Spiritual Life

Learn. Grow. Get Involved.

At George Fox, faith is a verb. As your relationship with God grows deeper, so will your desire to engage in the world – to do the work of Jesus. Spiritual growth and transformation are at the core of who we are, whether that happens in small groups, chapel or in the classroom.

A Christ-Centered Community

Students gather for the ShalomOur identity as a Christian college affects everything we do, both inside and outside the classroom. It influences the way we teach every subject and is the reason we offer many opportunities for service and spiritual growth. At the center of our Christ-centered community is the belief that we are all gifted and called to service in a needy world.

While Bible colleges tend to focus only on theological training, George Fox offers a liberal arts education that allows students to pursue their vocation and calling in a wide variety of career paths.

Read our Statement of Faith

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Do I Have to Be a Christian to Attend?

George Fox is an unapologetically Christian university, and our commitment to faith impacts every part of the student experience. Being a Christian isn’t a requirement to attend, but we do ask for an open heart as you join a campus community that is committed to Christ and committed to supporting you personally, academically and spiritually.

As part of general education requirements, all undergraduate students are required to complete 15 credit hours dedicated to the liberal arts and Christian life – in courses taught by our all-Christian faculty – as well as abide by our community’s lifestyle agreement.

Faith in Academics

Faith is fully integrated into the classroom experience, and all our professors are Christians who want to know you by name. This is one way our "Be Known" promise – that each student will be known personally, academically and spiritually – is lived out.

Although faith is woven into all of our courses, the following are specifically designed to encourage you in your faith journey:

THEO 101-102: I Believe

All freshmen take THEO 101-102, a two-course sequence that addresses what it means to be a Christian and other questions of the faith. The format incorporates a large-group lecture on Mondays, a small-group discussion on Wednesdays, and a large-group panel discussion on Fridays.

Known and Being Known

This first course in the liberal arts core introduces students to the history and mission of George Fox and the values and habits that are the foundation of a liberal arts education.

Engaging Christ in Transition

This course, taken by George Fox students in their final year of study, provides an opportunity for students to reflect on what they’ve learned at George Fox and prepare for the transition to the next stage.

Watch video: Teaching Theology in Community
Photo of Hannah Miller

Hannah Miller, Class of 2019

Before coming to Fox I had let other people determine my views and beliefs, never actually questioning and understanding exactly what I believed. Then, being exposed to a plethora of varying views, beliefs and practices of spirituality, I learned how to take my faith and make it my own.

Chapel exists to create space for the university community to worship together with Christ-centered teaching, Christian practices and creative arts that challenge and inspire students to grow into mature disciples of Jesus Christ. Undergraduate students are required to attend chapel or chapel electives 15 hours each semester.

Chapel Activities

  • Tuesday Morning Chapel
    Worship through music and teaching by George Fox staff and guest speakers
  • Shalom Chapel
    Common prayer, worship, breaking-bread and Scripture reading centering us around Christ and his whole mission to share the whole gospel with the whole world
  • Vespers
    Worship through music and teaching through Scripture by pastoral team and guest speakers
  • International Chapel
    Prayer, worship and centering on Scripture, particularly in ways supporting our international students’ experience
  • Chapel Electives
    Students have the option of attending electives to fulfill one-third of their chapel credit requirements.
Watch video: Baptism on the Quad

Life Groups

Students gather for the Life Group meetingLife Groups provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to gather for a weekly time of discussion and prayer. Groups are led by a post-college leader.

Ministry & Service

Preparing students to serve with passion is part of our mission at George Fox, and we live that out by providing numerous service opportunities and engaging in ongoing dialogue about significant societal issues.

As a result of this exposure and dialogue, students develop a broader perspective marked by concern for the poor and marginalized and a spirit of generosity.

Service opportunities include:

Serve Day

Serve Day

Each fall, the campus closes for one day so all undergraduates and employees can serve surrounding communities.

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Students take care of the children during the Foster Parent Night Out

Foster Parent Night Out

In this monthly event, students interact, mentor and spend time with children in the foster care system while foster parents get a few hours off.

Serve (“SpiL”) Trips

During winter, spring and summer breaks, “SpiL Trips” challenge students to learn from and work alongside people and organizations modeling Christian community development.

Generation Connections

Generation Connections

George Fox students and retirement community residents come together regularly to share their talents and stories with each other – and play some games.

Students working on a service project

Saturday Service

This community service outreach links students to their community through service projects.

Little+Big Bruins

Much like Big Brother/Sister programs, this program allows George Fox students to serve as role models to students from an elementary or middle school through regular one-on-one time.

Kin-Dom Events

These gatherings connect students to under-resourced neighbors in urban areas for the purpose of serving people in need.

Watch video: What Serve Day Means for Our Community