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Divine guidance on the road to ‘Worshipology’

March 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Students in the University’s new Center for Worship Arts have had a memorable first year — and so have the center’s director, Bart Millard, and worship coordinator, John Frederick. “There is a deeper spiritual governance to this,” Frederick said. “That’s the cool thing about teaching theology — you’re on the journey yourself.”

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Embracing the community: GCU’s plan to renew neighborhood

December 02, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Story by Bob Romantic Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Six-year-old Gadiel walked up to Louis Falk at the dedication ceremony for his family’s new home and offered two simple words: “Thank you.” For Falk, who taught Gadiel to use a hammer on the first day of the Habitat for Humanity project to build their home in Mesa, those words resonated more than he could have imagined. “That was amazing,” Falk, a freshman at Grand Canyon University, said of his first experience as a Habitat volunteer two years ago. “It’s just heartwarming to see how grateful these people are.” Vanessa Garcia, a 27-year-old administrative assistant at GCU, had a similar encounter at her first Habitat experience five years ago. “It was for a single mom with two kids who couldn’t afford a home on her own,” Garcia said. “To see it from beginning to end, every Saturday morning, and watch her dream come true, the impact is just incredible.” Garcia and Falk have been hooked on Habitat ever since those initial experiences. So when GCU announced it was embarking on a first-of-its-kind partnership with Habitat for Humanity to revitalize an entire community of homes in its neighborhood over the […]

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GCU shows fearless, big-time toughness at Kentucky

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU men’s basketball team faced a monumental challenge when it opened the season at Kentucky. Despite losing by a sizable margin, the Lopes earned praise — even from Kentucky coach John Calipari — for their determination and physicality.

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Campus ministries a nurturing force for students

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine The trinity of sacredly held campus ministries at Grand Canyon University — small group Bible studies, chapel services and local/global outreach activities — not only are surviving unprecedented student population growth, they are thriving amidst it. Call it a God thing. “The more people who come, the more opportunities we have to impact the kingdom, and it’s up to us to figure out how to reach them,” said Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin. “God is allowing thousands and thousands and thousands to come to this campus, and it’s a great opportunity that we don’t want to miss.” Upon Griffin’s arrival at GCU a little more than four years ago, he spelled out spiritual life at GCU and drew a line in the sand with Christian organizations clamoring to provide those services on campus. In those early days, Griffin might have felt like Daniel in the lion’s den. “We told them they were welcome on campus but that they would have to do something different from small groups, worship and outreach,” he said. “We defined our field of play, what the rules would be and how we would engage […]

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Colangelo takes his new GCU role to heart

September 26, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The press conference Thursday to announce the naming of the College of Business after Phoenix icon Jerry Colangelo was a celebration of what he has meant to the Valley and, more recently, GCU. But it also a signpost for what he soon will mean to the University in other ways as he brings his passion to his new role.

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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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Star Tech: The Next Generation of GCU Grads

August 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

As a Grand Canyon University undergraduate, Jared Stauffer laid out his vision for a new technology company, and he followed through on his dream. Now his Phoenix-based cloud-service company, Brinkster, is thriving.

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GCU came up a winner in Year 1 of D-I

June 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s first year in NCAA Division I athletics was a success, but it still has three long years to go in the transition process.

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Q&A with Bart Millard about worship arts

June 04, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

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

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GCU introduces Center for Worship Arts

May 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU pulled out all the artistic stops Tuesday evening with the official launch of its Center for Worship Arts, which will begin training students in worship ministry this fall. The event was filled with lights, inspirational music by the University’s Chapel band, and a conversation between Dr. Jason Hiles, dean of the College of Theology where the Center is housed, and Bart Millard, co-founder and lead singer of MercyMe, an internationally acclaimed contemporary Christian group.

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