• Christ-Enlivened Student Affairs: A Guide to Christian Thinking and Practice in the Field

Christ-Enlivened Student Affairs: A Guide to Christian Thinking and Practice in the Field

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By Perry Glanzer

How does the Christian faith inform Christian student affairs practice? How should it? Instead of placing Christ outside the realm of education, Christ should serve as the motivating and animating force for all of Christian student affairs. With Christ at the center of education, the Christian story distinctly transforms the nature of the work education professionals do. With research from a national mixed-methods study, Christ-Enlivened Student Affairs avoids the common response of anecdotal evidence by providing a catalog of some of the best thinking and practices in the field. Glanzer, Cockle, Graber, and Jeong use the framework of educational philosophies to trace how Christianity animates the who, why, what, and how of student affairs, offering evidence-based resources, and new tools for engaging new practitioners in the field, and a larger theological perspective for Christian student affairs.

"Perry Glanzer and his Baylor colleagues are convinced that effective student development on Christian and secular campuses requires something more than caring professionals who understand higher education. Forming whole persons in ways that honor God calls for a coherent theology that integrates academic learning with a life of faith. The result of their research is a redemptive, Christ-centered approach to student affairs with biblically-grounded principles and practices that I hope will exercise wide influence on the field of student development and—even more importantly—make a real difference in the lives of college and university students." —Philip Ryken, President, Wheaton College

"I had the good fortune to begin my calling as an educator in Student Life—as a Director of Residence Life with an M.A. in History.  (They told me they wanted the degree!)  I saw from the start how central Student Life was to any coherent vision of Christian Higher Education. I have also witnessed throughout my journey as an academic and administrator how much Student Life has had to struggle for legitimization within Christian Higher Education relative to both the Academic enterprise and the sphere of Spiritual Formation.  Christ-Enlivened Student Affairs captures both this centrality and this struggle.  In this much needed volume, Perry Glanzer and his colleagues capture, through extensive qualitative and statistical research, the current state of the journey toward a distinctively Christian Vision of Student Life within the world of Christian Higher Education.  This work also serves inherently as a call toward a normative theological foundation for Christian colleges and universities that will enrich their capacity to speak distinctively and constructively—even beyond the world of Christian Higher Education— into not only the perennial student life challenges of residential life, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual integrity and student discipline, but the contemporary challenges of race relations and Title IX.  It is to be hoped that Christ-Enlivened Student Affairs will inspire a truly Incarnational approach toward inviting our students into their full inheritance as created and redeemed divine image bearers." —Shirley A. Mullen, President and Professor of History, Houghton College 

"For the Christian leader in student affairs, a thoroughly faith-infused perspective on our work with students and colleagues is at the core of our calling. Part indictment and part call to comprehensive theological faithfulness, the authors provide a well-researched, compelling, and articulate Christian vision for our profession and for our campus communities. We would do well to pay attention as we prepare and equip the next generation of Christ-followers!" —Brad Lau, Vice President of Student Life & Athletics, George Fox University

ISBN 9781684265008

Pages 256

Dimensions (inches) 6 x 9

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