University Christian Perspective Focuses on Fruit of the Spirit

September 25, 2009 / by / 2 Comments

What does it mean to be a Christian University? To some, it may mean an environment in which everyone professes a faith in Jesus Christ and follows a strict set of rules and behaviors that are linked to a specific ideology. To others, it might simply refer to spiritual activities offered to students as an option. But what does it mean for Grand Canyon University? What does it really mean when we say in our Vision Statement that we are “a premier Christian University educating people to lead and serve”?

As GCU continues to enjoy tremendous growth and many exciting transitions, it’s important that we stop and reflect on this statement, and on the Christian values and mission the University was founded upon 60 years ago. It is also vital that we ensure that our words are supported by actions that are meaningful in today’s environment.

Our Christian Perspective
About six months ago, a group of faculty members and college leaders began meeting to create a statement that clarifies how our Christian Perspective supports the GCU Mission and Values Statements, and how it must be integrated into all aspects of our relationships with our students and employees. More details of this initiative will be communicated in special events that will begin in August and continue through the fall semester.

The committee concluded that, “As a community, we strive to exemplify stewardship, excellence, and integrity through what Christianity calls the Fruit of the Spirit.” What that means is that in all we do, our focus as individuals and as university should exemplify what Paul defined in the Epistle to the Galatians chapter 5 as the Fruit of the Spirit:

Love • Joy • Peace • Patience • Kindness
Goodness • Faithfulness • Gentleness • Self-control

By demonstrating these traits in our actions with one another, our students and in the communities we serve, we reinforce and add meaning to our commitment stated in our Mission Statement:

Grand Canyon University prepares learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian Heritage.

If you have any questions about the initiative, please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Mik Milem at mmilem@gcu.edu.


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  1. Heather Fuselier

    Amen Amen Amen. As a new Student of Grand Canyon U. This Statement is what drove me to the school. If we as individuals keep the fruit of the spirit traits with us always it will help us be better individuals in every aspect of our lives! Thank you!

    Oct.07.2009 at 7:06 pm
  2. Blondina Barry

    GCU, alumni, staff & faculty, you are such are such an awesome group of dedicated people that have gone so far out of their way to help the students and each other. I have been amazed at the compassion and care that was exhibited in every aspect of GCU that I have experienced. For fear of being looked down upon and that people would think I was incapable of success at GCU, I was afraid to really express my struggle because of disabilities I have. What I found was quite the opposite. Not only was I given exemplary help, I was also so encouraged and the show of support was and is completely overwhelming. I have cried after talking to Beth Jamison in the Disabilities Dept. and after receiving uplifting and encouraging emails from my instructors, Don Olsen and Greg Jackson, I have never experienced care and support and encouragement like that. I didn’t think there were any people left who actually walked the walk instead of just talking the talk. I always try to make sure the tongue in my shoe is going in the same direction as the tongue in my mouth. I also could not be fulfilling an answer to prayer had it not been for Andrew Smart and Philippa-my financial aid advisor. These people are like family to me and I have never seen them in person, or even a picture of them for that matter. These people have embraced me and patiently lead me through my journey here at GCU.
    Thank you for establishing such a loving and accepting environment, where we all can find comfort, peace, and total acceptance.

    Oct.10.2009 at 10:09 am
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