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Inspiring and nurturing a thoughtful pursuit of Christ one student, one professor, one university at a time.

 

Centers for Christian Study are learning communities strategically located close to university campuses. Centers include undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and local men and women who want to engage the mainstream academy with Christian perspectives in scholarship, and do it in the context of intentional community.

Some participants are enrolled in a Center program; others are pursuing a degree from a local university; still others are involved as life-long learners. Some share life together in a residential community; many others are part of a Center’s larger relational network in a university town. Some are involved in local advisory leadership for a Center, and others are adult mentors and host families for students.

Center activities and events feature formal academic coursework, lectures, conferences, concerts, recitals, drama and other artistic performances, movies, retreats, discussion groups, mentoring, service, and the many dimensions of life-in-community.

Core Values

Character and Influence

We are committed to helping students become certain kinds of people. Our goal is to help them become men and women of character and integrity, with habits and skills that will contribute to a life-long pattern of moral excellence, or what the ancient world referred to as virtue. We are committed to training a generation of men and women whose character, words and actions influence others in...

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Constructive Engagement

We are committed to rigorous and thoughtful interaction with the brightest and best minds within and outside the Christian tradition. We strive to model a positive and constructive engagement with culture in a diverse academic environment through our intentional location next to major research universities and our commitment to a mutually beneficial relationship with them

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Intentional Community

We are committed to providing a supportive environment for living and learning. Because learning in community is essential to our understanding of human flourishing and shaping people to be successful in their relationships, professions and service to the world, we are committed to the development of community in everything we do.

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Christian Tradition

CCSI’s commitments are strong, but not sectarian. We welcome a mutually enriching discussion between Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions. We embrace the breadth, depth, and diversity of the historic Christian faith as expressed, for instance, in the ecumenical creeds of the early church, the confessions of the Protestant Reformation, and the spirit of vitality and renewal in...

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Endorsements

“CCSI carries the battle for understanding of life and reality into the context where it is genuinely being fought — not just the campus, but the classroom. Their people stand up on matters of intellectual content and convey the knowledge that makes up the Christian tradition and competes today...”

Dallas Willard, Ph.D.
Late Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California

“I believe the single, most important type of college ministry needed today is one like CCSI. CCSI combines a faithful commitment to evangelical Christian doctrine with a passion for spiritual life and a deep commitment to the intellectual life. I am thankful to God and to CCSI’s leadership for...”

J.P. Moreland, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology

“Most Christians only bemoan the crisis in the universities; CCSI is doing something about it at the point where the challenges are stiffest and the opportunities greatest. They deserve our enthusiastic support. They have mine.”

Dr. Os Guinness
Senior Fellow, The Trinity Forum