What does it mean to be a Christian university?
Before college, other people—parents, peers, teachers, ministers and friends—help to shape students’ beliefs and actions. Students continue to draw from those sources; however, during college years, one begins to develop, strengthen and fine-tune personal convictions and to lay claim to personal beliefs. Samford respects God-given abilities, so persons are encouraged to think, reflect and reason. Individuals are challenged to weigh differing points of view and to arrive at their own conclusions and convictions. And, all of this takes place in a community of Christ-centered values. At Samford, a lively witness is defined by respectful dialogue, not by dogmatic indoctrination. Respectful dialogue helps create authentic friendships that, when attention is turned to spiritual matters, provide opportunities to sharpen and share personal faith.
Putting faith into action
Hundreds of Samford students gather on Tuesday nights for Shiloh, a weekly student-led worship experience. Convocations, other worship experiences, faith-focused special lectures, Bible study groups, community ministries and outreach teams also are available. Students also have regular opportunities to participate locally and globally in missions and ministry projects.