Our mission and vision at Wartburg College
Wartburg College is a school in the 21st century. This means that we provide education based on the Bible and the three Calvinist doctrines, known as the Three Forms of Unity, to young people with an eye on participation and distance. This education is aimed at responsible, involved and fundamental citizenship.
The basis of this mission can be found in the words spoken by the Lord Jesus Himself in Mark 12, verse 30 and 31: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” The various notions from the mission determine the way in which we want to be school.
The most important notions of our vision are:
A Biblical perspective
The Bible is God’s Word. This word has authority for all fields of life. In our education we assume as a reality that we have broken our relationship with God by sin. Thank God it is does not end there! We believe and confess that ‘whoever believes in Christ crucified, will not perish, but have eternal life.’ We want to transfer this message to our pupils. At heart this is not a matter of intellectual knowledge, but rather a matter of knowing the secrets of God. This relationship with God has a central position. Pupils are initiated into life in a way which co-ordinates with their age, comprehension and emotional development.
Citizenship: participation and distance
Christians are citizens on their way. This means that in a certain sense they are strangers. We are not at home here, but expect the ‘the city which has foundations whose Builder an Maker is God. (Hebrews 11, verse 10). That does not mean that we withdraw from the world and our responsibilities. Christians make choices. We are committed, sincere and faithful to the community in which we take our place.
Teaching: passing on whatever is valuable
In our education we want to pass on whatever is valuable. God has created the world. In our education we want to impart reverence and awe for this to our pupils. On the basis of what is necessary in our society (exam programmes) and what we find important from our tradition, we make choices in our education as to what knowledge we convey and which skills and competences are important.
Teachers have a valuable task. Besides transferring knowledge, this task consists in the first place of touching the pupils’ hearts ‘that they might set their hope in God’ (psalm 78, verse 7). This requires skills, integrity and identity from teachers. In this respect teachers differ and that is allowed. Teachers are human beings who can link pupils and what must be learned.
Young people who attend our school have their own specific gifts and talents. We provide education which fits in with their age, possibilities and perspective of the future. We consciously work at a safe pedagogical climate in which pupils may learn by the method of trial and error. From our pupils we ask discipline, self-control and concentration.