The Advancement department at Johnson University grounds its work on the firm foundation of biblical truth rather than institutional necessity. As such, the purpose, goals, strategies, tactics, methodologies, and practices all must conform to the principles revealed in a proper understanding of that theological underpinning.
There are significantly more theological truths regarding money, stewardship, and even fundraising than the ones discussed here, but these are considered essential to a proper understanding of the intent and operation of Johnson University’s Advancement department.
In summation, these three biblical truths (that God is creator/owner, is a generous provider, and is the transforming redeemer and includes us as partners in his redemptive mission) along with the implications form the underpinning or the “why” for the work we do. They also provide a solid foundation for each Christian to grow in her understanding and practice of generosity.
Each truth may be understood as a building block of understanding and relational growth for the believer in her capacity to become more like Christ. The reality of each truth is not lost with each new revelation but is deepened as the relationship grows more meaningful.
As Redeemer, God’s purpose is to reconcile a fallen creation over which he is the ultimate Steward. Our identity as stewards recognizes and relates to God as Creator/Owner but deepens as we trust his generous provision and ultimate stewardship over all that is and respond with grateful generosity ourselves. Further, in Christ, we are no longer considered as servants but as friends and even as children. Since God, as Redeemer, is at work reconciling “to himself all things” (Col 1:20) and transforming us into the image of Christ “with ever-increasing glory” (2 Cor 3:18) and invites us into partnership, we should joyfully and passionately accept our elevated identity as family partners in God’s redemptive work—partners in his kingdom, family business.
Johnson’s unique contribution to partnership with churches and individual Christians in fulfilling the Great Commission is the education of students for Christian ministries and other strategic vocations. Johnson University’s historic vision and mission have been defined as follows:
VISION: Johnson is open day and night to the poor young man who desires above every desire to preach the Gospel. To bring glory to God and hope to the world by preparing promising students for excellence in Christian ministry through an affordable, community-oriented, Christ-centered education.
MISSION: Johnson educates students for Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations.
“. . . the one all-prevailing, over-whelming, ever-present, ever-crying obligation of the individual Christian . . . is to use his body, his time, his talent, his influence, his money, to see that the gospel is preached in its glorious provision and apostolic simplicity to this generation” (Ashley S. Johnson as quoted in Above Every Other Desire, 2018 edition).
The Advancement Department exists to engage partners in extending God’s kingdom through Johnson University’s historic vision and mission.
We seek to help people experience the joy of generously investing their lives and resources in extending the kingdom of God.