The following values are what shape the educational experiences for the staff and students at Vinelife University. VU has also adopted the Core Values and Relational Values of the broader Vinelife Church community. We pray these values are tangibly experienced by each student that comes in to Vinelife University.
Culture of Love
We will always aim to love you and interact with you out of love. Jesus said love your neighbor as you love yourself. It is very important for you to love yourself, receive God’s love and receive our love. We expect you to keep love at the center of all that you are and all that you do.
Empowerment, not Control
We have a very empowering culture and work to not have a controlling culture. That means we will work hard to call out the destiny in you and empower you to reach your full potential. An empowering culture has honor and respect as its core value. A controlling culture means you are motivated externally by the fear of others. A controlling culture has fear and punishment as its core value.
You will never reach your full potential until you take responsibility for your own personal greatness. As long as you perform so that you don’t get in trouble you haven’t taken responsibility for your own life. We will never work harder to solve your problems than you do. We will solve problems with you, but not for you.
We expect you to give an account for your life to your overseers whenever you are asked. Learn to trust someone more than you trust yourself.
Faith is spelled “R-I-S-K”. If you want to grow, you must take a risk. If you don’t fail once in a while, you are not taking enough risks. (Obviously, we are not talking of moral or character failures). You must fail at least three times at VU, or you can’t graduate (Again, not moral or character failures). When you are asked to do some exploit by the leadership, we strongly prefer you don’t decline.
Life flows from honor. We have been called to a rectangular table; not a round table where all have an equal voice. There are levels of honor in the Kingdom. Take the low spot like James says and let the host move you up. Always deal with God, your leaders, yourself and each other with honor and respect. Don’t choose your behavior out of fear that you will be punished. Do the right things because you don’t want to disappoint God, leaders or yourself.
We have a confrontational culture. If you do something that we think needs to be adjusted, we will talk to you about it. If any leader in our environment does something that you think needs adjusted, you are invited to go to them privately and talk to them. Don’t talk to others about an issue until you have first talked to the person that offended you. If this does not go well, you may then request to speak to them with their supervisor.
You are in a culture that expects the supernatural to happen often. You will find yourself in situations where if God doesn’t do a miracle, it may not work out well. These are the times to press in and pray. You will be expected to walk in the supernatural power of God. Get used to it.
You are royalty, princes and princesses of the King. You are not peasants. Learn to think and live out of you new identity.
We expect you to be honest no matter what it cost you. Trust is built on honesty and integrity. Telling half-truths, cheating or lying destroys trust. Trust is the foundation of all good relationships.
Mind of Christ
As a Christian you have the mind of Christ. We want to teach you how to think more than what to think. Therefore, you have permission to use your mind.
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