I Am Because We Are – the Hesston College strategic plan


A Nguni Bantu term, the concept of “ubuntu” roughly translates to “I am because we are.”

If you are at all familiar with Hesston College, you likely understand why the concept of ubuntu resonates so strongly with us. The heart of Hesston resides in relationships modeled on Jesus, who reminds us that we are to love our neighbors (Matt. 22: 37-40) and that our neighbors are anyone in need—even a stranger; even an enemy.

As a Mennonite college for all, Hesston will “educate and nurture each student within Christ-centered community.” This strategic plan foregrounds that commitment. From strengthening our existing programs to the realization of an Ubuntu Village, our way of educating and nurturing takes place in community. This is the embodiment of ubuntu.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission

Hesston College, a college of Mennonite Church USA, educates and nurtures each student within Christ-centered community, integrating thought, life and faith for service to others in the church and the world.

Our Vision

Hesston College graduates change the world as they serve through their vocations, churches, families and individual commitments to follow Christ.

Hesston College is a transforming community where students, faculty and staff dedicate their intellect, passion and skill to a future where: Hope replaces despair • The poor are clothed and fed • The sick are made whole • Peace replaces war and conflict • Justice replaces oppression • Creation is renewed • The gospel is proclaimed.

Our Values

Excellence • Christian Community • Culture • Relationships • Creativity • Stewardship • Joy • Transparency • Caring

The strategic plan

Because we are centered on Jesus Christ – Aspiration 1

Because we are dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning – Aspiration 2

Because we are engaged through mutual respect – Aspiration 3

Because we are devoted to creation care – Aspiration 4

Because we are energized by growth – Aspiration 5

Because we are built on integrity – Aspiration 6