The Extension Professionals' Creed

This creed, or statement of philosophy, is a product of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national honorary extension fraternity. The first version of this creed was written by ESP founder, W. A. Lloyd in 1927. It was adopted as the organization's creed at the first Grand Council MEeting on July 1927.The full text is printed in The Spirit and Philosophy of Extension Work (ebook) , compiled and edited by R. K. Bliss, 1952.

It was called the Extension Workers' Creed until recently when ESP changed the work worker to professional. The spirit and language of the creed has otherwise transcended the years.

To learn ore about ESP visit these pages:

Missouri chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi

National Epsilon Sigma Phi

Extension Professionals' Creed

I Believe in people and their hopes, their aspirations, and their faith; in their right to make their own plans and arrive at their own decisions; in their ability and power to enlarge their lives and plan for the happiness of those they love.

I Believe that education, of which Extension is an essential part, is basic in stimulating individual initiative, self-determination, and leadership; that these are the keys to democracy and that people when given facts they understand, will act not only in their self-interest, but also in the interest of society.

I Believe that education is a lifelong process and the greatest university is the home; that my success as a teacher is proportional to those qualities of mind and spirit that give me welcome entrance to the homes of the families I serve.

I Believe in intellectual freedom to search for and present the truth without bias and with courteous tolerance toward the views of others.

I Believe that Extension is a link between the people and the ever-changing discoveries in the laboratories.

I Believe in the public institutions of which I am a part.

I Believe in my own work and in the opportunity I have to make my life useful to humanity.

Because I Believe these things, I am an Extension professional.