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Spiritual Development at Belmont



Deans, department chairs and staff leaders think together about ways we can more fully live out Belmont's calling to be a "Christian community of learning and service."

Christian faith development speakers included CeCe Winans' speaking to our Music Business students and Lakota Sioux leader Richard Twiss, author of Many Tribes, One Church, connecting with the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences regarding its work among Native Americans.   Christian Faith Development Convocations attracted a total of thousands of students to events with guests like Tony Campolo, Joshua DuBois (Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based Partnerships), Bishop Joseph Walker, and Ray Krone (the 100th Inmate exonerated from death row).  Each person spoke about how Christ can make a difference in our lives and the life of the world.

Faculty are involved with Christian individuals, organizations and conferences that help them fulfill Belmont's mission as a Christian university

Belmont is involved with the annual Christian Scholars Conference, American Scientific Affiliation Conference, Christian Community Development Conference, and Christian Community Health Fellowship

Faculty Reading Groups included Finding Calcutta by Mary Poplin and The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship by George Marsden, prior to the visits by both authors to interact with faculty and students around the ideas of Christian calling and vocation.

Belmont hosted:           

  • Catholic Charities Centennial Celebration

  • Christian Community Health Fellowship National Conference

  • Hope for Creation nationwide simulcast for Earth Day

  • Nationwide Sleep Out to End Malaria

  • Gospel Music Association's Immerse conference

  • United Methodist Men's Annual Meeting

  • Mission-Fuge Summer Camps that bring 3,000 high school students to campus to serve in local Christian ministries

Towering Traditions summer orientation includes an opportunity for students and parents to learn more about Belmont as Christian community, and to participate in worship  Towering Traditions and Welcome Week provide a comprehensive focus on Belmont's Christian mission, with opportunities for all incoming parents and students.

Christian community service and missions experiences:

 Into.nashville brings together students every other Saturday to spend 5 hours at a local ministry learning about what they do, performing hands-on service, and then reflecting on what this means for God's call on their lives.

 Community Garden:  there are a total of 50 students, faculty and staff involved in the projects on and off campus that help us become good stewards of God's Creation.

 Belmont Service Year offers students the chance to live in an intentional Christian community and serve the poor of Nashville.  This year we had 8 students who not only served in local ministries, but also spent time getting other students involved in serving the needy in Jesus' name. 

 First AmeriCorps Volunteer at Belmont allowed a Belmont Service Year student to return to continue serving the community 40-50 hrs./wk.

 Human Trafficking events, including convocations, an art auction, and fundraising concert.

 Haiti relief events, including collection of supplies and fundraising efforts, plus a concert that brought together auditioned student bands, Ginny Owens and Taylor Swift.

 Mission and Service-Learning Trips:

Cambodia

  17

Guatemala  

  36 

South Africa (academic)

  17

South Africa (ministry)

  17 

Ukraine

  10

New York 

  11 

Georgia 

  11 

Pine Ridge 

  18

Habitat 

  08

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Total: 

145


Spiritual Life Assistants, Community Life Leaders, and Faith Development Leaders... 

...are among the 60 students who work weekly across campus to lead Bible studies, worship services and outreach efforts.

 Faith Development Organizations have their leaders in an ongoing mentoring relationship with University Ministries so they can more effectively serve students:

  • Baptist Collegiate Ministries
  • Reformed University Fellowship
  • Every Nation Campus Ministries
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Belmont Catholic Community
  • Christian Artist Fellowship
  • Chadasha Gospel Choir

 Weekly campus worship opportunities included faculty and student prayer groups in the Tower Prayer Chapel, a Weekly Evening Worship Service and Friday Chapel. 

 Belmont works with sister Christian organizations:

  • The American Scientific Affiliation
  • Christian Community Health Fellowship
  • Children's Defense Fund
  • Bread for the World
  • Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges
  • BestSemester Study Abroad
  • International Association of Baptist Colleges & Universities

 Champions for Justice Award:  Belmont College of Law

Belmont University College of Law presented its inaugural Champions for Justice Award to Rev. Fred Gray, the attorney for Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

Sex & the Soul Week was added as a new emphasis on campus, joining Emerge:  A Week of Spiritual Reflection and Renewal and Missions & Justice Week.

This new emphasis week drew standing room only crowds who heard from nationally respected speakers and authors on topics ranging from human sexuality to body image to pornography addiction.

 New partnerships with the Lutheran, Episcopal and Catholic churches have led to staff being assigned to work at Belmont each week.  They join the 18 others who are part of our volunteer Community of Campus Ministers, which meets regularly so that we can coordinate our work with Belmont students.



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