Grand Canyon University is a Christian college with a biblically rooted mission. Founded in 1949, the university strives to foster a vibrant Christian community by committing to Christian beliefs, values and practices. These values can be seen in GCU’s mission and vision, as the university aims to live out the Christian faith in the context of a missional community.
The College of Theology supports GCU’s mission to educate students from a Christian perspective. By providing support to all of the colleges at GCU, the College of Theology provides leadership on campus and helps to integrate faith, learning and work across all academic disciplines. In addition, the College of Theology offers a variety of degree programs for students who want to pursue careers in ministry, preparing the next generation of Christian leaders.
Preparing Students to Share the Gospel
In addition to providing transformative degree programs for individuals who want to go into ministry, the College of Theology helps to prepare all students to share the gospel. No matter what their area of study is, at GCU, students learn the foundations of the Christian faith and are encouraged to share the powerful message of Jesus with others. All GCU students are required to take Christian Worldview, a course in which they learn about Christianity and how it can be lived out in today’s world.
At GCU, biblical principles are weaved into the curriculum of all degree programs. This gives students the opportunity to carry out GCU’s mission and become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders. As a result, graduates of GCU will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Based on this knowledge, they will be able to glorify Christ by displaying kindness, service and integrity in any career they pursue.
Serving the Church Faithfully
The College of Theology exists to serve the church faithfully. The community at GCU is a product of the diversity of traditions and denominations that have developed from the roots of biblical Christianity. While embracing this diversity, the university cultivates unity around the core doctrines and practices of the Christian faith. GCU believes the gospel of Jesus Christ empowers those who are followers of Him to live in community with one another in faith, hope and love. Therefore, the College of Theology encourages leaders to faithfully live out the message they teach and preach.
In addition, the College of Theology Covenant outlines the principles a GCU student is expected to embody in order to live in a way that is consistent with the university’s doctrinal commitments. GCU believes in the value of unity and being involved in a local church, and students are encouraged to attend church to worship, serve and study God’s Word alongside a body of believers.
Cultivating a Missional Community
The College of Theology is mission-oriented, as it aims to share the love of Christ at home and abroad. GCU shares the gospel in both the surrounding neighborhood and across the nation and world. The university cultivates a missional community that focuses on following Jesus Christ, and is loving and welcoming to all.
Students are taught the value of service and telling others the life-giving message of Christ. Through engaging with Scripture and applying it to their lives, students are able to set an example for others in the way they live, bringing glory to Christ and making Him known in today’s world. During their time at GCU, they are able to grow in their understanding of the value of service. Upon graduation, they are prepared to enter the world and become effective servant-leaders for Christ.
Grand Canyon University carries out its mission in ways that are marked by compassion, justice and concern for the common good. To learn more about GCU’s history, visit our website!
Written by Lauren Abraham, a junior majoring in communications at GCU.