GCU student Tashina Thuraisingam was baptized in Honduras during a summer mission trip. (Photo by Ray Chener)
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Globetrotting for God: GCU students find spiritual purpose during mission trips

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder GCU Today Magazine “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The words of the resurrected Jesus to his disciples, recorded in Matthew 28:19-20 Christ’s Great Commission is being heard loud and clear by His followers at Grand Canyon University. This spring and summer, 233 GCU students and 24 staff members visited 16 countries on five continents to show God’s love, preach the Gospel, experience other cultures and find their global, spiritual purposes. The students signed up and were trained for mission trips organized by the University’s Office of Spiritual Life. GCU’s Global Outreach Ministry began five years when a total of 13 students made two trips, to Germany and the Dominican Republic. This year, 21 trips were made possible through partnerships with global mission organizations such as Students International, CURE and Back2Back. The students’ experiences were nothing short of life-changing. “We say, ‘Short-term trip, lifetime impact,’ and that goes both ways,” said Liz Martin, GCU’s […]

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GO Week gives students a taste of mission trips

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s Global Connect Team designed this year’s Global Outreach (GO) Week to better prepare students to serve others during global mission trips through hands-on events. Students who are interested in attending a mission trip should contact the Office of Spiritual Life.

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College of Theology introduces 2 new event series

September 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Two new recurring events — a Lunch and Learn for faculty members and a Ministry Forum open to anyone on campus — are important additions to the activities in the College of Theology. The first Lunch and Learn is Friday, Sept. 12, and the Ministry Forum starts Monday, Sept. 15.

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Brian Mueller, GCU's president and CEO, addresses a packed first Chapel of the school year on Monday.
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Chapel: Mueller calls for difference-makers

August 26, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Story by Rick Vacek Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau When Grand Canyon University President/CEO Brian Mueller began Chapel Monday morning by sharing his heartfelt talk two days earlier with a student-turned-employee named “Jenna,” Jenna Pearson was as surprised as anyone. But it shouldn’t have been surprising to anyone who knows her that she has such strong feelings about bringing some sunshine to an ever-darkening world and that what she told Mueller would provide such a perfect opener for the “Making a Difference” theme in Chapel this fall. The occasion was a big moment for the University — the largest crowd (6,500) ever for Chapel in the newly expanded Arena. Anyone who doubts the ability of a Christian university to get students to come voluntarily to a Chapel service needed to see the packed floor seating and lower bowl and the nearly full upper deck. Before he drew from the story of Joseph’s ups and downs, which begins in chapter 37 of the book of Genesis, and laid out his five-point plan for the University, Mueller talked about his Saturday morning business meeting with Pearson on the second floor of the Student Union. Pearson said she felt upset when she woke up […]

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Chapel returns with ‘Make a Difference’ theme

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The fall Chapel series with the theme “Make a Difference” will return to GCU Arena after a brief stint in Antelope Gym during Arena expansion.

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Summer mission trips: Jesus said GO!!

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GO (Global Outreach) Week will offer myriad experiences and opportunities for students to find out more about 2015 summer mission trips. Events are scheduled Sept. 15-19 on campus.

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President/CEO Brian Mueller said the plans for GCU are so far-reaching, the University’s mission statement might need to be revised.
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Chapel: Mueller has vision for ‘new’ GCU

July 29, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

In the final Chapel service of the summer, President/CEO Brian Mueller talked passionately about his plan to create a “new” GCU that would be distinctive among U.S. universities.

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Dr. Jason Hiles, dean of GCU's College of Theology (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Theology announces M.Div. degree program

July 01, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

“Essential degree” for those called to a ministry career has been a long time coming to GCU. The 90-credit-hour program will take most students three to four years to complete.

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Wednesday's lecture at Ethington Theatre on the integration of faith and learning brought a message of hope from representatives of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.
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Zacharias speakers bring message of hope

June 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Speakers Stuart McAllister and Michelle Tepper of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, along with Dr. Jacqueline Chadwick of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, spoke on campus about the integration of faith and learning.

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Bart Millard is director of GCU's new Center for Worship Arts. Photo by Darryl Webb
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Q&A with Bart Millard about worship arts

June 04, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

An edited transcript of a recent interview with the new director of GCU’s Center for Worship Arts.

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