We teach the Bible as the inspired Word of God, upholding an Anabaptist interpretation. Faculty and staff encourage, mentor, and disciple students on developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, recognizing the presence of the Holy Spirit in daily life. We invite students to examine the significance of Christ’s teachings in all aspects of life, and we model and teach the way of Christ in dealing with life issues, conflict, and reconciliation. Bible classes are a part of our graduation requirements.
Two days a week students are challenged and enriched as a community of believers through the teachings of spiritual leaders from the local community, including pastors, youth pastors, wms faculty and staff, mission workers, parents, and others. Students also take part in weekly small groups where they expand on chapel services and discuss life matters.
Students attend Chapel three days a week where they are challenged and enriched as a community of believers through the teachings of spiritual leaders from the local community, including pastors, youth pastors, WMS faculty and staff, mission workers, parents, and others. Friday chapels are student led, providing a unique opportunity for students to be led, encouraged, and challenged by their peers.
Two “Spiritual renewal weeks” are scheduled each year in which an entire week is dedicated to the spiritual growth of our student body. These weeks include extended daily chapels that involve worship and messages from a special speaker.
All students are assigned a small group that they meet with once a week. These groups are led by WMS faculty and staff with the purpose of promoting unity, accountability, encouragement, and the development of relationships.
The Bible is taught as the inspired Word of God, upholding an Anabaptist interpretation. All students will take Bible classes as they are a part of our graduation requirements.
Regardless of the various backgrounds and convictions represented within our school community, the following are essential, core beliefs of the Christian faith that the Board, faculty, and staff affirm are as follows of Jesus Chrst:
- There is One God who exists eternally as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit | Mark 12:29; Matt 28:18-19
- The full humanity and full deity of Jesus Christ | John 1:1-2; Phil 2:5-8
- The Bible in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments is inspired by God and is inerrant in its original documents, fully reliable, trustworthy, and authoritative as our guide to faith and practice | 2 Tim 3:16
- The spiritual lostness of humanity | Rom 3:10-19; Eph 2:1-3
- The substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ | Is 53:4-5; 1 Cor 15:3-4
- Salvation is by grace alone through faith in the Person and work of Jesus Christ | Acts 4:12; Eph 2:8-9
- We find salvation when we turn to God in sorrow for our sins and He forgives us, cleanses us spiritually, and adopts us into the family of His children | Acts 2:37-39; Heb 10:11-18; 1 John 3:1
- The bodily return of Jesus Christ | 1 Thess 4:13-18
Western welcomes students from all backgrounds and therefore students and families are not required to profess Christianity. However, everyone is expected to respect our faith commitments and to listen respectfully as these commitments are presented as part of Western’s curriculum and other programs. Because the Bible is our guide to faith and practice, we go to the Bible to guide us in deciding the many issues that are presented to us. These decisions are reflected in our Board Policies, Faculty & Staff Handbook, Student Handbook, and other places.