April 1, 2015
Cedarville Residence Life: Discipleship at Your Doorstep
As I have opportunity to speak with alumni, one thing becomes abundantly clear. One of the strengths for Cedarville University through the decades has been the community and life transformation students experience through living in the residence halls on campus. The distinctive of Residence Life seeking to make life transformation happen where everyday life happens remains today. What makes Residence Life so important at Cedarville? I think we may glean an idea from the late professor and author Howard Hendricks who is often noted for having taught, “You can impress from a distance, but you can only impact up close.” By design, Residence Life is about equipping staff and students to be deeply committed to one word—discipleship. The mindset of serving and encouraging students to grow in maturity in Christ and become disciple-makers who impact others up close–where they live–is the heartbeat of Residence Life.
Scripture is filled with examples of life on life discipleship. Imagine the opportunity to have been Joshua drawing on the life of Moses, Elisha watching and learning from Elijah, Timothy being impacted by Paul, or of course, one of the disciples walking with the Lord Jesus himself. In each of these examples, the pupil had opportunity to not only receive teaching, but to draw insight from walking alongside his leader. This pattern of reproducing discipleship is exactly what believers are called to today so it is what we seek to provide through Residence Life. How do we do this?
The Residence Life staff includes the Student Life Deans, Resident Directors (RDs), and Resident Assistants (RAs). This team of individuals is present in the moments of life when it matters most to influence another person. Every week I watch our staff work out the servant-oriented discipleship principles below as they sacrificially serve others in the common moments of life.
People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.
- A disciple will not exceed his teacher, so you cannot invest what you do not possess.
- You can teach what you know, but you reproduce who you are.
- You never graduate from the school of discipleship.
These ideas are the very approach we are taking toward modeling Christlikeness and encouraging every man and woman who lives on campus toward maturity.
Life transformation is not a human work but is a work of the Holy Spirit. Nonetheless, the design God has given for spiritual growth is for His disciples to intentionally invest in the lives of others. This happens through the structure of the Residence Life staff thinking strategically about how to invest in the lives of our students. There are many needs college students have today and our staff is meeting those needs head on. Just a few examples include leading group studies on identity in Christ, spiritual leadership, forgiving others, and gaining freedom from pornography through studying Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace. In addition to these group times that provide opportunity for broad impact, each individual on the Residence Life team looks for opportunities to pursue a deeper level of discipleship with a few students who desire to grow more deeply. I have witnessed these informal, yet intentional and powerful, relationships be a key factor in young men and women growing in all aspect of following Christ.
Community driven discipleship
A wonderful strength of Cedarville University is the close community on campus. The strength of the campus community in the big picture rests on the strength of individual communities in each residence hall. Yet, we all know strong community does not happen by accident. Each RD leads his or her team of RAs to facilitate events, programs, and spontaneous moments of community that draw students together into friendship. Just as important, in the spontaneous moments of life our staff is near to share in those times with students. Whether it is support in difficult moments, guiding individuals through relationships with other people, or sharing in the joyous moments of life, I am thankful for the excellent team who is present. Finally, I would fail you if I do not remind you of how important students doing ministry together is to the Cedarville experience. The community that is built in the residence halls is a catalyst for students taking the message of the Gospel and the love of Christ to the communities around the campus.
It is safe to say that the experience students have through living in residence halls is a significant element of their Cedarville experience. It is a tremendous privilege to be entrusted with the lives of students who live on campus and I am impressed everyday by the excellence with which the Residence Life staff invests in others. Please join me in continuing to pray for the Cedarville Residence Life staff and our students.
March 23, 2015
Summer School 2015 tuition prices were just announced, and we are excited to be able to provide a 15% discount off regular fall/spring tuition rates on all summer classes! This price applies to May Session, June Session, online courses, non-traditional courses, and the cost of tuition for a Summer Academic Trips course. Summer is a great time to complete general education courses, save money, and potentially reduce your student’s time to graduation! Tuition this summer will be $699 per credit hour. For more information, visit our Summer School website.
March 16, 2015
Cedarville University has a Parent Council that provides feedback and support for the University. Below is a letter from one of its members.
We have had two children, Seth and Austin graduate from Cedarville University, and we have a third, Alicia, who is currently a sophomore. Our experience with Cedarville started much earlier, however, where we took a group from our church to Junior Jam. This gave not only our children but those from our church a firsthand look at the University.
All of our children have been truly blesses by the Cedarville experience in a number of ways. The everyday chapel service is one of the ways they have been blessed. Knowing that they are being fed by not only quality faculty and staff members, but also from outstanding outside speakers, has been a blessing as well.
The personal attention they received from the professors has been phenomenal. I know firsthand that in a public university this is not even in the realm of their thinking, so this also something that we consider a blessing. The opportunity for job placement has been top-notch as well, and the high-quality educational experience is recognized in the career field. The leadership of Cedarville University is rock solid. We have experienced two Presidents, and both have been absolutely great for the University at the right time. God’s plan is being played out and it is very apparent at Cedarville. The friendships that have been made are also something we feel are a blessing. These relationships will last a lifetime.
We strongly recommend Cedarville to anyone looking for a quality, Christ-centered choice for their child. It will be life –changing experience.
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