A Clear Purpose
The founding of Nazarene Bible College (NBC) was authorized in 1964 by action of the General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene. The college joined eight liberal arts colleges and a graduate seminary as part of the Nazarene educational family. Within two years of assembly action, a governing board was elected for the new Nazarene Bible College, a founding president was named, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, was chosen as the site for the college.
Within the plan to establish Nazarene Bible College, the supporting leadership of the denomination urged three descriptors they felt should be characteristics for NBC. First, the college should be characterized as biblical higher education; second, the college should be characterized as preparing persons for the Christian ministry, especially within the Church of the Nazarene; and third, the focus in student recruitment should be for second-career adults. These features of the college remain today as the primary and most observable identifiers of NBC.
The college continues to fulfill its purpose and mission in all programs and strives to live by its core values and achieve its educational objectives. As this is accomplished, a student will not only grow academically but will also grow toward wholeness spiritually, socially, and emotionally. To that end, the Office of Student Development provides activities and services that assist a student in his/her own process of growth.