Your Life at Faith
What can you expect as a student at Faith? We like to think of the Faith experience as an advanced discipleship experience. You will find yourself growing and deepening in your walk with the Lord. This discipleship process involves
• Classes:Your classes, especially your Bible and theology classes, will nurture you in your Christian faith.
• Friends:The friendships you form at Faith will sharpen your Christian life. Some of the friends you make will be lifelong friends.
• Ministry:The opportunities for ministry during the school year and in the summer will be priceless experiences in your spiritual growth and development.
When you combine these elements of discipleship with all the fun of college life, you will find you have a rich and full life at Faith.
Spiritual Life at Faith
Faith's goal is to create an atmosphere on our campus that encourages your spiritual growth.Of course, God is the one who produces growth within you, but Faith can help by removing worldly distractions and providing opportunities for advanced discipleship on every level of the college experience.
Personal Life:We encourage all of our students to spend time in personal devotions each day.While we don't mandate these devotions, we provide opportunities for accountability with fellow students and staff members.This past semester, a majority of our student body went through the same Bible study.This study stimulated interaction between students about various spiritual topics and provided another means of accountability.It was a great encouragement to all who participated.
Daily Chapel :Another part of the discipleship process is our daily chapel.There is nothing more powerful in the Christian life than God's Spirit working in us through the preaching of His Word.It is such a blessing to hear it preached each day.It's also a nice time of fellowship and worship.
Dorm Devotions:Another great opportunity for discipleship is the weekly dorm devos.All of the students in a dorm (or floor) meet together at curfew for a time of fellowship, singing, prayer, and a short challenge. Resident advisors do a nice job leading this time, and students look forward to it each week.
Room Devotions:The room leaders are in charge of this time of prayer and accountability each week.This is a more intimate setting than chapel or dorm devotions since the students usually meet in groups of eight or fewer.They share prayer requests, concerns, encourage each other, and keep each other accountable.This is where many students build deep and lasting relationships.
Church Involvement:One of the strongest sources of discipleship on our campus actually takes place off-campus in local churches, right where it should be.We require students to be involved in a local church throughout their studies here.
• Options:One of the unique advantages of Faith is the large number of local churches within a short driving distance.In fact, there are more than30 churches for our students to attend.As a result, students can choose churches that fits them.Even more importantly, students have many opportunities for involvement in local churches, and local churches have a better opportunity to get to know their students.
•Church Involvement:Students have a wide variety of ministry opportunities in tgheir local churches.Students serve as youth leaders, Awana workers, choir members, Sunday school teachers, musicians, nursery workers, and in many other ministries.
•Church family:Students have the special opportunity of developing deep family-like relationships with the people in these churches.Many churches run a college student "adoption" program to provide a home for the students to use for laundry, relaxing on Sunday afternoons, and fellowship with a family.
You can see that at Faith, you will have many opportunities for spiritual growth.
The Board of Directors in their May meeting approved funds for some campus improvements.
Faith Pond—The Board allocated funds for some major renovations at the Faith pond. The final details need to be decided, but students can expect to see some major improvements at the pond when they return in the fall.
Campus Signs—Work will begin this summer on replacing the signs on State Street and Fourth Street. The plan is to replace the State Street sign with an digital sign allowing us to advertise more events.
Tables and Chairs in Benson Hall—The Board also allocated funds to replace the dining tables and chairs in Benson Hall.
These improvements will enhance the student experience at Faith and make our campus a more enjoyable place to live and study.
We try to make sure you have plenty of opportunities to use the information and skills you are learning in the classroom, so offer a vast array of ministry opportunities, here and abroad!
Local Church Involvement:You will have many opportunities to use your talents and abilities to serve the Lord in your local church. Students serve as Sunday School teachers, children's workers, nursery workers, choir members, youth leaders, ushers, and a host of other possibilities. While you are required to have a Christian Service assignment every semester, we want you to serve the Lord because you want to!
Missions Trips:We would like to see every student at Faith have some kind of international ministry experience. Our Chorale travels to Europe every four years. Faith students go on missions trips all over the world.In recent years students have gone to Peru, Japan, South Africa, Saipan, France, Kenya, Tanzania, and several other places
Student Leadership:We also have opportunities to serve through leadership!Each class elects officers who are given different responsibilities throughout the year.Students elect officers and representatives for the Student Association and the Student Missions Fellowship. Students can also apply to serve as a resident advisors or room leaders.
Summer Ministry Teams:Another opportunity for service comes through our summer ministry teams.Students can audition to travel during the summer on music team or one of our camp teams.
Community Involvement:We also provide students the opportunities for serving in our community.Usually at least once each year, our Student Association plans a community service activity.Students join forces to serve people by helping with yard work, chores, cleaning or anything else that is needed!
Student Missionary Fellowship:Each Monday night students meet to share prayer requests, hear from a missionary, and pray for missionaries around the world.This fellowship provides a nice way for students to keep a worldwide perspective in ministry and to pray regularly for God to work around the world.
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Alumnus of the Year Awards
During the Commencement service on May 10, the Faith Alumni Association recognized Pat Duer and Darrell Goemaat with the Alumnus of the Year awards.
Dr. Jeff Newman Recognized for 25 Year of Service
At the college's Awards Chapel on May 10, Dr. Jeff Newman was recognized for 25 years of service at Faith. Read More
Dr. Douglas Brown Named New Seminary Dean
Dr. Douglas Brown Named New Seminary Dean Dr. Douglas Brown has been named the new dean of Faith Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More
Carrie Augsburger Appointed Dean of Women
Mrs. Carrie Augsburger has been appointed as dean of women at Faith. Read More
Dr. Daniel Brown Appointed to Seminary Faculty
Dr. Daniel Brown has been appointed as a full-time member of the seminary faculty and chair of the Pastoral Studies Department. Read More