The mission of Northland International University is to glorify God (1) by providing an educational environment for developing servant-leaders in honesty, obedience, wisdom, and service to love Jesus Christ with all their heart, soul, and mind and (2) by teaching students to live by the principles of God's Word, to walk with God as His faithful laborers, and to serve in local churches for revival, world evangelization, and the discipling of future generations for the cause of Jesus Christ.
Preparing the next generation of servant-leaders for Great Commission living.
Northland International University stands firmly in the stream of Baptist faith and practice. We recognize the need for a Bible college to rekindle a fervor and zeal for the ministry both at home and abroad. Each major is saturated with Bible and doctrine courses as well as practical ministerial training courses, both of which are vital in preparing and training students for life and ministry.
The goal of Northland International University is to provide an atmosphere of academic excellence and classroom discipleship to prepare servant-leaders for Great Commission living. True education produces individuals with both hands of skill and hearts for God (Psalm 78:72). The Northland International University faculty is committed to train individuals whose chief desire is to serve the Lord so that they will be motivated to serve others in their chosen field of ministry.
We reject the idea of a value-free education. We believe that truth is centered in Jesus Christ and that all knowledge should be related to Him. We believe the Bible should be the philosophical foundation for all subject matter and that it is a faithful guide for all curricular and pedagogical decisions. By committing ourselves to carefully and purposefully delivering truth in the classroom, we seek to produce future servant-leaders who can likewise communicate biblical truth with clarity and passion.
To accomplish this goal, we strive to offer courses that provide students with both academic theory and character development in a rich, hands-on learning environment. This emphasis allows us to equip students with the ability to confront the unforeseen challenges of the future while enabling them to have immediate success in a variety of ministry settings. In order to continue his education and to graduate, a Northland student must demonstrate both academic competence and godly character consistent with the vision, values, and philosophy of the institution's mission and ministry.
Being transparent with God and others
Doing what I should do, when I should do it, how I should do it, and with the right heart attitude and spirit toward the authority asking me to do it
Skill, ability, and insight gained from God's Word for the purpose of living a life that honors and glorifies God
Investing my life (personal relationships, personal plans or priorities, and personal possessions or pleasures) in ministry for the good of others rather than for the pleasure or advancement of self
To preserve the institution's integrity and philosophy of ministry, the following standards of biblical conduct have been established. The specific application of these standards will be found throughout the institution's policies and procedures.
The following objectives outline our institutional mission:
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Holy Bible. The sixty-six books comprising the Old and New Testament canon were inerrant in the original writings and thus constitute the believer’s final authority for faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16–17)
We believe in the existence of one true and living God (Deuteronomy 6:4). We also believe in the doctrine of the Trinity; that is, within the unity of the Godhead there exists three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who share the same essence are are co-equal and co-eternal while exercising distinct though harmonious works.
We believe in God, the Father, commonly spoken of as the first member of the Trinity. God is an infinite and perfect Spirit who is the source and support of all things. He is perfect in His attributes and purposes. (Genesis 17:1; Psalm 139:7, 11; Acts 15:18; Ephesians 1:11)
We believe in Jesus Christ, commonly spoken of as the second member of the Trinity. He was and is the Eternal Son of God, possessing both absolute deity and perfect humanity. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and gave His life on Calvary as a sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. He arose bodily from the grave, ascended back into heaven, and is today acting as the believer’s advocate and Great High Priest. (John 1:1 and 15a, 9:6; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Timothy 2:6; Luke 24:39; 1 John 2:1)
We believe in the Holy Spirit. As the third member of the Trinity, He is not just an influence but a person. He is actively involved in the world in bringing the lost to Christ for salvation and in performing many wonderful ministries for the saints. He also gives gifts to believers and empowers the obedient Christian for service. (Matthew 28:19; John 3:5, 16:8; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:7ff, 13; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18)
We believe that the universe and mankind are the results of the direct creative act of God. God created the universe and that which it contains in six consecutive, twenty four hour days. We reject all forms of evolution whether naturalistic, deistic, theistic, or progressive. (Genesis 1:1, 27; Colossians 1:16)
We believe in the existence of angels. Angels are spirit beings created by God for the purpose of bringing Him glory and fulfilling His purpose in the universe. They are more powerful than human beings but are not all powerful. (Psalm 103:20, 148:5; Hebrews 1:13–14)
