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|NUMBER 267||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||APRIL 2008|
|InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries Seeks to Renew Academy|
While InterVarsity is best known for its work with undergraduate students, IV's Graduate and Faculty Ministry serves those students' current and future professors. "God loves the university, and therefore InterVarsity loves the university," the group explains. "This love compels us to acknowledge the ways the university is failing in its mission, and seek renewal. Unfortunately, many of today's universities are virtual wastelands when it comes to promoting truth, beauty, and justice."
When universities fail to promote or value truth, beauty, or justice, it is difficult for these things to flourish anywhere else. IV's Graduate and Faculty Ministry seeks to renew the academy so that some day, many more scholars who are both excellent at what they do and strongly committed to Christ will take their places at the academic table. InterVarsity pursues this aim through its Emerging Scholars Network, which encourages and supports Christians pursuing careers in academia, and through Christian faculty communities and conferences. Conferences and other resources for Christian faculty help them to grow in their faith, to integrate their faith with their work, and to be "a redeeming presence among the people, ideas and structures" of their universities.
"InterVarsity Faculty Ministry is about equipping, encouraging, challenging, and teaming with Christian scholars in order to have a redemptive influence within higher education," says Dr. Byron Johnson of Baylor University. "It is this kind of strategic investment that will help us change our nation's colleges and universities." For more information, visit www.facultyministry.org.