Why does MVNU have lifestyle guidelines?
The immediate and most obvious purpose for lifestyle guidelines is to provide a common code of conduct within the campus community. These guidelines, established for everyone on campus, student and professor, staff and administrators, are a rationale for desirable behavior and attitudes. While the code isn't so strict that it controls every detail of life on campus, neither is it so loose that it promotes a spirit of "Anything goes!"
But there's much more at stake here than a general attempt to create community on campus and keep it functioning smoothly. MVNU's lifestyle guidelines have value far beyond a few years spent on campus, because they are values that build Christ-like character and are pleasing to God. People on the outside, looking in, should glimpse the promise of a more pure, more selfless lifestyle that brings honor to the Lord Jesus Christ. Additionally, MVNU's guidelines reveal the University's strong relationship with its sponsoring denomination, the Church of the Nazarene.
The Apostle Paul likens the Christian life to a race. In Hebrews
12 he urges us to lay aside the weights and sin that could slow
us down or hold us back and to run with perseverance the race
that God sets before us. In I Corinthians 9 and Philippians3
he tells us to compete to win. Becoming more Christ-like in character
will involve discipline, endurance and a winning spirit.
So at MVNU we set lifestyle guidelines not only to enhance community, but to develop Christ-like character and to live in a style that honors God.