The mission of God’s people is to make disciples through evangelism and teaching all that Jesus commanded. These followers of Christ make disciples who make disciples. NGU is a distinctively Christian university. Therefore, we are called to make intellectual disciples who are grounded in spiritual formation and who are called and equipped to be transformational leaders for church and society. Spiritual formation is essential for the entire university community (students, faculty, staff, and administrators). This emphasis on spiritual formation sets NGU apart from many other universities.
This mission and the resulting ministry engagement through the university and local churches are the foundation of NGU’s DNA. If we fail to engage in our mission and the disciple making task, we have lost our identity and purpose.
Three verbs drive our vision for ministry:
Know—students are called to salvation and to vocation. Our culture has bred the lie that you can be anything that you want to be. It is our goal to engage students in spending their lives in being all that God has called them to be. Students need to know and receive the gospel and then share it with others.
Grow—the discipleship journey begins when a person receives Christ and continues throughout life. Disciples grow to love God with all their hearts, souls, minds, and strength. Jesus said his disciples would be identified by their love for God and others (Mark 12:28-31). Making disciples involves investing in the lives of others. This investment is messy at times, but it is our calling.
Go—God’s mission to the world has always been global in scope. We are to make disciples of all ethnicities where we live and among the nations (Matt 28:18-20).
At NGU, students have opportunities to grow in their faith through chapel worship experiences twice weekly. Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) meets on Thursdays providing opportunities for spiritual growth, authentic community, and mission engagement. Athletes are exposed to the gospel, discipleship, and ministry through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Serving others is fundamental for disciples of Christ. BCM, FCA, Campus Ministries, the Institute of Global Leadership, service projects through a variety of academic disciplines, and many other clubs and organizations provide opportunities to serve others at NGU. Involvement in ministry engagement helps you grow in your faith and prepares you to serve as a leader after graduation. Join the adventure!