University description (as per official university website)
Statement of Faith
1. God: There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the Godhead these three persons are equal and united in essence and perfection. They execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
a) God is Father to all people in the general sense of Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He has fatherly compassion for all humanity. God is Father, in a personal sense, to all who profess faith in His only begotten and unique Son Jesus Christ.
b) Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh; we affirm His virgin birth, sinless humanity, divine miracles, vicarious death once for all time, bodily resurrection and ascension, mediatorial work before the Father and the blessed hope of His personal return in power and glory.
c) The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead who proceeds from the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit convicts humanity of sin, righteousness and Godís judgement, calls people to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, indwells and enables the believer to live a holy life, and empowers the believer to witness and to work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. The Scriptures: The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments have their authority from God alone, and are given to us by divine inspiration. They are the only perfect, supreme, infallible and sufficient standard for all matters of faith and conduct. They have been carefully preserved by the providence of God through the work of faithful believers.
3. Humanity: Humanity was created sinless. By the disobedience of the first man and woman sin entered the human race. Through this disobedience all humanity is born sinful, under the curse of condemnation and death, in need of repentance and forgiveness.
4. Salvation: The salvation of lost and sinful humanity is possible only through the merits of Jesus Christ and His substitutionary death on our behalf. Salvation must be received through repentance and faith apart from works. It is characterized by regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
5. The Church: The Church consists of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible also identifies the local Church as an assembly of baptized believers organized for worship, discipleship, outreach and service to others for God.
6. Resurrection and Judgement: There will be a general resurrection of the bodies of the just and the unjust. God will judge all humanity. Those who are saved will live eternally in Godís presence. Those who are lost in sin will receive eternal condemnation.
Statement of Moral Standards
Lifestyle and Ethical Standards Covenant
Every community has standards. As a Christian community, Atlantic Baptist University upholds Christian standards of behavior to which faculty and staff are required to conform. These standards derive not only from the Christian scriptures, but also from the culture of the supporting evangelical constituency.
The staff and faculty of Atlantic Baptist University freely covenant together:
1. To be truthful and honest in all communication; (Exodus 20:16; Ephesians 4:25)
2. To be respectful of one another in action, conversation, and treatment of University and personal property; (Romans 12:10; Exodus 20:15,17)
3. To be sexually pure, refraining from such activities as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, and the use of pornographic materials; (Exodus 20:14; I Corinthians 6:18-20; Ephesians 5:3)
4. To be upright in speech, refraining from blasphemous and vulgar language; (Exodus 20:7; Ephesians 5:4)
5. To affirm Christ's preeminence in our lives, refraining from all involvement in the occult; (Lev. 19:31; 20:6; Deut. 18:9-13; Matthew 6:33; Acts 16:16-18)
6. To be exemplary in personal habits, refraining from such activities that could result in personal offence or repercussions for the University in its policies; (Romans 14:13-22; Proverbs 23:20-21; Proverbs 20:1; Ephesians 5:18)
7. To be committed to Christian standards in all aspects of life, including entertainment choices. (I Corinthians 10:31-33; I Timothy 6:11)
Accepting or continuing employment at Atlantic Baptist University implies a willingness to live within the confines of this covenant, not as a sign of total agreement with every point, but as evidence of respect for the greater group and a desire for the common good.
Failure to fulfill covenant obligations could result in gentle rebuke for correction, restorative and/or disciplinary action (Galatians 6:1).
Process For Restorative or Disciplinary Action*
Depending on the nature and extent of the violation or breach, ABU will attempt to bring about the restoration of the individual in order to maintain a working relationship within the organization. The "discipline" procedure allows for a three-stage process, the second and third stages being at the total discretion of ABU.
The first stage of discipline is the "restorative" process. Depending on the nature and severity of the breach or violation, the "restorative" process may include gentle rebuke which clearly identifies the offensive action and which is intended to elicit repentance by the employed individual in response to the conduct which has created complaint.
In the second stage of discipline, ABU may recommend that the employee undergo professional counseling and assessment and, in addition, may apply a probationary period of employment to allow for the correction of the conduct or behavior of the employee. When restoration is deemed complete and is determined to be successful, as determined at the sole discretion of ABU, and then ABU will provide ongoing support and accountability for the individual employee.
The third stage of discipline is the termination of the working relationship between the employee and ABU. Whereas serious violation of this policy by an employee is recognized by ABU and the employee as a fundamental breach of the relationship, the employee accepts that ABU, at its sole discretion, may terminate the relationship without notice or compensation.
*Adapted with permission from CCCC - August 2001
"Members of the Board of Governors, in having approved this Statement of Moral Standards to which faculty and staff are required to conform, are expected to live within the confines of this Statement as evidence of their identity with, and support of, the mission of the University. "