From Voice, Nov/Dec 2014.
Leading a Christian college, university, graduate school, or seminary is a challenge in the varied uncertainties of our day. It is especially disheartening when academic publications use terms like “tsunami” and “danger” and “at risk” to describe the perilous nature of the traditional education landscape. One wonders how the smaller private Christian colleges will surf the coming tsunami and overcome the challenge.
This brief presentation is not meant to be a “how to” survival guide for the small college. Rather, it is a perspective on why ecclesiology matters in the overall mission and purpose of a Christian liberal arts college. In what follows I address the nature of the church, the mission and core values of the college, and then consider how ecclesiology informs college life and operations.
What I mean by the church
So what do I have in mind when I reference the Church? I am not writing about a particular denomination nor am I writing about a specific style of ministry. Rather, I am considering what the Bible reveals to us about the nature of the Church in both its universal and local significance.
The Church, in its universal design is the body of Christ, made up of all true believers who are spiritually united by faith in the finished work of Christ, who paid sin’s debt (Ephesians 3:10; 4:12). According to 1 Corinthians 12:13 true believers are placed into this body by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit. They have been delivered out of the kingdom of darkness and placed into the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13). Read more about The Church and the College