| the history of wake forest
The essence of the covenant relationship is that it is freely en-
tered into for the mutual benefit of the parties and not for the
purpose of extending rule or control by one party over the oth-
er. Furthermore, the covenant relationship between the Con-
vention and Wake Forest is understood as in the category of
parity, entered voluntarily between equals for the purpose of
providing for certain benefits and obligations to their mutual
advantage. The idea of control by the Convention over the Uni-
versity is inconsistent with a covenant relationship.
The nature of a covenant relationship would provide the
ground upon which a new and promising relationship between
Wake Forest and the Convention could be founded. The rela-
tionship is to be freely entered by equal partners for the purpose
of mutual advantage and would provide a cause for optimism
for resolving the recurrent conflicts.
The working document resulting from this agreement was care-
fully written so as to make clear the responsibilities that the Univer-
sity and the Convention each had in its relations with the other:
The University is a church-related institution. This is a funda-
mental aspect of the University’s educational mission. The Uni-
versity must want to be and aim to be so related. Wake Forest
University will express clearly the institution’s commitment to
Christian objectives and to Baptist principles.
a. Wake Forest University shall actively pursue a strong rela-
tionship with the Convention and clearly express the intention
of that relationship in its published statement of purpose, in its
bulletin and other official documents.
b. Wake Forest University shall make provision for religion
throughout institutional life by making the values of the church
clearly recognizable. The institution will make possible the de-
velopment of campus life that is in harmony with the Christian
faith and principles. The institution shall seek to encourage its
students to be involved in the work of churches.
c. Wake Forest University shall endeavor to bring to its
learning community faculty and administrators who are com-
mitted to the purposes of the University as an institution that
shapes its goals, policies and practices by Christian ideals; who
understand that the Christian faith is part of the institution’s
common life; and who are committed to excellence in scholar-
ship and teaching and to the intellectual and spiritual develop-
ment of students.
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