Since 1971, Liberty University has had one mission — Training Champions for Christ.
It’s what drives everything we do.
And how we work to build a better world.
If faith is important to you, chances are you’ve spent years planting seeds of faith in your child. Their spiritual development matters to you — a lot.
When you’re on Liberty’s campus, you’ll find a group of people who serve one another with grace and strive to cultivate a culture that is Christ-like and community-focused.
As a Christ-centered community, we prioritize the spiritual health of our students. It’s part of our commitment to carrying on the work you began.
And we provide resources and relationships to help your child grow in their faith as well as a safe environment for them to solidify what they believe.
So your student can go out and build a better world — as a Champion for Christ.
Where will your son or daughter find spiritual input at LU?
The classroom | All courses are taught from a biblical worldview by professors who are committed to their faith and to mentoring their students.
Their dorm | Our 5:1 ratio of students to peer leaders on every hall means that your son or daughter will be living everyday life with people who choose to build Gospel-centered community and live on mission with Jesus.
Their sports team | Coaches, assistant coaches, weight trainers — they understand the most important training their student-athletes receive is as a Champion for Christ, and their personal investment in their teams show it.
CSER (community service) | Serving one another is not only something God asks us to do — it’s something that’s good for you. Your child’s life will be enriched by the many opportunities they’re given to serve others.
Convocation | Though our guest speakers come from a variety of personal and professional backgrounds, every Convocation begins with a time of worship.
Campus Community | Liberty’s weekly “church” service on Wednesday evenings is a time of refreshment, encouragement, and Bible-focused teaching.
Their friends | While no community is perfect, the overall culture at Liberty is positive and encouraging, filled with people who want to inspire one another and be part of something greater than themselves.
Their phone | The Liberty Today mobile app offers a wealth of useful information about what’s going on around campus — and it’s where your son or daughter can request prayer from our team of 24/7 prayer warriors.
Campus Community is the central gathering place for worship and spiritual growth at Liberty. Students draw closer to Christ every Wednesday night through this worship service centered around God’s Word.
Want to watch Campus Community for yourself?
- Download the LU Today mobile app and go to the “Campus Community” page — previous services are available on-demand.
- Follow Liberty University Office of Spiritual Development on Facebook to watch Campus Community live.
The LU Shepherd Office focuses on the spiritual needs of the student body, offering guidance, discipleship, and soul-care.
Eleven full-time LU Shepherds (five male and six female — one is dedicated exclusively to our student-athletes) provide pastoral care to the Liberty student body.
Each residence hall is staffed with two Resident Shepherds (RS), students who are directly mentored by the LU Shepherds and who pour into their peers in their dorms. Community Group Leaders (CGL) are directly mentored by the RS on their hall, and invest in a smaller group of students who meet weekly after Campus Community.
RS and CGL are trained in discipleship, spiritual formation, prayer, missions, and small group dynamics.
What do the Shepherds do?
- Attend all Campus Community events, as well as…
- Meet for prayer before.
- Meet and pray with students after.
- Make themselves available for altar calls.
- Provide chaplaincy services:
- Resident Shepherds and Community Group Leaders connect with students during or after ER visits or minor issues.
- LU Shepherds visit students in the hospital when there are serious medical issues.
- LU Shepherds make phone calls to students and families who have been hospitalized or experienced a death in the family.
- Provide pastoral counseling and some premarital counseling.
- Meet with students — sometimes, as many as 1,400+ students come to the LU Shepherds offices within a week. Students can schedule an appointment in the office or meet with an LU Shepherd organically around campus.
- Coordinate our 24/7 prayer on campus. Throughout the semester, students sign up for time slots, guaranteeing that there is always someone is praying for university and student prayer requests — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.