I'll never forget my first few days on campus here at OCC. I was 19 years old, a last-minute transfer student from the University of Iowa, and I knew almost nobody.
I had just come out of a “prodigal son” season in my life, when I’d been running from God. Now here I was meeting my new neighbors on Williamson 3rd, buying commentaries for some Old Testament history class, getting skunked on the Bible Knowledge Exam, and wondering what in the world I had just signed up for.
Twenty-five years later, I can tell you what I’d signed up for: a changed life. God used this place to transform me.
Will you start that same journey?
God will use your classes here to change you. You will dig deeply into God’s Word. You’ll undergird your faith with historical and philosophical evidences for your beliefs. You’ll understand people and creation and language and art and culture from a scriptural worldview. You will stretch mental muscles you didn’t know you had, and you’ll discover how to keep learning long after you’ve left the halls of OCC.
God will use your relationships here to change you. You’ll make friends with someone different from you—from New York City or China, big city or small town, long-time believer or brand-new Christian, recent high school graduate or returning soccer mom. It’s a fun community, and you’ll make great memories on crazy dorm adventures or late-night Taco Bell runs. But more importantly, it’s a spiritual community. We’re not perfect, but this campus is filled with people who love Jesus and who will challenge you to love him more deeply.
God will use your service opportunities here to change you. If what you’re learning at Ozark only makes it into your class notes and not into your life, you’re missing the point. We’re here to prepare you for Christian service. “Impression without expression leads to depression,” and the only way to stay spiritually healthy is to serve—to put your education into practice.
God has something specific he wants to do in you while you’re at Ozark.
So get ready for a changed life.
Mission and Vision
The ultimate mission of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The immediate mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education. Emphasis is given to vocational preparation for preaching ministers, missionaries, worship ministers, youth ministers and children's ministers. Biblical and practical training is also provided for those who will serve in the church in non-vocational roles such as elders, deacons, Bible school teachers and youth sponsors.
Ozark Christian College seeks to glorify God by doing his will. God's truth we must "entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also" (2 Timothy 2:2). We are involved in declaring the wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:7-12). We share in the work of equipping "the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ...speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into him, who is the head, even Christ" (Ephesians 4:12,13,15).
We accomplish this purpose of God stated by Paul: "God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. And we proclaim him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ. And for this purpose also I labor, striving according to his power, which mightily works within me" (Colossians 1:27-29). "The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith" (I Timothy 1:5).
Our vision is to be a focused Bible college, reaching the world for Christ one leader at a time.
The Word of Christ Taught in the Spirit of Christ (Colossians 1:28)
We believe the Bible is the true and authoritative Word of God and our final rule of faith and practice. We want to teach God's Word faithfully, in harmony with God's Spirit.
Not to Be Served But to Serve (Mark 10:45)
We are a servant of the church, training vocational and volunteer servant leaders for the worldwide work of ministry. It is the commitment of teachers, staff and students that we will love and serve others.
Speaking the Truth in Love (Ephesians 4:15)
We want to honor God by fulfilling our personal responsibility to be honest and caring with one another.
Trusting in the Power of God and Seeking the Glory of God (1 Corinthians 4:20 & Isaiah 42:8)
We are absolutely and utterly dependent upon God. The work is too great for human resources. We pursue excellence, knowing all glory is God's and any accomplishment is of him.
Atmosphere of Grace, Trust and Freedom (Romans 15:7 & 1 Peter 4:10)
We accept one another as imperfect people saved by the grace of God. Mutual trust, based on our commitment to the Lord, guides our relationships. We desire each person to have freedom to develop God-given gifts.
Restoring Biblical Christianity (John 17:21)
We are committed to teaching and practicing biblical Christianity, believing it is central to unity among believers and evangelization of the world.
Worship in Spirit and Truth (John 4:23-24)
We foster spiritual health through genuine worship, both personal and public. Worship is for the glory of God, exhortation from his Word, and edification of the community of faith.
Ozark Christian College is committed to...
1: exceptional academics.
OCC provides qualified, innovative, and biblically faithful instruction to
prepare our students to serve Christ and his Church.
2: engaging experience.
OCC offers quality co-curricular programs to grow students in Christian
maturity and equip students for Christian ministry.
3: transforming community.
OCC cultivates a life-changing community marked by personal holiness, joyful diversity, gracious honesty, and loving service.
4: distinctive resources.
OCC offers Christ-centered events, materials, and personnel to encourage and equip our constituents.
5: strategic stewardship.
OCC manages physical, financial, and human resources to honor Christ and advance the mission of the college.
