There may be over 12,600 students on Liberty University’s campus, but the Office of Student Leadership (OSL) works hard to provide peer accountability, encouragement, and spiritual refreshment for each resident student, bringing a small school feeling to the largest Christian university in the world.
Over 1,500 resident assistants (RAs), spiritual life coaches (SLCs), and prayer and life group leaders (PLGLs) are dedicated to ensuring that every student on Liberty’s campus is prayed for daily, prayed with weekly, and given the opportunity for personal discipleship. Every student is given direct access to two RAs, two SLCs, and one designated PLGL. Passionate about mentoring, ministering to, and mobilizing every Liberty student to impact the world for Christ, those in student leadership undergo close to 60 hours of role-specific training each year in relational and spiritual leadership and ministry development.
This training not only equips RAs, SLCs, and PLGLs to effectively minister to the students in their residence halls, it prepares them for ministry in every area of life. They learn planning, conflict resolution techniques, and how to make sound decisions — skills they can use anywhere. In fact, many ministries come to Liberty’s OSL to recruit for hiring, sometimes noting that those who have served on student leadership are already 60 percent through any professional training the company itself might offer.
RAs, SLCs, and PLGLs are often chosen to be the face of Liberty, hand-selected by multiple university departments to help in public relations events such as Commencement and conferences that include guests from outside the university.
Liberty 2013 graduate, Jandi Potts, served as a spiritual life coach during her time on campus. She can attest to the powerful impact that Student Leadership makes not only in the lives of those being mentored, but in the lives of the mentors themselves.
“My favorite part of Liberty was being on the leadership team,” said Potts. “[I liked] learning from other girls and being able to share my life with them. That, to me, is foundational to Liberty and crucial to my ministry in the future.”
Training Champions for Christ that, in turn, are training other Champions for Christ is a mission that the Office of Student Leadership takes seriously, and is dedicated to fulfilling every day for every student on Liberty’s campus.