bringing the hope of Jesus Christ to the university and
“The enormous challenges today facing our nation and the world require men and women whose thirst for knowledge is coupled with spiritual wisdom and moral character. Faculty Commons understands this!”Marla Frederick
“If I could start Campus Crusade for Christ over again, I would begin by working with professors.”William R. Bright (1921-2003)
“There are few things that give me more pleasure than to praise the work of Faculty Commons. Their unique contribution on campus is to nurture those who are professors now and those Ph.D. candidates who plan to be professors in the future. They challenge us to be truly Christ-like—even when there are costs to our discipleship.”Robert P. George
The Whole Campus - the Whole World
“I know of no other ministry that trains, mobilizes, encourages and sends Christian professors into the spiritual battle on the university campuses as effectively as Faculty Commons.”Henry F. Schaefer III
Although they represent less than 1% of the total US population, the faculty on our universities wield more influence on the future than any other group.
Population of US--310 Million
Students in U.S.--19 Million
Faculty in the U.S.-1.3 Million
We in Faculty Commons are men and women who love the academy, who find the person and works of Jesus of Nazareth to be satisfying and true, and who look to Him as the beautiful hope for the world.
We dream of the day when movements of Christian professors willingly wrestle with the ever-challenging question,
“As Christ-followers, what should we do in the academy?”
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Check out these ideas submitted by Christ-following faculty.
Friday Night at the Movies
For many years, Walter Bradley (Walter Bradley retired recently as a distinguished professor of engineering at Baylor University. He was previously a professor of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University for 25 years, including 10 years as department chair.) used a “Friday Night at the Movies” resource to provide an opportunity for students to be exposed in a thought-provoking way to the big questions about life and to engage in discussion of these questions.
Find out more here.
What We Don’t Say in The Classroom Event
Over the last several years, Christ-following faculty have hosted a “What we don’t say in the classroom” event to expose faculty and students to the story of their spiritual journey.
Find more here.
A Newspaper Ad sponsored by Christian Faculty
Do a newspaper ad sponsored by Christian profs across the campus.
- Pray for the strategic outreach of faculty on your campus.
- Challenge those profs to put an ad in the school newspaper.
- Good times to do an ad: start of semester, Thanksgiving holiday, Christmas, Valentine’s day, and Easter. The ad will usually have a theme to it.
- Samples of ads. Go to our resources page. Usually an ad will include name and department of professor. Include a link to everystudent.com or other similar links.
- Call the school newspaper for details about ads. You want the ad to be the biggest ad on the page, but it doesn’t have to cover the entire page. Normally, a student organization can get a greatly reduced price. Have the local CRU movement help set it up. Find out the price. Find out when you need to have the ad submitted by for publication.
- Challenge the professors to pay for the ad. Or use other means of funding the ad.
- Have the local CRU movement be praying for the release of the ad.
- Help prepare the professors to know how to respond when they get comments about the ad.
“Nothing makes sense to me and I don’t know if it is ever going to. I am completely lost.”
April, a freshman, was nearly finished with her latte in a campus coffee shop. She was talking with Paul, a doctoral student in philosophy and a teaching assistant for one of her classes. She discovered that many professors view Christianity not as “the truth” but as “one culturally-relative view among many.”
April found this approach confusing and depressing.
Paul, a Christian involved with Faculty Commons, had a different perspective. She sought out his opinion and asked:
“If everyone in the world is searching for meaning in different ways and each claim they have found it, how could there be a universal meaning?”
“What if I need to believe in some kind of ultimate reality, some kind of perfection behind all the chaos in the world, some kind of transcendent power…because I cannot live with the idea of being utterly alone in both life and death?”
Paul explained the good news of Christ to April and answered many of the objections to Christianity she had learned in several of her college classes.
He also connected April with Lisa, a Cru staff member. The two met weekly to study the Bible.
A few weeks later, April e-mailed Paul: “A couple nights ago, I finally decided to go for it and invited Christ into my life. Thanks for talking to me.”
Nielson Award Winner
Dr. Buff Furman is a recent recipient of the Nielson Award from Faculty Commons as an outstanding Christian professor. Here is what Dr. John Walkup, National Field Representative for FC said about Buff in presenting the award:
“I met Buff Furman in 2000, shortly after Pat and I arrived back in northern California to direct Faculty Commons’ ministries at the San Francisco Bay Area campuses. I was immediately impressed with his commitment to being a blessing to the faculty, staff and students on the San Jose State campus.
“Buff and his wife Wanda demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ for others. He has a strong testimony for our Lord’s love and grace to all those around him. Moreover, Buff has the leadership skills to which his faculty colleagues have responded during his seven years leading the faculty/staff ministry at SJSU.
“Whenever I attend one of their weekly meetings, I am impressed with the obvious respect that both the faculty and staff show for his leadership. This carries over to his family life; watching them, together with their young daughter, Joy, one sees a genuine picture of Christian marriage and family life.
“Buff and Wanda have participated in seven of our national conferences. Because of their participation and urging, other San Jose State professors have also attended various Faculty Commons conferences. He has organized and led the use at SJSU of the PBS “Question of God” series comparing the lives and philosophies of C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud.
“Buff is one of the most consistently Spirit-led Christian professors we have known. He consistently demonstrates his faith in Christ through his upbeat, encouraging demeanor, the gracious way in which he reaches out to other faculty, to university staff and to his students.”