The Jackson Institute is a leadership development organization whose mission is to contribute to the cultural, intellectual, and spiritual formation of individuals who are on a passionate quest to be welcomed, received, and acknowledged by God. We are committed to the vigorous pursuit of truth and offer many venues and resources for those who are seeking satisfying answers to life’s most challenging questions. Through engaging discussions, mentoring relationships, strategic training, lectures, and recommended readings, we seek to foster life transformation in Christ as a passionate response to the Great Commandment, the Great Commission, and the Cultural Mandate.
The numerous and time-tested resources we recommend include some of the greatest books and literature ever penned to address the deepest longings of the human mind, emotions, and will. For the one who longs to know God and is willing to pursue a deeper understanding of the gospel, a distinctively Christian worldview, and an uncompromising commitment to follow Christ, the promise remains that the one who seeks, finds.
Our philosophy of ministry emerged after years of studying the life of Jesus Christ, who shaped and trained his disciples to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Following His teaching, example, and methods, the Institute offers comprehensive discipleship training, personal spiritual direction, and advanced leadership training.
Encouraging both individual and corporate discipleship, the Institute promotes healthy environments for building godly character, developing practical skills, and imparting objective truth, including small and large group structures.
Agreeing with the late John R.W. Stott that the greatest problem in the church is its superficiality, we believe that the Institute's vision of permeating the kingdom of God with reproducing leaders is best accomplished in and through local churches that not only preach the Word, but are also committed to evangelism and personal discipleship in small group environments that promote prayer, Bible study, the spiritual disciplines, accountability, confidentiality, acceptance, and love – all for the glory of God.
The Institute’s purpose statement answers the question, “Why do we exist?”
To engage all we are for the glory of God.
The first question of the Larger Catechism asks the question, “What is the chief and highest end of man?” Answer: “Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him for ever.” A more complete answer to this question is found in Man’s Chief End: God’s Glory by Thomas Watson, a 17th century Puritan pastor and writer.
The Institute’s vision statement answers the question, “What are we trying to accomplish?”
To permeate the Kingdom of God with reproducing leaders.
The word “permeate“ comes from per, which means through, and meare, meaning to glide, flow, or pass, hence “to pass through” or “to pass into and affect every part of.” It can also mean “to penetrate and spread through.”
In theological terms, the Kingdom of God “means not so much a domain, as a reign; not so much an area over which the king reigns, as the activity of reigning” (Donald Guthrie, New Testament Theology, p. 409). Guthrie maintains that the kingdom “is essentially the sovereign activity of God” (p. 419). In our vision statement, we are affirming that we must embrace the scope of Christ’s vision for the world – “make disciples of all the nations” – and seek to make reproducing disciplemakers in every country where Jesus instructs us to go.
The Institute’s mission statement answers the question, “How do we plan to accomplish our vision?”
The Jackson Institute fulfills its vision by contributing to the cultural, intellectual, and spiritual formation of individuals who are on a passionate quest to be welcomed, received, and acknowledged by God.
Our mission is our commitment to act on our vision. By offering personal mentoring, leadership training, investigative forums, lectures, open discussions, publications, and spiritual direction, we are prayerfully seeking life transformation in those who are passionate about hearing God’s “well done.”