The global vision of IFES extends to impacting our whole society for the glory of Christ. That means more than winning students for the kingdom: it means seeing kingdom values shape our cultures and change the world.
The university is the place where people engage with the big questions. The debates happening there today will shape the decisions of tomorrow’s leaders.
We believe the gospel has something vital to say across every discipline, from politics, economics and science to ethics, education and the arts. We want to see disciples of Jesus authentically engaging in all aspects of campus life and conversations, so that the message of the gospel reaches and transforms every part of the university.
IFES seeks to empower and equip students, faculty and researchers to join and re-orient conversations across the academic world. Through regional consultations, resources, grants, e-learning, mentoring and research, national movements are being equipped to help their students think biblically and live distinctively, missionally and incarnationally in all areas of university life.
God loves the university! Do you? How can you learn to see your university through God’s eyes? What would that look like as you engage with campus life and conversations? How would that perspective impact you in your particular discipline?
The course will help you, as an individual and as a member of your local IFES community, to think biblically and critically about your context and your calling in the university. You will be equipped to seize the opportunities and tackle the challenges you meet as you follow Christ on campus, engaging the whole university, as students, faculty or campus staff.
As we explore this topic, you will find thought-provoking quotes, readings, videos, questionnaires and worksheets to guide you.
Engaging the University 1: an introduction is a brief taster that can be completed at your own pace because it has no facilitator. Once you have completed it, you can register in the three-week course, Engaging the University 2: biblical and theological foundations, and then Engaging the University 3: personal and practical dimensions which also takes three weeks to complete. These courses both invite you to engage in conversation with the other learners in your cohort and provide you with encouraging feedback by a course facilitator on your postings and assignments. The facilitated courses require 2-4 hours of work each week.
The courses are offered in English, French, and Spanish. For Parts 2 and 3 (the facilitated courses), cohorts will begin two times a year. The next courses begin on 17 Jan 2022 and 3 October 2022 and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To sign up, or if you have any questions, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does it mean to engage the university?
The Logos and Cosmos Initiative
The Logos and Cosmos Initiative (LCI) is a five-year IFES program that will focus on mentoring students, staff, and academics in Latin America and Francophone Africa. The LCI will equip them and fund them to carry out projects in the University that foster dialogue between Theology and the Sciences (both social and natural). This initiative is part of IFES’ “Engaging the University ” ministry and an extension of our commitment to impact all of society for the glory of Christ. The initiative is funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
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Follow these blogs written by Engaging the University leaders to consider more ideas about theology, culture, and the university.
Vinoth Ramachandra, IFES Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement
Ross Mckenzie, Professor of Physics at the University of Queensland, Australia
The Big Issues project provided opportunities for students and faculty from IFES movements around the world to share ideas and resources, as together we thought about how to bring a biblical perspective to bear in our universities.