Download Full Text (2.5 MB)

Download Table of Contents (306 KB)

Download Foreword by Gregg A. Chenoweth (528 KB)

Download Section One Title Page: Telos Foundations (248 KB)

Download On Being a Christian by Alan Lyke (447 KB)

Download Called unto Holiness: Christian Holiness in the Wesleyan-Holiness Tradition and the Vocation of Nazarene Colleges and Universities by Mark H. Mann (474 KB)

Download Missio Dei: Wesleyan-Holiness Missional Discipleship in the Church of the Nazarene's Colleges and Universities by Mark A. Maddix (449 KB)

Download Wesleyan Ways of Knowing and Doing by Timothy J. Crutcher (448 KB)

Download Two Parts of a Whole: The Church of the Nazarene and Its Educational Institutions by Mark C. Mountain (525 KB)

Download The Lasting Impact of Nazarene Educators by Linda Alexander (663 KB)

Download Section Two Title Page: Telos in Application (222 KB)

Download Transformational Learning by Richard Leslie Parrott (400 KB)

Download The Social Scientist at Nazarene Institutions by Lena Hegi Welch (411 KB)

Download Integrating Faith and Content in the Humanities: A Historian's Conversational Approach by Dennis C. Williams (626 KB)

Download Philosophy and the Wesleyan Vision by Lincoln Stevens (386 KB)

Download Faith Integration in the Natural Sciences: Creation and Biology by Darrell Falk (392 KB)

Download Children in God's House: Teaching Cosmology at a Nazarene University by Stephen Case (388 KB)

Download Faith Integration in Nursing by Teresa Wood (395 KB)

Download Studies in the Performing Arts by Don Quantz (414 KB)

Download Faith Integration in the Professional Arena of Business by Jan Weisen (392 KB)

Download Section Three Title Page: Telos Across Culture (308 KB)

Download Nazarene Higher Education: A European Voice by Peter Rae (467 KB)

Download Nazarene Education from an African Perspective by Rodney L. Reed (376 KB)

Download Brazil Nazarene College's Response by Steven D. Hofferbert (363 KB)

Download Response to the Pole Project by Abraham Seung-an Im (339 KB)

Download Afterword by Barbara M. Ragan (341 KB)


A collection of essays that attempts to articulate the common “center pole” around which Nazarene higher educators stand and the theological and pedagogical commitments that draw them together. An end product of the Pole Project, the volume is a values document for Nazarene educational institutions and was produced and reviewed by 51 faculty at 16 institutions from six countries. The title, Telos, comes from the Greek term used in the New Testament to address the perfect end, or destination, for which Christians are designed. We achieve this when we are perfectly aimed by God. Each contribution in the collection discusses where Nazarene higher education is headed and seeks to explain why the end goal of Nazarene education is unique.

The volume is organized into three sections. The first provides theological and epistemological foundations. The second illustrates how those commitments are applied to particular academic disciplines. Finally, four Nazarene educators from various parts of the world balance these North American views with cultural commentary.

Document Type


Publication Date



Bourbonnais, IL


Nazarene Higher Education, Church of the Nazarene, Christian Higher Education, Faith Integration, College Teaching


Higher Education Administration | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education


Copyright 2011 by Gregg A. Chenoweth and Barbara M. Ragan, Editors

Telos: The Destination for Nazarene Higher Education