The local Academic Advisor is a Teaching Elder at the Virtual Student’s local church who will maintain a relationship with the student and give his approval for the Virtual Student by inquiring about the student’s life, marriage, and family as well as his academic progress and his preparation for the Gospel ministry.
All Academic Advisors must sincerely believe the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. Among other equally biblical truths, we believe and maintain the following:
- The organic divine inspiration of the Scriptures in the original languages, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and, as the Word of God, the supreme and final authority in faith and life;
- The Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
- The essential, absolute, eternal deity, and the real and proper, but sinless, humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ;
- His birth of the Virgin Mary;
- His substitutionary, expiatory death, in that He gave His life “a ransom for many”;
- His resurrection from among the dead in the same body in which He was crucified, and the second coming of this same Jesus in power and great glory;
- The total depravity of man through the Fall;
- Salvation, the effect of regeneration by the Spirit and the Word, not by works, but by grace through faith;
- The everlasting bliss of the saved, and the everlasting suffering of the lost;
- The real spiritual unity in Christ of all redeemed by His precious blood;
- The necessity of maintaining, according to the Word of God, the purity of the Church in doctrine and life.
In addition, Academic Advisors are to agree with the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms as containing the system of doctrine taught in Scripture
Every Academic Advisor is to be actively engaged in the work of the visible church. He is to be a member and under the discipline of a church or presbytery. He is regularly to attend the stated services of worship. His church is to be in full accord with the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith.
Every Academic Advisor must profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and his Savior and Lord. It is expected that they will be exemplary in their personal faith and conduct. This includes a consistent testimony personally, at home, at church, at work, and in society at large. Their lives are to be marked by daily Bible reading and prayer, and active attendance and service in the church. They are to cultivate the Christian virtues, as God enables. They must be free from practices or habits which are harmful or damaging to his Christian testimony. Since they will be training future ministers of the gospel, their life is to be such that students can observe as an example of a useful Christian minister.
a) Maintain an ongoing dialog with the Virtual Student through inquiring about the student’s life, marriage, and family as well as his academic progress and his preparation for the Gospel ministry.
b) Approval of the Virtual Student’s enrollment in a VCP course.
c) Submitting an annual Academic Advisor Survey of the Virtual Student’s progress and development.