Building a Culture of Faith: University-wide Partnerships for Spiritual Formation

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A groundbreaking work on holistic spiritual formation in Christian higher education.

Contemporary Christian universities claim that students grow spiritually while enrolled, yet very little work has been done exploring the influences of various parts of the university on student spiritual formation, especially, but not limited to, the impact of faculty. This book addresses the unique role faculty and others play in student spiritual formation, including historical and contemporary approaches; it sets out a framework for understanding spiritual formation as it is practiced in the Christian university; and provides practical models for the roles the university plays in the spiritual formation of students.

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Cary Balzer is the Director of Faculty Development at John Brown University, holds the J. V. McGee Chair of Theology, and serves as an assistant professor.

Rod Reed has served as University Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Formation at two different institutions since 1997, and was the Chair of the Campus Ministries Commission of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities from 2005-2009.

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''This book is a sign of new movements in Christian higher education. For a generation, in response to the 'scandal of the evangelical mind,' we focused on advancing Christian scholarship. Now we are seeing a new intentionality about Christian teaching and learning, seeing the mission of the Christian university in terms of holistic formation. In such a vision, there is no 'extra'-curricular. Building a Culture of Faith is a provocative invitation to join this conversation. It should interest all of those working with students across the university: whether in classrooms or residence halls, the chapel or the laboratory.'' --James K. A. Smith, Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College and author of Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

''Building a Culture of Faith fills a crucial space in Christian higher education. The one thing that sets a Christian college or university apart is the Christian part. What has been needed--and is found here--is some fresh and careful thinking about what that means and how it works in daily academic life.'' --Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor, Christianity Today

''If you are ready to consider faith integration in a fresh, holistic, comprehensive way that connects with students on Christian college campuses, you will want to read Building a Culture of Faith.'' --Kina Mallard, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Carson-Newman University

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