Biola University Launches New Center for Work of the Holy Spirit

May. 15, 2017 By Biola Staff

LA MIRADA, CALIF. — Biola University will launch the Center for the Study of the Work and Ministry for the Holy Spirit Today in fall 2017. Funded by a $3 million donation, the academic center is a 10-year initiative that will provide resources for a biblical examination of the person and ongoing work of the Holy Spirit, including research, publications, conferences, events and services for students.

"I believe this center will play a critical role in strengthening Biola University in the midst of the challenges we face in a rapidly changing, secularizing context," said president Barry H. Corey. "We need to tap into the Spirit's power in our own campus and celebrate His movement in the wider world. Christian higher education demands not just intellectual development but spiritual formation, not just rational inquiry but supernatural encounter."

The center is envisioned as a home for biblical scholars who wish to provide greater attention to not just a theology of the Holy Spirit but also the awakening and empowering of the Holy Spirit. It will be a training ground for students and faculty who want a greater infusion of the Spirit’s enablement to be more effective in evangelism, global mission, praying for the sick, bringing deliverance to the oppressed and defeating the power of sin.

Among the initiatives led by the center will be a global leader-in-residence appointment with two one-week intensive residents for an internationally influential Christian leader, a faculty fellows research program, a biennial international student conference on spirit empowerment, a biennial symposium featuring faculty research, monthly spirit empowerment vespers services, and collaborative work with existing Biola departments.

“Biola wants to learn from the extraordinary ways that the Spirit is working globally and for our students to experience this empowerment to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ,” said Clinton E. Arnold, dean of Talbot School of Theology, who has helped to guide the proposal for the center. “We believe that this may indeed be a place where God pours out his Spirit in palpable ways that call us to bolder lives of obedience and service and evangelism.”

In funding the center, the donors, who wished to remain unnamed, noted that Biola has a long tradition of emphasizing the importance of the Word of God. The motivation for funding a center at Biola was to balance the study of the Word of God with a renewed emphasis on the empowering work of the Holy Spirit, they said.

The center will function under the oversight of Talbot School of Theology, and will be housed on campus. A director to lead the center will be selected with help from a search committee later this spring, at the conclusion of a nationwide search process that began earlier this year.

Biola leaders see the center as a powerful counterweight to the challenges pressing upon Christian colleges and universities.

“We would be so bold as to pray and plan that through this project Biola would be a place where God would begin a revival the likes of which we have never seen and the impact of which would be globally felt, advancing the gospel around the world,” states the center’s proposal document.

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  • Sam Kumar Jun. 14, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    I pray that Book a will be epic centre of revival. We are praying for global revival. Zech 10: 1. Plz pass it to the President. Sam Kumar

  • Carmen Johnson - Biola Alumni Jun. 15, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    Wonderful news! May this be only the beginning of bringing the power of God's Word and his promises alive and real in the lives of Biola students and all those who are touched thru them. May the power of the Spirit be embraced and empower us to crush all that is not of God. --in Jesus' name.

  • jena jekums Jul. 16, 2017 at 7:46 PM

    This is so sick!!! YEAH JESUS!!!

  • Hanna Jul. 20, 2017 at 8:53 PM

    “We would be so bold as to pray and plan that through this project Biola would be a place where God would begin a revival the likes of which we have never seen and the impact of which would be globally felt, advancing the gospel around the world,” states the center’s proposal document. May I be so bold as to say that Jehovah's Witnesses are already doing this and this is our website...www, Over 120,000 congregations in over 235 lands and growing since the late 1800's. Fulfilling this verse: "This good news[gospel] of the kingdom will be preached throughout all the earth for a witness to all the nations and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14.

  • Jeff Paterson (77-79) Aug. 25, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Exciting! I am excited to see Biola focus in this area as we see the Holy Spirit moving world wide so dramatically with signs and wonders that are bringing people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. For example; seeing His love through physical healing or words of knowledge, words of wisdom, and emotional healing.

  • Debbie Wattenberger Aug. 25, 2017 at 11:03 AM

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  • Daisy Krigbaum - Biola Undergrad Sep. 7, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    A blessing, a continual surprise, to learn of the ways in which Biola is pressing into the practice of the Word in the face of adversity. I pray that God accepts and is exalted by this bold gesture, designated in part to combat the spiritual stagnation that among students has been known, though they be well-informed, to stunt their impact. Father, bless this ministry, send Your Holy Spirit to fill the work, and continue to allow Biola to flourish as its community continues to glorify You by pursuing education as ministry.

  • Lilia Martinez Sep. 28, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    I am concerned about this type of fragmentation. Doesn't our emphasis on the Word of God cover the work of the Holy Spirit? Why are relying on experiences to confirm the validity of his work? Whenever a Christian institution fails to emphasize that the Word of God has the answers we are seeking, it starts its descent down the slope of secularization. In Burtchaell's book "The Dying of the Light", he notes this type of fragmentation is one of the first steps in this direction.

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