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.

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.

What does it mean to engage the university?

theology-science initative

Launching at the beginning of 2020, the Theology-Science Initiative will explore how the IFES community might develop a balanced and constructive engagement between theology and the sciences. This 5-year initiative will include a grants program for new theology and science projects, leadership training and the development of new resources.

word & world Journal

The IFES journal, Word & World, provides a space for theological conversations and reflection about the world students live in. Each issue includes a unique mix of voices from different cultural contexts approaching a single theme.

e-learning

Why should we engage the university, and how can we do it? What is our model for student ministry? How will it impact our personal and communal engagement with the university?

An introductory module on engaging the university is available as an e-learning course.

To sign up for the course or find out more, email engagingtheuni@ifesworld.org.