By Elizabeth Clarke, LCU News
PINEVILLE, La. (LCU News) – Louisiana Christian University has adopted a new initiative during the 2023-2024 school year to integrate faith into every academic course.
“Students coming to LCU expect to learn about faith and theology in the religion classes and in Chapel, but we want to be intentional about our mission and vision here,” said LCU President Rick Brewer. “We want students to know that no matter what their individual callings are professionally, that the Lord expects all Christians to be evangelists. We are preparing graduates and transforming lives because we know transformed people transform culture.”
Each syllabus will include references to faith and how it will be tied to the individual disciplines students are studying. Additionally, workshops throughout the year will be held to train faculty how to be purposeful not only with integrating faith into their courses but tying it to the specific learning outcomes and subject matter of their courses.
Louisiana Baptist Executive Director Steve Horn commended LCU faculty for their efforts to incorporate faith into the classroom, during the first faculty workshop on Aug. 31. He encouraged them to continue creating a culture of evangelism on campus.
Basing his message on the books of Acts, Horn said the Gospel was spread in the first century, even as the main apostle, Paul, was in prison. The Lord scattered believers, and they all went on their way preaching the Word of God, Horn said.
“Every believer becomes an evangelist,” he said. “That’s how the Gospel begins to advance. We will never create a culture of evangelism if we leave it to the professionals. It has to be everyone’s job.”
Horn said LCU students should be encountering Christ beyond their theology classes.
“The Spirit of God is at work in the students’ lives sitting in your classrooms every single day, even when we don’t see it,” Horn said. “Evangelism is not complete until the evangelized become the evangelists.”