We believe that within the body of angelic beings there exists a group, which we refer to as fallen angels, headed by Satan himself. Satan, also known as the devil, is a real person created by God as the angel Lucifer who, because of rebellion, fell from that lofty position. When he fell, he took part of the angelic hosts with him. Today these demonic hosts serve Satan just as the good angels serve God. Satan is in the business of opposing God and God’s people in any way possible. His eternal destiny has already been determined in the Lake of Fire. (Isaiah 14:12–14; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:7, 20:10)
We believe that man is a direct creation of God. Man, who was created in the image and likeness of God in a state of sinlessness or innocence, did by transgression fall from that lofty position, and in so doing all of mankind are now sinners by nature and by choice. In the fall mankind incurred the just condemnation of a Holy God, resulting in both spiritual and physical death. (Genesis 1:26–27, 3:1–19; Romans 5:12–19, 2:10–12, 23)
We believe in the salvation of sinners. The basis or ground of our salvation is the finished work of Christ on Calvary, and the avenue of our salvation is repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation does not come by what we can do but by what He has done. It is offered freely to all. We are simply the recipients of His matchless grace. When we receive Christ as our Savior, we are regenerated, justified, adopted, sanctified, and shall some day be glorified. When we are genuinely saved, we can never be finally lost because our destiny depends on His keeping power and not on our own. (John 3:16; Acts 3:19, 4:12, 20:21; Romans 5:1, 8:15, 30; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 2:8–9; Philippians 1:6; 1 Timothy 4;10; Titus 3:5–7)
We believe in the sanctification of the believer. Sanctification in the Bible has the idea of the believer’s being set apart for God’s service and thus becoming more like his Master. Sanctification can be viewed in three aspects. Positional sanctification occurs the moment a person is saved; he dons the robes of Christ’s righteousness. Practical sanctification is an ongoing process whereby the believer becomes more and more conformed to the likeness of God's Son. Perfect sanctification shall occur someday when we go to be with the Lord (either through death or translation) and when we no longer have to contend with the old nature because we shall become like He is. (1 Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 3:20–21; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 John 3:2)
We believe God has given spiritual gifts to Christians to serve in and through the local church. Every believer has at least one gift, and the use of the gifts is always for the ultimate purpose of bringing glory to God. Among the gifts listed in the Bible, we believe that sign gifts have ceased for today. Therefore, we reject the modern Charismatic Movement and the confusion it has brought. (Romans 12:6–8; 1 Corinthians 12:1–11, 13:8; Ephesians 4:11–12)
We believe in the church of Jesus Christ as God’s institution for this age to accomplish His purposes in the world. The church as the Body of Christ is comprised of all believers from Pentecost to the Rapture. Local churches are visible expressions of the Body of Christ meeting in a particular time and place. Christ is the Head of the Church, and the Word of God is to be its source of authority. The local church is to be comprised of baptized (by immersion) believers who meet together for worship, fellowship, service, edification, and evangelism. Local churches are to be led by men serving in the biblical offices of pastor and deacons. They are to observe the two ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Acts 1:5, 2:41–47; 1 Corinthians 11:17–34, 12:13; Galatians 1:2; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:2, 8)
We believe that God’s plan for the end of the age may commence at any moment with the first stage of Christ’s Second Coming, known as the Rapture of the Church. This Rapture will include all believers of this age and will precede the Tribulation. The Tribulation will last seven years, after which Christ will return to earth with His saints in what is the second stage of His Second Coming, otherwise known as the Revelation. Christ will then set up His millennial kingdom upon the earth for a literal 1,000 years at the close of which He will judge unbelievers in the Great White Throne Judgment, which will usher in the eternal state. We believe in the conscious, eternal punishment of the lost in the Lake of Fire and the blessed, eternal life of the saints in heaven. (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17; Revelation 3:6–19, 19:11–16, 20:1–6, 11–15; 21:1–8)
We believe God has called believers to live a life characterized by personal, ecclesiastical, and even familial separation. Personally, we are to refrain from all things that would defile us or bring shame to the name of Christ that we bear. We are called to live a life characterized by holiness and purity and to be an example of what the believer is to be like to a watching world. Ecclesiastically, we are called upon to refrain from cooperation or alliances with groups that do not stand unashamedly for the truths revealed in the Word of God. Therefore, we cannot accept the position reflected in the Ecumenical Movement, Neo-Orthodoxy, New Evangelicalism, or the various branches of the Charismatic Movement. We believe cooperation should be limited to those of like precious faith. (Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 2 Corinthians 6:14–17; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14–15; 1 John 2:15, 17; 2 John 9–10)
A degree in Biblical Studies provides a wide range of options for any student desiring to go into the ministry. From church planting to youth ministries, the degree will equip every student with the tools needed to study the Word of God effectively as well as teach and counsel in the local church. Each student who pursues a degree in Biblical Studies will choose an emphasis in one of the following eight emphases: Bible exposition, biblical languages, church planting, biblical counseling, evangelism, pastoral studies, theology, or youth ministries.
