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Spiritual Formation

We believe spiritual formation is the cornerstone of your complete education. It’s something we integrate with our campus experience, our curriculums and our community.

Students delve into the word while on mission.

Students delve into the word while on mission.

We are committed to the vision of our founder, David Lipscomb, who believed that spiritual growth and Bible study must be taught alongside rigorous academics in order for your education to be full and rich.

Rooted in the Church of Christ tradition, we emphasize a personal interaction with Scripture, and this leads us to find the best ways to live out our faith. But living out what we believe looks different as we engage in different groups, teams and programs across campus, and as we grow in our spiritual journey. That’s why we’ve ensured that faith-centered learning is found in all facets of your experience at Lipscomb.

On-campus spiritual life is nurtured every day through Bible course requirements, worship, varied chapel experiences, international mission opportunities and spiritual events such as Resurrection Week during the week of Easter and designated prayer days. For example, Prayer in the Square is an annual day of prayer, organized by the students for them to pray over the campus and take a break from their busy work week to recenter on the Lord’s purpose for their lives.

Our Programs

A mentor and mentee together

The Joshua Project

Through one-on-one mentoring students have the opportunity to form mentoring relationships with faculty, staff, alumni and other students, intended specifically for spiritual maturing. This voluntary program involves hundreds of students and mentors annually.

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A breakout chapel with CEA students.

Campus Ministry

We maintain a staff of full-time professional ministers who lead activities such as chapel, small group studies, prayer sessions, leadership development and more. But beyond these more formal organized activities, the campus ministry staff is available 24/7 to help students with spiritual challenges, opportunities and growth.

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A moment during the Gathering

Chapel

Moments of spiritual retreat are common to almost all faiths. Lipscomb requires students to engage in spiritual reflection several times a week to practice the disciplines of worship, prayer and time in God’s Word, among others.

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40+

Mission locations around the world

18 hrs

Bible requirement for graduation

14

Breakout chapels held around campus each Thursday

Our Spiritual Commitment to You

Our emphasis on spiritual formation goes beyond not only the walls of the classroom but also the walls of the campus. Lipscomb’s focus on church growth and the development of knowledgeable and faithful ministers has led to the creation of new resources in the College of Bible and Ministry. Our Institute for Christian Spirituality offers resources to local church leadership as well, to help in the spiritual formation of their congregations. Our mission programs are robust and expansive to include more than 60 mission trips around the world each year, sending out more than 950 students, faculty, staff and community members to serve in other nations.

Perhaps the most important aspect of Lipscomb’s commitment to spiritual formation is our intentional focus on developing an atmosphere that allows for your spiritual questioning and growth on our campus. Students are encouraged to ask questions, express doubts and challenge themselves spiritually to find their ministry, all within a safe environment that welcomes their uncertainty and champions their faithfulness.