In this community Hillcrest students build muscles to manage life. They share rooms with students from other cultures, learning how to communicate in the face of conflict.
These cultures spill over in the classroom. A simple example is that Hillcrest students come from countries that support communism, socialism, capitalism, and tribal ideologies. The Hillcrest classroom holds varied perspectives. Students learn to use logic, and to communicate winsomely in love inside the classroom setting.
The living and learning environments are governed by the Bible. Students are taught that every person is made in the image of God and holds special rights. They are also taught that ideas have consequences that impact image bearers. Ideas are handled with logic, while students are treated with love and support befitting their image that rests in the character of God and not the content of an idea or argument.
Inside this learning environment students build muscles that forge confidence and equip them for life. Students are prepared to handle conflict, because they built understanding and pathways to deal with frustration inside the living environment. Students’ sense of self is reinforced in the image of God, where they study and are taught that their value was set in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Inside this framework, Hillcrest students report that their first years of college are attacked with confidence, facing difficulties but having muscles to handle the obstacles.