As a growing community of Christian faculty and staff members at the University of Illinois, our Mission is to encourage and assist one another in the integration of our Christian faith with our academic and professional lives, and to promote thoughtful dialogue on campus about the Christian understanding of the beauty and unity of truth in Jesus Christ. As followers of Jesus, who value both truth and relationships, we hope to develop friendships with all those who are exploring the most profound questions of the academy.
Our Core Goals
• To challenge and strengthen UIUC faculty & staff in their Christian lives.
• To increase the visibility of the Christian worldview on campus
• To attractively communicate to students, faculty, and staff the reality of a relationship with Jesus Christ.
ICFS Statement of Faith
(these are not everything we believe, of course)
We believe in:
The uniquely divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness and authority of the Bible.
The deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The necessity and efficacy of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for the redemption of the world, and the historical fact of his bodily resurrection.
The current presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
A salvation that is freely offered to all, and individually received by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
As an organization, we hope to attract Christian faculty and staff who see the university as a primary area for their Christian service. Christian faculty and staff are uniquely positioned to influence the university for Jesus Christ.
We are the permanent residents of the university in a very important sense. As Christians, we all must make decisions about where we can most effectively serve the cause of Christ, the building of His kingdom. We believe that Christian faculty and staff should seriously consider seeing ministry in the university as one of their primary areas of Christian service.
Many laypeople in our churches can teach Sunday School, serve on church boards, or be in the choir, but only Christian faculty and staff have the opportunity personally to be involved in ministry in the important mission field of the university.
ICFS seeks to provide support and encouragement to Christian faculty and staff who want to glorify Christ through their teaching, research, and service. Illini Christian Faculty and Staff desires to be a synergistic ministry, led by a team of Christian faculty and staff, who are committed to seeing ICFS influence the university for the glory of God.
Please read and pray about the calling to commitment above. In light of that and if you do feel that you are called to be involved in ICFS, we would like you to give ICFS the same kind of investment that you would give teaching an adult Sunday School class in your church, leading a small group, or serving as an elder or deacon. Each of these local church responsibilities, of course, requires different levels of commitment. On average, over the course of the year, 1-1.5 hrs. a week might be a good starting suggestion. In busy times of the semester—0 hours! In the summer more hours can be spent making plans and preparations that can be implemented, with little time investment, during the school year.