Northland is passionate about the Cross-Cultural Studies program, which prepares students for global ministry. Through specific courses and a cross-cultural internship, students are equipped to fulfill the Great Commission.Thee Cross-Cultural Studies degree offers the following two emphases: cross-cultural education and missions. The cross-cultural education emphasis further prepares the student, especially through the use of TESL, for tentmaking service in countries not traditionally considered open. The missions emphasis focuses on developing the student’s preaching skills and church development strategies. This major is also ideal for those who would like to become linguists and Bible translators.
For those who love quality literature and find themselves correcting grammatical errors, majoring in English at Northland might be the perfect avenue! Northland’s English teachers love their subject matter and invest themselves in each student, inspiring a deep affection for good literature and excellent writing skills. This is a useful foundational degree that will equip you for future graduate work.
Northland’s History degree offers a rich and varied program. From Middle Eastern History and Islam to World Geography, the courses in the history program provide a well-rounded picture of the philosophies, religions, and events that have shaped the world. Studying history truly equips students for life and will also provide students a solid foundational degree for future graduate work.
Ministries today need godly coaches to mentor their students as well as organized office managers to supervise the details of the ministry. If a young person is interested in working for a local church or a parachurch ministry—such as a camp or Christian school, Northland’s Church Ministries degree will provide excellent preparation. With this degree a student can choose one of the following five emphases: camp ministries, Christian education, family and women’s ministries, office administration, or sports ministries. Individual skills will be refined, and the student will be prepared to thrive in one of these specific areas of ministry.
God has blessed some young people with a gift for teaching and working with children. Majoring in Elementary Education will equip students with the tools necessary to teach academic subjects enthusiastically, to organize and manage classrooms efficiently, and to deal with various learning styles and abilities. Most importantly, graduates will posses the ability to guide young hearts to the Gospel and to shape open and receptive minds with a thoroughly biblical worldview.
Northland’s English Education degree will not only inspire a love for literature and excellent composition, this program will also allow you to walk confidently into a secondary-level English classroom, competent to instruct in grammar, composition, and literature. This degree could also be coupled with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language, which would further equip graduates to teach in classrooms all over the world.
The History Education program at Northland offers excellent preparation for teaching history on the secondary level in both traditional and innovative classroom settings. Course work includes traditional subject content as well as carefully designed field experiences. History has objective value, and Northland’s history faculty believes that God is the author, sustainer, and end of all human endeavors. This degree will ground students in the Word of God and provide them with a thorough understanding of the discipline of history.
Some students enjoyed and excelled in their high school math courses. If they would like to continue in this field of study, Northland’s Mathematics Education program will thoroughly equip them with the necessary skill set. Northland’s math faculty firmly believes that math is a powerful tool by which the Creator reveals Himself to show the complexity, uniformity, and brilliance of the universe. Whether the student’s goal is to teach on a secondary level or to pursue further education, this program will teach the student how to think critically and and to develop essential problem-solving skills.
Music is a gift from God, and the Music Department is excited to prepare students who can minister God-honoring, biblically based music effectively in local churches, on the mission field, or as teachers in Christian schools or private studios. The music core includes a strong combination of classes designed to refine a student’s music theory and to deepen an understanding of music history and literature while providing many performance opportunities. Each Music major must choose one of the following four emphases: church music, music education, piano pedagogy, or voice pedagogy.
Students who love theatre or performing literature will love Northland’s Speech Education degree. The Speech Education degree blends training in public speaking, performance studies, or dramatic productions with Northland’s unique brand of ministry drama. Students may choose one of the following three emphases: directing, performance studies, or public speaking. Northland offers many performance opportunities, allowing students to develop their talent during their four years of college. This degree culminates in a senior recital that reflects the student’s emphasis.
For students who are unable to pursue a four-year degree, a two-year associate of arts degree may be the perfect solution!
An associate degree in Church Ministries will equip you with the foundational training needed to be effective in one of the following two areas. The family and women’s ministries focus provides young ladies with the skills needed to be effective in the home and local church. The office administration focus provides the basic skill set needed to assist in any office environment (church, missions agency, school, or other organization).