An important part of what distinguishes Point University from state colleges and universities and most private colleges and universities is the fact that we are intentional about spiritual formation. As our mission statement indicates, our purpose as a university is wrapped up in the idea of “educating students for Christ-centered service and leadership throughout the world.” That’s why we focus on:
- Integrating faith into every discipline;
- Providing spiritual formation opportunities; and
- Taking faith into the workplace
When it comes to spiritual growth outcomes, at Point University we talk about these in three primary ways:
- Every student at Point University will see community ministry as an essential part of what it means to say “Jesus is Lord”
- Every student at Point University will see the importance of integrating faith and vocation
- Some students at Point University will sense that they are called to ordained ministry as vocation
At Point University the most important question is not “Where are you spiritually?” Rather we are more interested in “Where can you be?” Spiritual formation is about the whole person – and we strive to provide opportunities in a variety of contexts which address not merely “going to church” but “the whole person.”
The apostle Peter perhaps says it best: “continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord.” (2 Peter 3:18) That really is what spiritual formation is all about at Point University. It doesn’t matter where you start – but it does matter where we are headed!
Spiritual Formation Opportunities for Students
These small groups are led by faculty and staff and meet on or off campus at various times during the week. All students are encouraged to be a part of such groups. Adventure Groups typically meet at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, where there is a vacant time slot in the academic schedule. Adventure Groups provide a wide variety of topics, lessons and discussion points for our students and often share meals together, participate in projects, etc.
The student-led chapel planning committee plans a monthly worship service consisting of music, prayer and a message. These services will meet on the third Thursday evening of each month, at 7:00 p.m. and are open to all members of the Point family through a live stream on the Point University Facebook page.
This weekly service held at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays during the fall and spring semesters is designed to be a community-wide event where students at Point University and members of the Greater Valley community meet and worship together.
Focused Group Events
Occasionally focus group events are led by Point faculty members, administrators and staff or guests to Point University. Each group will focus on a particular topic and explore it in the context of spiritual formation and will usually be held on our campus in West Point and sometimes broadcast live for all Point students.
One of the great advantages of attending a small university like Point, and one that is Christ-centered, is the relationships students can develop with faculty, staff, coaches and alumni. Point has an active program of trying to place students in great mentoring situations. If you would like a mentor, we will be happy to help you find that person to guide you spiritually. Email Wye Huxford for more information.
As a Christian body, members of the Point University community strive to live and interact with others in ways which are informed by our relationship with Jesus Christ. As such, the expectation for all Point students is that they will behave in ways which reflect this standard, moving toward greater levels of maturity, supporting transformational community and being open to spiritual formation in Christ. The Point Community Honor Code has been created to inform this process and addresses all areas of Student Life, including standards of student conduct and disciplinary procedures. If you have any questions about the Honor Code, please contact Student Life.
At Point University, we believe that the Jesus story is the most amazing, grace-filled covenant imaginable, and we want that covenant to be the over-arching way of life for the Point community. To help us manage what that looks like on a day-to-day basis, we have created A Covenant for a Christian Community which is designed to provide lots of information that we hope will be helpful to every member of our community. Questions regarding the Covenant should be directed to Spiritual Formation.
Remember that the guidelines set forth in the Honor Code and Covenant are subject to change and apply to all students enrolled at Point University.