Spiritual Development Plan
At CCU we provide education that is BOLD (Biblical, Outreach-oriented, Life-changing, and Distinctive).
We are not content merely to be a “faith-related” school. We want to be “faith-active.” But for Christ to be the center of our school, He first needs to be the center of our personal lives. We want all CCU graduates to “have the Bible in their head and ministry in their heart” no matter what degree program they pursue, and we expect all of our students to be on a path toward Christian maturity during their time at CCU. That’s why we do our best to provide an environment in which they can:
That’s why a student can expect to find at CCU:
It’s our objective to offer academic excellence in an atmosphere of faith. “The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1Timothy 1:5, NASB).
Since 1924, our curriculum has centered on solid Bible-based instruction. Current students and alumni who attended years ago affirm that they have grown spiritually because of the classes they have taken at CCU, and they express appreciation for the faculty and staff who incorporate biblical values into their teaching and their personal example. The classroom itself is a place where significant spiritual formation occurs.
Today CCU brings together people from different locations, generations, ethnic groups, and levels of spiritual maturity. Some of our students have been reared in Christian homes, while others are just beginning their walk with Christ. CCU is a fitting place to educate Christian leaders to serve in a 21st-century culture that is becoming increasingly diverse.
Spiritual Growth at CCU
Love for God is not merely an “extra” at CCU. It’s the piece that holds everything else together. We believe:
Spiritual growth includes outreach to others. It’s not just about “us.” We want to serve others and share our faith in practical ways with the community around us.
Spiritual growth involves the “heart” as well as the “head.” While academic pursuits are at the core of our educational mission, we are interested not only in “information” but also in “transformation” of life. We’re called to love the Lord with every part of ourselves, including our bodies, minds, and emotions, and this broad-based spiritual growth happens best in the context of healthy inter-personal relationships.
One size doesn’t fit all. While requiring participation in the process, CCU provides a variety of options from which to choose and allows freedom for individual decisions based on the student’s schedule, family and church commitments, and areas of personal need. Spiritual growth is a very personal matter. While our university can provide activities designed to strengthen our students’ faith, no one can force another person to love the Lord, nor can any program replace one’s own personal desire to walk with God. Our goal is to honor the Lord willingly, motivated by love.
Meaningful times of corporate worship are important for all who study and work here. Chapel attendance isn’t a biblical requirement or the measure of one’s devotion to Christ. However, chapel is an important part of the overall culture of CCU because it is: (a) A worship opportunity where we can praise God together; (b) An educational opportunity where we learn from a variety of speakers and guests; (c) A leadership opportunity where our common vision, direction, and values can be lifted up; and (d) A relational opportunity—a time to to celebrate victories, share burdens, and get acquainted with key leaders from outside our CCU family.
Further, chapel allows us to provide a continued emphasis on the value of preaching God’s Word and a chance to honor those who serve in other areas (for example, through the “Honored Christian Servant” awards). It provides a real-life laboratory for students engaged in music and worship leadership. It provides a venue for special events like the preaching festival, “Beyond the Call,” our annual IMPACT event, the Youth Ministry Summit, Junior and Senior Class chapel, and special lectures. It allows us to highlight missionaries and the global work of the church. Many of our alumni point to chapel as the setting for some of their most meaningful experiences at CCU. Robust, well-attended corporate worship experiences are important not only for our individual growth but also for the greater good of the school.
For all of these reasons, we consider our chapel gatherings so important that all undergraduate students, faculty, and staff are expected to make regular chapel attendance a personal priority. Seminary and CALL students are welcome to attend as their schedules allow, and they can view chapel services online via the CCU website.
CCU is a partner with, not a substitute for, the local church. As an educational arm of the kingdom of God, CCU’s mission is to develop servant-leaders who will serve the church and shape the world. We expect our students to be positively engaged in the body of Christ.
Steps to Promote Spiritual Growth at CCU
President Faust challenged our faculty, staff, and students to use the spring 2010 semester as a time for prayer, discussion, and reflection upon ways we can improve the spiritual health of our university and put together a plan for continued improvement in the years ahead. An 18-member Spiritual Development Task Force consisting of faculty, staff, and students from each division of CCU, met together several times for discussion and prayer, conducted online surveys, focus groups and interviews, and researched what other Christian colleges are doing in spiritual development. The Task Force recommended several action steps noted below.
To Establish Clearer Goals for Our Students’ Spiritual Growth . . .
To Be More Engaged in Outreach . . .
To Have More “Heart” . . .
To Provide a Variety of Options . . .
To Create More Meaningful Times of Corporate Worship . . .
These once-a-month gatherings on Thursday morning will be special times for the whole CCU family to come together. All students, faculty and staff who are on campus on Thursday morning will be expected to participate in these monthly convocations. (Seminary and CALL students are invited to attend or view the services online.)
To Build Stronger Partnerships with Local Churches . . .
Watch the sermon when Dr. Faust introduced the BOLD Spiritual Life at CCU.