An Academic Twist on Secret Church 15 - Radical

An Academic Twist on Secret Church 15

You are probably aware of the fact that tens of thousands of people will be joining us on Friday night for the Secret Church simulcast. But you may not have known that some of those participants will not be joining us from a church sanctuary or family living room. In some cases, they’ll be joining us from a school.

Such is the case for a group of students and faculty members in Canon City, Colorado at Worldview at the Abbey. Jeff Baldwin, the provost of the two-semester bridge program and co-founder of Worldview Academy, agreed to answer a few questions for us about the work they do equipping young Christians to engage the culture. In their ministry focus, it’s hard to imagine how this year’s Secret Church topic could be a better fit.

What is Worldview Academy and what is its mission?

Worldview Academy is a non-denominational ministry focused on equipping students to think and live in accord with the Christian worldview. Towards this end, we offer 23 week-long Leadership Camps on college campuses nationwide, from New Hampshire to southern California and from Washington to Florida.

How do you go about accomplishing this mission?

We believe that students naturally desire to rise to a challenge, so we challenge them by spending almost 30 hours per camp in the classroom discussing apologetics, worldview, and servant leadership. We also train the students in evangelism and then take them out to share their faith with others. We have time for fun as well—we play ultimate frisbee and set aside time for praise and worship—but our focus is to help students see that their faith is reliable and relevant to every aspect of their lives.

We’ve also recently launched a pilot program, Worldview at the Abbey, that serves as a bridge year for high school seniors and graduates who are preparing to attend college. This two-semester residential program in Canon City, Colorado allows students to go deeper, studying the impact of Christianity on the “great conversation” in history, learning rhetoric, and implementing what they believe in their day to day lives.

Why do you believe it is so important that we equip people (particularly high school graduates) with a Christian worldview?

We’ve just lived through a century where anti-intellectualism dominated the Church—where people honestly believed that they shouldn’t examine their faith too closely because it might be undermined by careful scrutiny. But the truth bears inspection! If Christianity is true, and ideas have consequences, then Christians need to take Christ’s call to be salt and light seriously—we need to live like every aspect of our lives is informed by the Word of God, and expect good consequences to follow. As Francis Schaeffer said, “God is interested in the whole man.” God doesn’t just care about our Sundays—He wants us to follow Him in our jobs, in our civic service, in our families, and in our leisure time. As we understand this and incorporate it, we make ourselves available to be used by Christ to affect real change in the world around us.

Why did you decide to host a Secret Church simulcast?

Two of our administrative staff members participated in Secret Church and were blessed by your teaching; their enthusiasm caused us to be excited about bringing your program to Canon City. We were planning on hosting long before we heard what this year’s topic would be—but we’re even more excited now that we know we’ll be discussing the application of the Christian worldview to the current events in our culture.

Jonathan Lenning is the General Manager of Sales at Cottage Supply Company in Birmingham, Alabama. He previously worked on staff at Radical.

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