It has never been easy to be a college student. You face pressure from every side to answer the perennial question: So, what are you going to do with the rest of your life? That’s not to mention the social stressors of figuring out where you belong, and perhaps of being away from home for the first time. Your years at university can be thrilling, yes, but they can also be daunting. In addition to all the challenges of self-discovery and finding your footing in God’s world, for many, college comes with threats to the core principle of education itself….

The Christian life is a long obedience in the same direction—more like a marathon than a sprint.1 It’s not a series of hundred-yard bursts after which you can catch your breath on the grass and rest up until the next one. Your years as a student can be an exciting time of exploration and discovery. The world can open to you in unexpected ways through good books and gifted teachers. And these years also prove an excellent training ground for the marathon ahead. They are a golden opportunity to form habits of mind and heart that will, by God’s grace,…

Leaving home after graduating from high school is an exciting season of life—a time of new opportunities and challenges. For young Christians trying to fit in at a secular university, though, it’s also a time when their faith may come under attack. Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College was written to prepare college-age believers to engage with a secular culture confidently and compassionately, but without compromising their faith. It’s written by a father of three who wanted his children to be able to answer questions commonly asked by unbelieving friends like: Wouldn’t…

InterVarsity study of Christians at secular schools shows most feel welcome and want to “pursue the common good together.” Christian college students heading back to school this fall are expecting to talk to their nonevangelical classmates about race, racism, and racial justice. According to a recent InterVarsity Christian Fellowship survey of 316 evangelical students enrolled at 127 secular colleges and universities, they’re ready. The Christian students rank racism and inequality as a top social concern. Asked to name the three most important issues today, nearly 40 percent said racial justice, about 40 percent said poverty, and another 29 percent named…

Wheaton College Graduate School is starting two new SBC cohorts, one at the master’s level and one in our forthcoming Doctor of Ministry. While I was with the SBC in Nashville recently, several people inquired about options for SBC students in the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership at Wheaton College where I am the Dean. As a result, we are now planning two new cohorts for SBC students. Wheaton College Wheaton College is the most well-known evangelical institution for higher education. It is known as an academically rigorous institution that has educated influential Christian pastors and leaders both nationally…

CCCU schools are facing intense pressure. But it’s an opportunity, not a siege. “Please note:” the announcement for the protest vigil warned, “Prayers will be offered and certain testimonies may include dimensions of God and religion. If this is triggering for you, take any precautions you need.” The protest was led by students at a Christian college, where one would hope that “dimensions of God and religion” would be both commonplace and triggering (of reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness). Student protests are not reliable indicators of institutional health. But in this case, the fliers and tweets promoting the student…

New faculty position to expand scholarship on biblical evangelism. A new faculty position to expand scholarship on biblical evangelism Wheaton College announced today the establishment of an endowed chair of biblical evangelism. The Jean Kvamme Distinguished Chair of Biblical Evangelism will reside in the College’s School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership, and will provide an academic bridge between scriptural text and biblical evangelism. It will also help Wheaton graduate students engage more deeply with the gospel message and its contextualized proclamation in the broader world. “We are honored to recognize Jean Kvamme in this way, and we thank her husband,…

Schools had already been facing financial issues, but the coronavirus crisis is hastening decisions on delivery of classes and whether to stay open.

The money laundering case left a Christian media network out of business and Olivet University owing $1.25 million. Fifteen months after investigators uncovered a $35 million scheme involving the former publishers of Newsweek and The Christian Post, a Christian college, and a tech vendor, the accused parties have been convicted of money laundering, conspiracy, and fraud. IBT Media’s former owner Etienne Uzac and Christian Media Corporation International’s former CEO William Anderson—who was also the CEO and publisher of its flagship site, The Christian Post—entered guilty pleas before the Manhattan district attorney last week. Today, California-based Olivet University—represented by its president…

Study suggests religious schools should emphasize distinctives. Christian college graduates are different from their peers at non-religious schools. When they think about work and finding a job, they value making a difference more and making money less. According to a new study from the Christian think tank Cardus, two-thirds of graduates from private religious colleges and universities say it is important to them to find a job that “directly helps others”—10 percentage points higher than graduates from public schools or private nonreligious schools. About 70 percent of Christian school alumni said it was important to them to have a job…

The first-of-its-kind law allows college players to sign lucrative deals, reigniting the debate that universities unfairly make money off athletes.

College is a wonderful season of life in which you will learn many things and mature, both intellectually and personally. If you moved to attend school, prioritize finding a good church. It is vital for your spiritual growth and maturity during these transformative years. How are you to choose which church to attend during college? Historically, three marks have identified evangelical churches, and these marks can provide wisdom for you in choosing a church. They are proper… Teaching of the Gospel Administration of Baptism and Communion Church Discipline. While parachurch ministries and even chapel services at Christian schools can be…

The pressure is on to make college admissions more equitable, with less weight on “legacy,” and more on leg work, like teens’ jobs that pay for food. 

As ‘free college’ plans proliferate, more is being learned about what’s covered and what’s not. The bottom line, say students: Read the fine print. 

Whether you are a business leader, a community leader, a pastor, or a parent who wants to lead your family well, there is a place for you in the partnership between The Global Leadership Summit and Wheaton College. I truly believe that each of us, working together, can use our leadership influence to transform the people and communities around us. That’s why I’m excited that Wheaton College and Billy Graham Center are partnering with the Global Leadership Summit to help attendees deepen their summit experience and grow their influence by earning a Global Leadership Certificate. Many organizations encourage their staff…

There is a place for you in what God is doing at Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Center. Two years ago, I made the decision to leave Lifeway Research, pack up my family, and head north to become the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and the new Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center there. It was a huge transition, but we knew it was God’s leading, and were excited to begin. The last two years have been, in many ways, a learning curve for me as I’ve navigated the complexities of an…

The “soulcraft” found in faith-based learning is just what higher ed needs right now. High school graduation is a season of joy as we witness a sea of smiling young graduates, ready for anything. However, those smiles far too often mask the years of anxiety over getting into the right college that led up to that point. The stress doesn’t go away once they have entered college; too many of these young people struggle to cope with challenges they encounter on campus. Our culture pushes young people to excel in the college admissions process so much that many families and…

New offerings and global reach prompt more institutions to adopt “university” designation. Almost 900 students graduated this past weekend from Calvin College, taking home diplomas that in just a couple years will be relics from the school’s history. Two weeks ago, the Christian liberal arts college announced plans to change its name to Calvin University by 2020. Schools across the United States have gradually transitioned from college to university as a way to indicate graduate offerings and compete for clout in the packed higher education landscape—particularly with the influx of international students. Calvin is the latest in a string of…