Code of Conduct
GBBC believes that the Christian should be living a life that is exemplary and above reproach in all areas. In keeping with this philosophy the following code of conduct is established.
We are before God and our fellow man committed to:
Adherence to the above will be demonstrated in daily living that reflects the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) in every child of God. All persons associated with GBBC should be growing examples (Eph 4:11-14) of the biblical principle of living in the world while not being of the world.
This code of conduct finds more complete expression in the trustee, faculty, and student handbooks. All trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and students are subject to this code of conduct and will by their signatures at the beginning of each semester pledge to abide by it.
It is the firm conviction of the Grace Baptist Bible College family that there must be a ministry to individual students as God created them: spiritual, mental, physical, social, etc. Our first priority is the strengthening of the inner man so that each person may grow in grace (2 Cor. 4:16; 2 Pet. 3:18) and live to serve (Eph. 6:6-7). This can and should be done without the neglect of other areas of growth and development (Matt. 22:37, Luke 10:27, Phil. 4:8, 2 Cor. 3:16; 6:19-20, Eph. 4:23, Gen. 1:26-28, Ex. 31:2-6, I Kings 7:14), and it should be done to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). GBBC seeks to provide both the atmosphere and activities where each student may develop and cultivate spiritual gifts and physical talents so as to maximize them in Christian life and service.
GBBC acknowledges all believers have been raised to walk in newness of life; therefore, each student is challenged to live a Christ-honoring life rooted in the Word of God and empowered by the Holy Spirit. GBBC desires to enhance and encourage spiritual growth and maturity through an emphasis on a biblical philosophy of Christian living which is manifest in the following areas: a life of personal devotion and prayer; a life faithful to church and Christian service. This will also include a life of faithfulness to class, chapel and special events throughout one’s years of formal training at GBBC.
GBBC believes, and the Word of God teaches, that the Christian life is at the very heart of the Christian’s being. Christian attitudes and behavior are not added to a life, they stem from the new life in Christ. The mentoring emphasis at GBBC is specifically intended to teach, encourage, and practice this truth.
A critical component of our mentoring philosophy at GBBC is the Barnabas Committee. This committee exists to foster the spiritual growth of our students. Its primary function is the administration of the college mentorship program. The committee will endeavor to faithfully pray for students, answer their questions, provide guidance in critical decisions, make referrals when needed, and also deal with problems when they arise. This committee consists of representatives from administration, faculty, staff, and the students.
GBBC employs a unique system for student housing through the use of families and local churches. The college provides a listing of families who have agreed to room and board students in their homes. All families are recommended by their local church pastors, have undergone background checks, and participated in orientation with the college. We believe this will help families to feel secure in placing their sons and daughters in host families. Further, all families have agreed to support the college Code of Conduct and are in agreement with the requirements of the Student Life Guide. GBBC believes this type of housing increases the mentoring philosophy and encourages responsible Christian growth. Financial arrangements are between the students and their host families. While it is our desire that all students seek and maintain this type of housing arrangement for the duration of their educational experience at GBBC, the following age requirements are in effect.
All students below age 21 are required to be housed with families unless they are living in a faculty approved home with faculty approved supervision. Underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) age 21 or older need to apply for independent housing approval prior to enrollment. Upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) age 21 or older may seek independent housing arrangements. Further information on housing may be found in the Student Life Guide.
GBBC endeavors to keep its tuition as low as possible in the hope that the outside employment of our students may be kept to a minimum. GBBC recognizes the need that some students have for employment concurrent with their college experience. It is recommended that this employment be kept as limited as possible, so such students can devote themselves to their academic studies.
During the fall semester we dedicate a significant part of a week to a combined Bible-Missions Conference. It is an important time in which Bible conference speakers and veteran missionaries are invited to spend time with the GBBC family. All our speakers will bring strong biblical challenges during the general sessions, while workshops will provide opportunities to focus on particular fields of ministry and various aspects of missions.
Additionally, seminaries, missionaries and agencies will bring displays which will provide ample opportunity for the GBBC family to interact with our special guests. This conference is designed to encourage personal interest in Bible training and missionary service.