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Beliefs & Values

Learn more about our Evangelical identity, doctrinal statement, and the 6 core values that inspire all that we do.

Foundational Beliefs

Evangelical Identity:  

NSP is an Evangelical Christian organization. Therefore, we recruit and enlist only evangelical Christians as Campus Mentors, Student Leaders, staff, and board members.

Doctrinal Statement: 

NSP holds to historic Christian convictions with the Bible as our authority. Read the full statement here. 

Leaders and employees within NSP must personally affirm this statement, and agree that their teaching in NSP will be in keeping with this covenant on all issues that the statement addresses.

Core Values

At NSP, we adhere to six core values that guide our actions.
God Directed
  • Fed by God’s Word: We saturate ourselves in the word of God and follow His commands to reach the world for Christ in the way He prescribes. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). 
  • Filled by God’s Spirit: We encourage our team to be filled with His Spirit all the time. We believe that this practice will empower our organization in our decisions, processes, and personal lives. “So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:17-18). We aspire to do everything in the power of the Holy Spirit, depending on Him for everything: big and small, complex and simple. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Gal. 5:22-23). 
  • Focused On God’s Purposes: We choose projects of eternal significance that we believe God wants done. What God wants done always deals with the eternal and thus has eternal significance. This significance has an attraction and attracts more participants. “If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work” (1 Cor. 3:12-13). 
  • Fueled by Prayer: We are each commanded to pray without ceasing and cannot succeed in our day-to-day work or accomplish our larger goals without it. • More than our own prayers, we realize that we will not see the changes we’re working toward without the prayers of many. Much like Moses raised the staff of God over the Israelite army and led to their victory (Exod. 17:9-13), the uplifted prayer of God’s people provides strength for the battle before us today. “I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling” (1 Tim. 2:8). 
Initiative Witnessing
  • We believe that God’s word is powerful and seek to share it early and often in all our interactions. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). 
  • Sharing the gospenecessarily involves using words. The Bible teaches that people must believe in order to be saved, but before they can believe, they must hear, and before they can hear, someone must tell them. “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? “(Rom. 10:14-17) 
  • We are faithful to Christ when we take the initiative to share the gospel through the power of the Holy Spirit and leave the results to God. While our goal in evangelism is to help people become lifelong followers and worshippers of Christ, we recognize that the fruit of our efforts is in God’s hands. 
  • We recognize our place in front-line evangelistic work and initial follow-up on campuses, so we partner with local churches to carry out long-term discipleship.  
Momentum-Creating Strategies
  • We design projects and events that are adventure-based so that we attract visionaries, adventurers, leaders, and entrepreneurs. 
  • We undertake projects of strategic significance that seem impossible except for God, thus attracting people who want to accomplish the impossible for God. 
  • After creating momentum through these projects, we capitalize on it and “catch the wave” to deepen and direct the momentum toward our long-term purposes of reaching high school students across America.
Lasting Transformation
  • We value short-term volunteers. Most of our long-term recruits begin as short-term volunteers. Even though our model is based on short-term volunteers, we design our projects for long-term transformation in the lives of students, the culture of Christian clubs, and the spiritual climate of high school campuses. 
  • We seek to build long-standing partnerships with churches, investors, and the community to accomplish long-term transformation of American high schools. 
  • We design systems – such as chapters and campus mentoring programs - so that short-term volunteers with frequent turnover are effective in helping accomplish our long-term goals. 
Accelerated Leadership
  • In keeping with the concept of ‘staff-directed, student-led’ ministry, we expect all of our staff to empower students as leaders and give them significant responsibility as soon as possible. This means that our staff need to be exceptional leaders and trainers in all aspects of leadership, but must be willing to take a back seat to the student or participant leaders and not need to be up front and in the limelight all of the time. 
  • We pass off leadership of campuses, projects, and geographical areas as fast as possible, recognizing that only through fully mobilizing all of God’s people available will our impossible task of sharing the gospel “until every student has heard” be accomplished. 
  • Leaders frame the tasks in enough detail to give direction but leave plenty of room for creativity and implementation. We believe that mistakeare one of the greatest learning tools of leadership so we allow for them and appreciate them as learning experiences. 
  • We treat our leaders and students as powerful, intelligent, capable adults who don’t want to be bored, but want to be fully resourced. Our program is optimized to attract first-class people and set them free to reach students for Christ. 
Action-Based Training
  • We provide training in terms of broader principles with application far beyond our current project so that leaders can apply them in unexpected situations now and throughout their lives. 
  • One does not really learn until one teaches the content so we train participants experientially and require them to teach it soon after they’ve acquired it. 
  • We take people who are willing and wired in the direction of our mission, regardless of experience and prior training, and give them all the training they need.