Second, OBU is differentiated from secular models in the area of faith integration and spiritual formation. Following Augustine's approach, credo ut intelligam , faith is a precondition of genuine knowledge rather than a mere capstone to a body of knowledge already acquired. Although secular institutions are increasingly hostile and closed to Christianity, faith and learning at OBU is integrated rather than taught as if they were two separate spheres of reality. Likewise, spiritual formation and character development are foundational in all areas of the University - academics and athletics, student development and residential life, and all other aspects of OBU. Although OBU is not a church, it is the intellectual arm of the ministry of the church. Our Christian faith provides the unity for the University.

Third, OBU is committed to fulfilling the Great Commandment. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength" (Mark 12:30 HCSB). The command to love God with all one's mind requires study, learning and exploration of the marvelous works of the Creator. As Christians we are obligated to develop and use our minds - our intellect - for the glory of God as we engage the culture in which we live. This obligation is manifested in excellent classroom instruction and scholarly activities.

Fourth, OBU views its mission as the preparation of disciples for successful leadership and service for the Kingdom and for fulfilling the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). OBU serves and partners with the church. One way in which this is accomplished is through the preparation of ministers and pastors for service to the church and for denominational agencies. Another is by preparing an educated laity capable of assuming responsibilities and providing leadership to the church. The church requires spiritually mature and intellectually astute members, and OBU is uniquely positioned to help prepare individuals for these roles of service and leadership.

Fifth, OBU is actively engaged in professional education. Although the liberal arts are foundational, as agents of transformation we recognize that many areas for service are increasingly found in professional arenas, including preparation for study in law, science, medicine and nursing, education, business, technology, and public service. These important areas of professional service are best designed when built upon the foundation of the liberal arts.

Oklahoma Baptist University's vision is to continue as a distinctively Christian university that prepares students, through the integration of faith and discipline, to be transformative servant-leaders and agents of change in their families, churches, workplaces, and ultimately to influence the world.