Essential to Seventh-day Adventist education is the development and strengthening of a biblically founded faith as a result of the student’s program of study and extracurricular activities. Much of Jesus’ ministry involved teaching. The goal of His teaching was to clearly reveal God’s love to a fallen world (John 17:6, 23 New International Version). At the end of His ministry, Jesus commissioned His followers to “preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15) and to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). As Seventh-day Adventist educators, we are commissioned by God to help our students reach not just career goals, but goals set forth in the Bible for mental, physical, social, and spiritual health and wholeness. “To restore in man the image of his Maker . . . to promote the development of body, mind, and soul, that the divine purpose in his creation might be realized . . . is the object of education” (White, 1952). The intent of this paper is to explore models and frameworks used in nursing which connect professional learning and biblical principles. The paper examines the dynamics of interdisciplinary campus-wide learning activities specifically focusing on two visionary lifestyle transformation programs. The projects created opportunities for faculty and students to learn together and build faith in unique ways. Data on the relationship between the students’ participation in the dietary challenge and their spiritual experience are presented. Creativity and intentionality in use of extracurricular activities as means of building relationships, strengthening beliefs, and nurturing positive habits based on scientific and biblical principles are discussed.
Gadd, Ph.D., Holly and Tryon, D.N.P., Lillian
"Building Biblically Founded Faith and Values through a Campus-Wide Healthy Lifestyle Project,"
The Journal of Biblical Foundations of Faith and Learning: Vol. 1
, Article 7.
Available at: http://knowledge.e.southern.edu/jbffl/vol1/iss1/7