able to identify and analyze theological and practical issues that arise within the church and society and will develop theologically and biblically sound responses to them.
  3. Students will demonstrate an appreciation of the various forms of Christian worship expressed through art, music, and liturgy.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively regarding theology and faithful Christian practice in the church and society.
  5. Students will develop and demonstrate a personal commitment to faith formation, Christian ethics, and participation in the life of the church.
  6. Students will develop the awareness of global Christianity and develop the ability to engage effectively in cross-cultural ministry.
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