Standing Spiritual Vitality Committee
In an effort to enhance the spiritual lives of Regent's faculty, staff and students, the university formed a Spiritual Vitality Committee. These dedicated individuals seek the Lord together to facilitate, support and assist in guiding the efforts to enhance spiritual vitality campus-wide.
We define spiritual vitality as:
"The demonstration of living as followers of Jesus Christ, individually and in community through obedience to the Scriptures, as the Holy Spirit empowers and transforms us to increasingly bear fruit that glorifies the Father."
The Spiritual Vitality Committee had its foundation in a resolution developed by the Board of Trustees at their 2009 summer spiritual retreat. After extensive research, collaboration and prevailing prayer, the committee completed their work and submitted a recommendation in April 2010 to develop a standing committee. The Spiritual Vitality Committee provides counsel to the directors of the Center for Christian Thought & Action and the Office of Campus Ministries on the spiritual affairs of the university and works to foster spiritual vitality throughout the campus.
Spiritual Vitality Committee Members:
- Jason Baker, professor, School of Education
- Jim Boland, associate professor, School of Law
- Diane Chandler, associate professor, School of Divinity
- Carol Dixon, assistant to the Chancellor and liaison to the Board
- Brook Chalfant, director of editorial services, University Marketing
- Doris Gomez, assistant professor, School of Business &Leadership
- Bobby Hill, assistant professor, College of Arts & Sciences
- Mark Yarhouse, associate professor in the School of Psychology & Counseling
- Caleb Fitschen, undergraduate student
- Markus Pfieffer, Professional-in-Residence; School of Communication & the Arts
- Gary Roberts, associate professor, Robertson School of Government
- James Schambach, graduate student
Faith & Learning Integration Task Force
[A distinctive approach to Christian higher education] should be an education that cultivates the creative and active integration of faith and learning, of faith and culture ... it must under no circumstance become a disjunction between piety and scholarship, faith and reason, religion and science ... Integration also transcends awkward conjunctions of faith and learning in some unholy alliance rather than a fruitful union. What we need is not Christians who are also scholars but Christian scholars, not Christianity alongside education but Christian education. It shuns tacked-on moralizing and applications ... It requires a thorough analysis of methods and materials and concepts and theoretical structures, a lively and rigorous interpenetration of liberal learning with the content and commitment of Christian faith.
Arthur F. Holmes, The Idea of a Christian College, rev. ed., Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989, p. 6-7.
Regent University is committed to the consistent and holistic integration of our faith with teaching, service and scholarship. To that end, a task force representing the various schools and disciplines will help to facilitate and promote faith and learning integration.
The Faith & Learning Integration Task Force members include:
- Corne' Bekker, School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship
- William Cox, School of Education
- Bobby Hill, CCTA, assistant professor, Regent College of Arts & Sciences
- Gary Roberts, Robertson School of Government
- Craig Stern, School of Law
- Lorene Wales, School of Communication & the Arts