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STATEMENTS & POLICIES

Carver maintains its founding principles and continuous integrity through the adoption of specific beliefs. These beliefs are written as policies and statements to ensure clear standards and expectations in preserving the character of our institution.    

POLICY ON WOMEN IN THE MINISTRY

Carver College believes that the Bible limits the role of a pastor to men (1 Tim. 3:1-7). Therefore, courses that prepare a student for the pastorate are limited to men. The position of the College does not reflect the value or worth of women but rather the ecclesiastical order established by God.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

Carver admits students regardless of their race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin, age, gender or disability. Carver affords each student equal rights and privileges and does not limit access to any of its facilities or programs of academic study. Carver also does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, financial disbursements, or hiring practices.

POLICY ON PLAGIARISM

Carver students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Plagiarism or cheating is unacceptable at Carver. Plagiarism is falsely representing another’s work as one’s own. Plagiarism is theft and is manifested by presenting the ideas or words of another as one’s own without crediting the source. When a student confesses to plagiarism or cheating the professor and/or Academic Dean imposes a penalty that ranges from failure on the assignment to failure of the course to dismissal from the College.

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STATEMENT REGARDING THE MODERN TONGUES-SPEAKING MOVEMENT

Carver College does not agree with the modern Charismatic Movement with its emphasis on the 1st century lesser gifts. As a consequence, Carver does not endorse the modern tongues-speaking movement for the following reasons:

The practice of speaking in tongues usually gives an undue prominence to a gift that had only limited value even in New Testament times (1 Corinthians 12-14).

Believers in the practice suggest that speaking in tongues is the evidence of the special work of the Spirit when in fact the New Testament does not say this.

Speaking in tongues tends to place more emphasis on its practice as an external manifestation of the Holy Spirit than on the work of the Holy Spirit within to produce character and behavior.

Adherents of the tongues-speaking movement claim that “ecstatic utterance” is also tongues-speaking when there seems to be good reason for believing that the gift in New Testament times was that of speaking in previously unlearned languages.

Adherents of the tongues-speaking movement often fail to see that God gives his gifts out of gracious sovereignty, not on demand and that no one gift is for everyone.

We do not deny that God pours out His gifts on man as a demonstration of His supreme grace and love, including the ability to “speak in tongues,” however we do doubt that most of the practices of and emphases given to the modern tongues-speaking movement are biblically sound. In stating our position on the modern tongues-speaking movement, we do not mean to detract from the sincerity or Christian character of many within the movement. However, applicants and Carver employees on their honor, are expected to refrain from propagating Charismatic beliefs.

POLICY ON MARRIED, SEPARATED, DIVORCED OR REMARRIED STUDENTS

Divorced, divorced and remarried, or separated students seeking enrollment will be accepted subject to the following restrictions:

Carver College takes the scriptural position that the pastor, elder, bishop, and deacon are to be the husband of one wife. However, we also believe that the Scriptures allow for divorce under certain circumstances as explained in Matthew 19:9 and I Corinthians 7:15-16. Thus, we believe that a legitimate divorce constitutes a legitimate remarriage (I Corinthians 7:27-28). Therefore, only under such circumstances is it appropriate for the divorced and/or divorced and remarried to hold any of the aforementioned offices. (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9, Matthew 19:9)

Opportunities for the divorced: We believe that there are many areas of Christian service in which divorced persons can serve, as long as they teach the scriptural truth on marriage. After a divorce, a sufficient period of time should elapse to let the impact of the offense subside before an individual occupies any office, especially a conspicuous office in a leadership position.

Our compassion and concern for those who have experienced divorce is undiminished.

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