Engage the university

Engaging the university

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.

ENGAGING THE CAMPUS

What would a 21st century vision be for IFES if Christ and Christians are really, actually and observably engaging the whole university for Christ? This booklet, originally from FES Singapore, helps the reader imagine the possibilities.

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e-learning course

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 30 Jan 2023 and 2 October 2023 and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To sign up, or if you have any questions, write to engagingtheuni@ifesworld.org.

The Logos and Cosmos Initiative

IFES’ Logos and Cosmos Initiative (LCI) equips young Christian academics to lead projects in their universities that spark curiosity and wonder about theology and the sciences, leading to gospel-centred change in society. It provides training, mentoring and funding for its “Catalysts” (participants) to lead theology and the sciences projects in collaboration with their IFES national movements.

The LCI is a five-year long program, which began in 2020, and is working in two IFES regions: Latin America and Francophone Africa. The Logos and Cosmos Initiative is part of IFES’ Engaging the University ministry and is funded by the John Templeton Foundation.  

For news and stories from the LCI, visit their blog or subscribe to the quarterly newsletter, Wonders.  

Latest news from the Logos and Cosmos Initiative blog 

  • The Logos and Cosmos Initiative celebrated another “first” at the beginning of October when Catalysts, mentors and staff gathered in Santiago, Chile, for the first in-person training workshop in Latin America.   Times of reflection, celebration and interacting with inspiring role models […]
  • What does Christianity have to do with erosion? What does the Bible have to say about the development of life-saving technologies? How can student mental health be approached from both a biblical and social science perspective? These are just a few of […]
  • In the face of terrible violence in her home country of Mexico, Sandra Márquez believes that no action is too small when it comes to working towards true peace, the shalom of God. In this Catalyst Perspectives blogpost, Sandra shares how […]
  • It was a rich time of learning and fellowship at the Logos and Cosmos Initiative’s first in-person training workshop in Francophone Africa, which took place in August. More than 30 participants met together in Bujumbura, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika […]

What does it mean to engage the university?

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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

Think Bigger

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.

Give now to help us engage the university

Your gift to Engaging the University will support IFES initiatives to help students and faculty engage with the big questions and impact our whole society for the glory of Christ.

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