CAMPUS CHRISTIAN LIFE
College of the Ozarks was founded by a group of Christians motivated by a
home mission to the Ozarks. It is an independent, privately
supported, fully accredited, co-educational Christian
college. The College is intentional in helping students
seek and develop a vibrant Christian faith.
The original charter
provides for “the Christian education of youth of the area.” This position
was emphasized by the Board of Trustees in 1968 in the resolution: “The School
of the Ozarks shall always maintain as one of its prime objectives the promotion
of the cause of Christ and His Kingdom and the maintenance of high academic
standards within the context of a Christian environment.”
Students are encouraged to participate in religious activities of their own
choosing off campus, but only in addition to campus
Christian life programs. Community worship is an integral
part of life on our Christian college campus. Therefore,
a reasonable participation in chapel services and various
other campus Christian life activities is considered
a student’s responsibility and privilege. Chapel services
are held each Sunday morning and are designed to challenge
and enhance the spiritual life of our students. These
services are not used for promotional purposes or for
the propagation of any particular denominational doctrine.
Christian convocations are held several times each semester to intentionally
present the gospel of Jesus Christ in a culturally relevant way. Attendance
at a certain number of these convocations is required of all full-time students.
a major focus of Campus Ministries at College of the Ozarks. A discipleship
program called “Body Builders” began a few years ago and part of that program
is “LifeGroups,” a small-group, peer-led Sunday evening discipleship program
meeting. “LifeGroups” is not required, but sees more than 150 students involved
Other Christian life programs are also available and students are encouraged
to participate and share in leadership responsibilities.
While students take the lead in many activities, a faculty
or staff person is always associated with such programs.
The campus Christian life program is designed to help
students worship regularly, develop a Christ-centered
worldview and integrate their faith with classroom learning.
Each semester the College selects a student to attend Focus on the Family Institute
(FOTFI). This is a semester program where the student can receive 15 credit
hours studying about a Christian worldview, the family, church and society,
marriage and leadership. The FOTFI exists to provide a unique Christian educational
community that nurtures passionate and persuasive leaders who are committed
to Jesus Christ, equipping them to promote healthy families, vibrant churches
and a civil society. A student may inquire with the campus ministries office
about this unique opportunity of study.