Statement of Faith
Ozark Christian College has its roots in the Stone-Campbell heritage (Independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ) that began in the United States in the early 19th century. This heritage seeks the unity of all Christians based on the authority of the Bible for the evangelization of the world. OCC recognizes that creeds and confessions of faith have at times been more divisive than unifying, but in light of its commitment to Scripture, OCC believes that agreement on certain matters of the faith is essential to carry out its mission. Therefore to avoid any misunderstanding or misinterpretation, the following statements are given and all trustees, administrators, and faculty affirm their unqualified acceptance of the following:
GOD: There is one, holy God who eternally exists in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God created all things visible and invisible. God is perfect in wisdom, power, and love, knowing all things past, present, and future, and his sovereign plan of redemption was set in place before the foundation of the world. (Gen 1:1-2, Dt. 6:4, Heb 11:3, Eph 1:9-10; Rev 13:8)
JESUS: Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son, born of a virgin, fully divine and fully human, and our Savior and Lord. Jesus, who was without sin, died in our place as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins, bearing divine wrath, and reconciling to God all who trust in him. Jesus was bodily resurrected in victory over sin and death. He ascended to the right hand of the Father where he presently reigns as our king, high priest, and advocate until his glorious return. (John 3:16, Col 1:15; 2:9-15; 1 Cor 15:3-8, 20-28; 2 Cor 5:18-21; Heb 4:14-15)
HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is fully divine and active in the church and the world. The Holy Spirit draws all people to Christ by illuminating the gospel and convicting of sin. The Holy Spirit dwells in the life of a believer to transform, guide, assure, and empower living a fruitful Christian life. (John 16:8-11; Acts 2:38; 2 Cor 3:17-18; Gal 3:2)
BIBLE: God is revealed in the Bible, the uniquely inspired written Word of God and infallible in all that it affirms. The Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20-21)
HUMANITY: God creates all humans, male and female, in his image, and therefore all people have intrinsic value and purpose. By the sin of the first man and woman (Adam and Eve), death entered the world. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, alienated from God and without hope apart from the blood of Jesus Christ. (Gen 1:26-27; Gen 3; Rom 3:23; Eph 2:1-3)
SALVATION: Salvation can be found in Christ alone and is offered to all by grace through faith. A living faith is demonstrated through repentance, confession, baptism by immersion, and a life of obedience. (Rom 3:23; 5:12, Acts 2:38, Gal 3:26-29; Eph 2:4-10)
CHURCH: The church is the body of Christ on earth, with Christ as the head. God’s church is comprised of a priesthood of all believers, serving as minister of the gospel according to the gifts which God has given them. Together the church is called to make disciples of all nations until Christ returns. (Matt 28:18-20; Eph 3:10; 4:11-13; Col 1:18; 1 Pet 2:9-10)
RETURN OF CHRIST: Christ will visibly return to restore creation and judge the world. There will be a bodily resurrection for the believers to eternal life with God in heaven and for the unbelievers to eternal judgment in hell. In heaven, sin will be no more and those in Christ will live in fellowship with God forever. (Acts 1:11; 2 Thess 1:5-12; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Rev 20:11-15)
Located on a spacious 60-acre campus in the city of Joplin in southwest Missouri, Ozark Christian College is not far from Kansas City, Fayetteville, Branson and Tulsa. Founded as Ozark Bible College in 1942, Ozark began with only 16 students.
Today, over 15,000 students and over 75 years later, Ozark's mission remains the same: we train men and women for Christian service. In fact, over 90% of our graduates enter vocational or volunteer ministry.
OCC's high academic caliber is thanks to exceptional, field-tested professors. Online Learning students, too, receive the same outstanding Bible and ministry training while they serve off campus. With over 50 required hours of Bible classes, Ozark students are grounded in the knowledge and practice of Scripture.
Ozark athletics holds several national and regional championships among our five varsity sports teams. Intramural sports, too, let all students compete and have fun. Ozark's arts programs offer opportunities for music, drama and more, and our close proximity to more than a dozen parachurch organizations like Christ In Youth, Good News Productions International, and Rapha House gives students a chance to learn from even more kingdom leaders.
Ozark's affordability is a real advantage for students. Generous donors and competitive scholarships and grants help keep student costs low. 95% of OCC students receive scholarships and financial aid.
Since 1942, our mission has remained the same: we train men and women for Christian service. Many people want to serve God and make a difference with their lives, but they aren't sure where to start. At Ozark Christian College, we help students discover the kingdom assignment that God has for them, and we help prepare them for whatever that is.
Your mission is out there. Training starts here.