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Framed by the Great Commission by L. Thomas Smith Jr.

Framed by the Great Commission

Exploring Johnson University’s Mission Statement

by L. Thomas Smith Jr.

Pages: 70

Dimensions: 5 x 8

  • EDUCATION - General
  • EDUCATION - Essays
  • EDUCATION - Reference

Type : Paperback

ISBN : 9781632211293

Price : $9.99

This book will be available to purchase on
November 09, 2020.

Type : Hardcover

ISBN : 9781632211309

Price : $18.99

This book will be available to purchase on
November 09, 2020.

The Johnson
University mission statement guides the University's approach to
academics, finances, enrollment, student life, spiritual formation,
community engagement, and more. But mission statements must be explained
well and repeated often. In fact, Dr. Tommy Smith believes the first
priority of his presidency is to communicate, guard, and guide the
mission of Johnson University.
To that end, Dr. Smith has written a series of articles that articulate
the University's mission, explain its current application, and provide
context for its central role in the life of the institution. This
six-part essay series is collected here as a resource for Johnson
University's students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, community
partners, and friends.
"It is one thing to construct a worthy, historically consistent, focused
mission statement and another to implement it within every aspect of
the institution," Smith writes. "Whereas Johnson University formally
committed to this specific mission in 2011, we continue to learn its
implications, especially as our educational contexts and challenges
continue to change. It is imperative that the Johnson community
systematically reviews and reaffirms its mission and continues to
clearly communicate that mission to its external constituencies."
What does it mean to educate students?
What does it mean to educate students for Christian ministries and other
strategic vocations?
What does it mean to be framed by the Great Commission?
What does it mean to extend the kingdom of God?
What does it mean to be among all nations?

Author Photo

L. Thomas
(Tommy) Smith Jr. is the seventh president of Johnson University. He is a
graduate of Johnson Bible College, Emmanuel School of Religion, and the
University of Tennessee. He also served as professor of history and
theology, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and vice president
for academic affairs/provost at Johnson.
He is the author of Above Every Other Desire: A History of Johnson
University, 1893-2018, and has contributed articles and book reviews to
various publications. Tommy keeps an active speaking schedule and has
conducted short-term mission trips around the world. He and his wife
Deborah have two sons and six grandchildren.

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