Evangel University seeks to provide a living and learning experience within the Judeo-Christian tradition that challenges and fosters the development of the whole person. We emphasize the following areas of development:
- Spiritual Growth
Evangel University is committed to helping its students find their places in the plan of God. At Evangel, students discover and develop the relationship between education and a personal conversion based on faith in Jesus Christ. We want students to recognize and experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We challenge students to acquire an understanding of the Scriptures, theology, and missions. Most importantly, we inspire students to live Spirit-filled lives. Because it’s through Spirit-filled lives that Evangel University students will be able to take places of leadership and effectively witness in the church, in the home, and throughout the world. At Evangel, students are given opportunities to re-examine their values, internalize their beliefs, establish spiritual habits, and make new commitments of faith that will continue to grow throughout their lives. They do this through a variety of ways, including:
- Chapel services
- Biblical Studies courses
- Christian service activities
- Residence hall spiritual life programs
- And more…
- Intellectual and Academic Development
Evangel University encourages each student to be intellectually curious, to think creatively, to achieve mastery of essential facts, and to use these facts in reaching logical conclusions and making choices that are compatible with a theistic worldview. Ideally, students will discover their abilities and develop them to the maximum. Each student should make a commitment to a lifetime pursuit of truth and new knowledge.Planned opportunities for intellectual challenge exist outside the formal classroom. Nationally-known lecturers are often brought to campus for departmental lectureships. In addition, departmental honorary societies and clubs contribute to and encourage academic and professional learning, while residence hall programs also participate in academically-related activities.Students who need to improve their study skills, reading speed, and comprehension can find help in the Academic and Career Development Center. To augment students’ intellectual and academic development, the University also provides special opportunities for growth. As part of EU’s emphasis on international and multicultural studies, we provide both a short-term and a full-semester Washington Studies Program, faculty-exchange programs that bring other faculty to the campus and permit Evangel faculty to teach abroad, opportunities for various majors to complete overseas internships (including a portion of the student teaching experience), and opportunities for students to earn credit toward an Evangel degree by studying abroad.
- Social Development
Having a social life is one aspect of Evangel that truly makes your college experience memorable. We firmly believe that, in a Christ-centered environment, one’s social life should function at its highest and best level. But we also think students’ social lives should consist of more than spending time with friends in the residence hall or playing intramurals. Evangel offers plenty of opportunities to attend events on and off campus as well as take on new challenges and experiences on a daily basis.On top of that, planned activities help students develop social skills to prepare them for situations they will face in their business or professional lives. This area of development is assisted by ESGA (Student Government), the Activities Board, class officers, residence hall boards, and campus clubs and organizations. The Office of Student Development coordinates these events. Dating and courtship are also important at a Christian university. Many events and activities on campus, both informal and formal, encourage the development of friendships and personal relationships. Engaged couples are even offered a seminar to help them prepare for marriage.
- Emotional and Psychological Growth
We want our students to live joyfully and effectively as they apply biblical principles to their daily lives. We encourage them to develop healthy self-awareness and self-esteem, to be realistic in their self-appraisals, and to understand that they are children of God. We also want them to mature emotionally, make sound choices, be fulfilled in their personal relationships, and enjoy serving others.
- Physical Development
Evangel is also concerned about the physical well-being of each student. Because the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, students need to realize how important it is that the body be given proper care through nutrition, rest, sleep, exercise, and recreation. Although we reject drug and chemical abuse of the body, it is also un-biblical to abuse or neglect the body in other ways.EU encourages physical well-being and physical activities through varsity sports, intramural athletic activities, and regular exercise programs. We also offer a year-round intramural program for both men and women and for both on-campus and off-campus students. In addition, the campus nurse practitioner provides both health care and educational services through the Wellness Center. The prevention of physical problems is an important part of our ongoing commitment to wellness.
- Vocational Development
At Evangel University, we try to enrich students’ lives by providing them with the vital skills they need to succeed in any area of life. While students are developing in the areas listed above, they are also carving out the paths they will take in their career choices. The selection of a student’s vocation and the development of appropriate skills are critical steps in fulfilling God’s call on our lives and using the gifts God has given to each of us.
- Aesthetic and Cultural Enrichment
A theistic worldview provides an integration of the arts with a Christian life. We believe that art, music, theatre, and literature are important parts of God’s world, and we learn more about Him as we expand our understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Through the direction of the University Artists and Lectureships Committee, performing artists come to the campus for concerts, dramatic performances, art exhibits, and lectureships. During the year, the Department of Music presents a variety of concerts as well as faculty and student recitals. The Theatre area of our Humanities Department also presents faculty- and student-directed dramatic works. And those are just a few of the ways we encourage Cultural Enrichment at Evangel.