Indiana Wesleyan University is an institution of The Wesleyan Church, an evangelical Protestant denomination with nearly 400,000 constituents in 5,000 churches and missions around the world. The denomination’s world headquarters are in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers, Indiana. Founded in 1968 from the mergers of several like-minded groups dating back as far as 1843, The Wesleyan Church has its roots in John Wesley’s Methodism.
Although students from Wesleyan churches are a key constituency of IWU, more than 70 Christian denominations and other non-Christian faiths are represented each year in the student body.
The following terms describe who Wesleyans are and why they do what they do:
Biblical Authority: The Bible is the highest source of written authority for God’s plan for His people; it reveals how to live out that plan, individually and corporately.
Christ-likeness: Jesus Christ is the defining feature of God’s will for all humankind. In Christ is found the highest and most practical meaning and clearest example for holy living or godliness.
Disciple-Making: Making disciples is a mandate from Christ. This requires a strong focus on evangelism and training in spiritual growth and holy living. Done well, this will produce and promote growth and health in and among churches.
Local Church Centered: The denomination exists to serve local congregations, which are the most fundamental and strategic points of evangelism and discipleship.
Servant Leadership: Wesleyans respect leadership that is placed over them, while realizing that the authority and effectiveness of spiritual leadership is not primarily bestowed, but earned and maintained by a loving and willing heart of obedience that serves God and mankind gladly.
United in Diversity: There is intrinsic value in every person. Unity becomes all the more important and beautiful in the light of the wide ranges of difference in personality, culture, race, talents and perspectives.