The Baylor Mission
The mission of Baylor University is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.
Established to be a servant of the church and of society, Baylor seeks to fulfill its calling through excellence in teaching and research, in scholarship and publication, and in service to local and global communities. The vision of its founders and the ongoing commitment of generations of students and scholars are reflected in the motto inscribed on the Baylor seal: Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana -- For Church, For Texas.
Pro Ecclesia. Baylor is founded on the belief that God’s nature is made known through both revealed and discovered truth. Thus, the University derives its understanding of God, humanity, and nature from many sources: the person and work of Jesus Christ; the biblical record; Christian history and tradition; and scholarly, artistic endeavors. Affirming the value of both an intellectually informed faith and a religiously informed education, the University seeks to provide an environment that fosters spiritual maturity, strength of character, and moral virtue.
Pro Texana.Integral to its commitment to God and to the church is Baylor’s commitment to society. Whereas that society in the mid 1800s was limited to Texas, today Baylor’s sphere of influence is indeed the world. The University remains dedicated to the traditional responsibilities of higher education—dissemination of knowledge, transmission of culture, search for new knowledge, and application of knowledge—while recognizing the global proportions these responsibilities have assumed. Unto such noble ends, Baylor provides expanded opportunities for civic education and for church and community service at home and abroad.
Aware of its responsibility as the largest Baptist educational institution in the world and as a member of the international community of higher learning, Baylor promotes exemplary teaching, encourages innovative and original research, and supports professional excellence in various specialized disciplines. Advancing the frontiers of knowledge while cultivating a Christian worldview, Baylor holds fast to its original commitment—to build a university that is Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana.