LA MIRADA, Calif. Prison ministry expert Chuck Colson's Center for Christian Worldview has teamed up with Biola University to form a public-private Christian strategic alliance to equip the next generation of leaders.
The collaborative partnership was announced Oct. 22 at a private dinner at the Reagan Library. The goal of the partnership is to equip Christians to serve their communities, cultures, churches and society.
Launched in September, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview is an online ministry of BreakPoint and Prison Fellowship. The site is designed to be an online "Framework of Truth" clearinghouse for resources and research from a biblical worldview. In interviews with national media, Colson has said he believes America's prisoners are the consequence of a failed worldview.
"I am so thrilled that Biola Universitya leading Christian university and a bastion of biblical orthodoxyis joining with the Colson Center for Christian Worldview in this movement to equip believers to embrace and defend the faith and to be salt and light in the public square," Colson said in a news release.
In addition to its virtual library, visitors to the site can join classes and experience soul-stretching education. The Colson Center links with a wide range of worldview ministries whose resources and materials are available to those searching the site.
The online library features writings, speeches, and other materials generated by Colson as the "first floor" of its resources and builds upon that to erect an edifice of worldview information, resources, and training from every age and sector of the Christian heritage.
By combining Biola University's biblically-centered education and the Worldview Center's online influence, Biola professors who are currently wrestling with thought-provoking material in the classroom will have the opportunity to disseminate it to the community at large.
"In today's hyperlinked, globalized world, there is an undeniable impulse toward cooperation, partnership and networked collaborationthinking and acting not alone but as part of a larger collective of individuals and institutions with a unified purpose," said Barry H. Corey, Biola University president. "It is the desire of Biola University to become an architect and leader of collaborative ventures, building coalitions to tackle large and complex problems that can be better solved collectively."
The partnership is designed to bring the strengths of the two influential organizations together, officials said. The focus is on providing content from Biola faculty leaders in the disciplines needed by the Worldview Center and adding Biola-generated content to an online resource center housing thousands of worldview resources and references.
The online center will also point users to the resources Biola has to offer as a prominent Christian university and will allow for exploration for future opportunities between the two organizations.
"Now is the time for biblically sound worldview ministries and institutions to work together to form a movement for restoring the gospel of the Kingdom and the hope of that Good News to the churches," Colson said.
The 101-year-old Biola has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a "National University," which is considered the "major leagues" of higher education. In addition to its focus on intentional spiritual development and career preparation, Biola offers a unique academic environment with more than 145 academic programs in seven schools. The university offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D.
For more information, visit www.ColsonCenter.org.