Don’t forget to pray on the Collegiate Day of Prayer this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020!
See the College Praying Moms page for information on adopting campuses to pray for, the MIP Conference Call, and Live Stream at Yale University information.
Studying Up On Professors
Of the approximately 1.5 million professors in the U.S., only 18.6% of them identify as “born-again Christians.” In America, religious skepticism is much more common among professors than in the general population. And almost half of professors describe the Bible as an “ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts.”
According to Patti Culver of Cru’s Faculty Commons ministry to professors, most Christian professors “feel alone and afraid.”
Further, consider how Jesus said teachers shape their students: “… everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” (Luke 6:40) I had never thought about this regarding professors and their teaching until reading it in A Grander Story.
Is it any wonder then that our culture is what it is when the graduates and research coming out of the university are not taught and initiated from a biblical worldview?
Professors can easily impact 200 students per year—for good or bad. I read of one professor with a forty-year career who taught more than 45,000 students! He was a Christian, thank God. Professors’ impact cannot be minimized. In fact, Campus Crusade for Christ founder, Bill Bright, once said, “If I could start Campus Crusade for Christ over again, I would begin by working with professors.”
Even though we typically include prayers for professors in our “Campus Concerns,” for the next two months I want us to be very intentional in how we pray for them and especially our Christian professors.
If you are so inclined, you can even go to your child’s school website, look up the department (that we’re praying for that week) and pray by name for the department chair and even the faculty.
If you want to pray for known Christian professors registered through Cru’s Faculty Commons, check out www.meettheprof.com. You can find a professor by name, by state, by university, or by department. Encourage your student to see if there are Christian professors at their school or even in their department listed on this website.
“If a distinctly Christian voice is missing from the university, the loss is immeasurable not only for each student in these classrooms but also for each academic discussion that transpires across campus and for our country and world, which are shaped by the dictums and culture flowing out of these institutions.”
On behalf of our Christian professors, let’s raise up our voices to the God who hears and who does immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine! (Eph. 3:20)
March/April College Prayer Points
March 1-7: Government, Public Policy, International Relations Departments. 1) Pray for a holy alliance between Christian professors, staff, and students to reach the campus with the gospel of Christ. 2) For Christian students to study apologetics so they can more effectively evangelize.
March 8-14: Law and Paralegal Studies, Family Studies. 1) For Christian professors to not be “siloed” in their departments but to find each other on campus and set up ministry and accountability. 2) For international students to find investigative Bible study groups where they can learn about Jesus.
March 15-21: Foreign and Classical Languages, Linguistics Studies. 1) That Christian professors and campus ministry staff will connect and profs will speak at campus group meetings. 2) Pray for Muslim students to hear from God via dreams and visions.
March 22-28: Art/Animation/Digital Arts Departments. 1) For the establishment of faculty/grad/undergrad student prayer times on all campuses. 2) Pray for future graduate students to get connected to campus ministry for them on their campuses (37% of undergrads go on to grad school—they are future faculty or administrators).
March 29-April 4: Accounting, Aging and Geriatrics, Anthropology Departments. 1) For God to connect Christian professors with Christian students in their departments to mentor. 2) Collaboration of the growing network of partners Every Campus is assembling to work together to launch new campus ministries.
April 5-11: Physics, Occupational and Physical Therapies, Nutrition Departments. 1) For Christian professors to be bold and hold “What We Don’t Say in the Classroom” events on campus. 2) Circuit Riders, a ministry of YWAM: Pray for fruit from the “Carry the Love” tours across the country on campuses where they are trying to launch gospel movements in conjunction with Cru.
April 12-18: Animal and Veterinarian Sciences, Meteorology Departments. 1) For Christian professors to be a redeeming influence among the people, ideas, and structures of the university. 2) Pray for collegiate ministries in local colleges to finish the year strong in their work with students.
April 19-25: Criminal Justice, Counseling and Psychological Services Departments. 1) That Christian professors’ research, teaching, and service will be an act of worship. 2) Pray for campus ministries as they wrap up year end activities.
April 26-May 2: Library Science, Chemistry, Economics Departments. 1) That through the work of Christian scholars Jesus will not be sequestered from academic pursuits and others will see that Christianity is a rational explanation for the universe. 2) For students to be disciplined and finish their semesters strong.