Spiritual Vitality at FPU

Spiritual vitality in the cocurricular traditional undergraduate program is unique in the totality of all that God is doing in the lives of students at Fresno Pacific University. Our ministry service embraces all cultures, all nations and all peoples as gifts of God to the entire world. Our primary objective is to have the kingdom mentality of going to all the earth and making disciples as the lord has commanded; we believe that God will be with us through the end of the world.

As the university continues to grow and to expand with very diverse programming, the cocurricular division continues to include international mission work in service, technological academic expressions and collaborative endeavors with the local church in the Central Valley. These new ventures have challenged and pushed the university to be more astute and keenly aware of the biblical text in changing times. Our students understand that the cultures and communities that surround the context of our university do not necessarily embrace the word of God or the agenda of God for the work of God in the earth. Nevertheless, our mandate and our calling are clear: to not to become compromised by the agenda of a fallen world. Therefore, we embrace the challenge to be engaged with serving all of humanity with the agenda of God for all the world. Spiritual formation and diversity matter at Fresno Pacific University and they matter because they are part of the kingdom agenda, and God has commanded us to reach the world with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Every week since the beginning of this semester, students have gone out to work in diverse communities, teaching, preaching, feeding the homeless, caring for the widows and the disenfranchised in Southeast Fresno. Literally we have surpassed 2,000 service hours this semester alone. Thanks to the Athletics Office, the Student Life Division, the Office of Spiritual Formation & Diversity and other groups, we are continuing to develop new mental models of ministry that will impact and change life as we know it in the Central Valley.

The spiritual vitality of this university is alive and well and I am pleasantly surprised at the multiplicity of ideas that continue to be in the heart of our student body, staff, faculty and administration. One of our newest initiatives is our regional campus convocation services. They are a dynamic time of formation, fellowship and spiritual renewal as we start the academic year. Students, faculty, staff, administrators and board members all gather to give God thanks for what he has done and is doing in our region. Join us today in this amazing opportunity to reach every county and city in the Valley with good news of the Gospel. Our university is on the move and our spiritual vitality is definitely on display. Jesus has called his disciples into the cities to serve where the fields are ripe and ready for harvest! I praise God for our university and the willingness to work to advance the Kingdom of God on the earth. What a great joy to see so many participating in the coming of Christ’s Kingdom.

Convocation dates:

  • January 18, 2019: Visalia Campus, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • January 23, 2019: Main Campus Special Events Center, 10:00-10:50 a.m.
  • January 25, 2019: St. John Lutheran Church, Bakersfield, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • February 1, 2019: Cross City Church, Fresno, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • February 8, 2019: Gateway Church, Merced, 7:00-8:00 p.m.