University Christian Perspective Focuses on Fruit of the Spirit
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 [email protected].