President Jim J. Adams | November 15, 2017

The wisdom of God permeates everything we do at Life Pacific, and our hearts are full of gratitude for the relationships we share that make us who we are. 

By: Jim J. Adams, Ed.D., LPC President

It seems to me that Thanksgiving is a “hindsight” holiday – that is, a celebration of past blessing. What better time then, to remember the goodness of God and to offer thanks for His provision over the past five years at Life Pacific. I trust you can identify the hand of God at work in one or more of the following items from the President’s 10-Point Vision that I shared during my inauguration on October 18, 2013:

  1. A student-centered education in a rapidly changing environment.
  2. Our shared vision of a biblical university.
  3. The promotion of women in leadership and ministry.
  4. A deepened understanding of and commitment to increased diversity in our community.
  5. A focus on internationalizing the College through short-term missions, FMI, global relationships, recruiting, and study abroad.
  6. More effectively serving The Foursquare Church and others.
  7. Re-engaging inter-varsity athletics.
  8. Building relationships with our thousands of alumni and friends.
  9. Responsibly stewarding resources balanced with faith.
  10. Living our lives in community as servant leaders.

We are thankful for fervent progress toward becoming a biblical university in 2019; we boldly and confidently assure women on our campus that they now have an equal place at the table as men; we celebrate rich diversity of culture and background like never before; we enjoy new and renewed relationships with alumni, Foursquare leadership, and the global community; and high caliber student athletes once again live among us on campus as they are mentored by godly coaches and staff and bring healthy notoriety to our institution.

Yes, we have many reasons to be thankful. 

We are thankful for fervent progress toward becoming a biblical university in 2019; we boldly and confidently assure women on our campus that they now have an equal place at the table as men; we celebrate rich diversity of culture and background like never before; we enjoy new and renewed relationships with alumni, Foursquare leadership, and the global community; and high caliber student athletes once again live among us on campus as they are mentored by godly coaches and staff and bring healthy notoriety to our institution.

Turning now to the future, Thanksgiving also reminds me of the power of community and the synergy of like-minded relationships. We do not function in a vacuum and everything we do is focused on honoring Christ and building the Kingdom of God around the world. As we remember what God has done, we also celebrate a new vision for the next five years that will draw us together and challenge us to new levels of growth and achievement.

Read about the newly released President’s Five-Point Vision that will guide us into the next five years. As you do, let me be quick to offer a rousing Thanksgiving shout-out to the host of busy people who provided invaluable input this fall as we sought the wisdom and favor of God.

We are overjoyed with fresh vision for the next five years and the prospect of seeing the blessing of God poured out in new and unexpected ways on our students and the larger Life Pacific community.

We are indebted to leaders from the City of San Dimas, Bonita Unified School District, Foursquare Board of Directors, Pastors and District Supervisors, and also our alumni, current students, faculty and staff. Each of these constituencies offered a unique perspective on the future advancement of Life Pacific and we thank the Lord for the diverse and forward thinking input we received.

This Thanksgiving, as we celebrate a five-year milestone since the 10-point vision was unveiled, we are full of gratitude for the success we have experienced. We are overjoyed with fresh vision for the next five years and the prospect of seeing the blessing of God poured out in new and unexpected ways on our students and the larger Life Pacific community.

The Apostle Paul must have felt similar gratitude as I do today when he penned the words of Ephesians 3:20, 21 (The Message):

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!