Shared Vision and Values
The European region of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) comprises the student movements of 37 culturally diverse nations nonetheless working together. How is this possible?
Since IFES’ foundation in 1947 we have been clear that our shared unity lies in our shared gospel – the ‘evangel’. Similarly, while the integration of faith and scholarship can be a challenging endeavour, we trust that the same gospel foundations can also bring the focus required for effective partnership in this important field. The clarification of an evangelical theological vision for this purpose is the work of the dedicated Gospel and Academia Project.
Our partnership together in academic-specific ministry is based around our unity on three foundational values, built on Christ who is our chief cornerstone.
Beginning with Christ
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together. And
He is the head of the body, the church;
He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.
The Gospel and Academia Project
We are pleased to be taking part in the Gospel and Academia Project – GAP – which seeks to strengthen an evangelical contribution to the wider faith-and-scholarship conversation by providing a dedicated space for those whose primary confessional commitments are clear but who would like to help each other fill what is often perceived as a ‘gap’ when it comes to an evangelical concentration in this arena.