For over a century, Tabor College has impacted the lives of thousands of people. Established in 1908 by those of the Mennonite Brethren and Krimmer Mennonite Brethren faiths, Tabor’s doors were first opened with 39 students and three instructors. Before the end of that school year, enrollment sky-rocketed to 104.
Sadly, a fire destroyed the building that housed the College for its first ten years. But supporters of the College quickly joined together and built two new buildings: a dormitory-dining hall and an administration-classroom building. These buildings – the Mary J. Regier Building and the H.W. Lohrenz Building – are still in use today.
While Tabor College has continued to be affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, changes have been made in the organizational structure from time to time. The Tabor College Corporation owned and operated the College until 1934 when ownership was transferred to the Board of Trustees of the Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church of North America. The College now operates under our own charter. Our Board of Directors is responsible to the Mennonite Brethren churches of the Central, Southern, Latin America, and North Carolina districts.
Tabor College also formed an extension of the main institution when Tabor College Wichita opened offices in 1993 and the first classes began the following year. Undergradute and graduate degrees have been offered in Wichita.
As a college that is owned and operated by the Mennonite Brethren Church, Tabor College accepts and seeks to follow the Confession of Faith of the General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, adopted in 1975 and subsequently revised. Mennonite Brethren doctrines are in agreement with those of most evangelical Christians. Following are some of the important beliefs in the Mennonite Brethren Confession of Faith:
The God of the Bible is the one true God. He has existed for all time and is the Creator of everything.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The life and teachings of Jesus provide direction for Christian living, and Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension provide the means by which we come to God. By making a conscious, personal commitment to Christ as Savior and Lord, humans find forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
When Jesus ascended, He promised that God, the Holy Spirit, would come to convict persons of sin, be their guide and teacher, and empower them for faithful discipleship. The Holy Spirit is present in all believers.
The Bible is inspired by God and is the infallible and authoritative guide for the life of Christian discipleship.
Being Christ’s disciple means moving past the initial commitment to Him to careful obedience to Him, recognizing Him as Lord, loving others as well as loving God, and seeking to bring others into faithful discipleship.
God created humans in His own image, but with the ability to do evil as well as good. Because of the sacredness of human life, procedures and actions which terminate human life violate God’s plan.
Christ’s obedience to the Father, along with His death and resurrection, make possible the reconciliation of humans to God. In turn, the Bible teaches Christians to be reconcilers, both in bringing people to God and in helping to reconcile conflicts among humans. Faithful Christians seek to be peacemakers in all situations and to find nonviolent ways to achieve justice.
The Church consists of all true followers of Christ. The Church is a community in which its members faithfully interpret God’s voice and where we are accountable to one another for faithful Christian living and for the life of the Church.