Imperative VI

Guide all Baylor students through academic and student life programming to understand life as a stewardship and work as a vocation

Baylor's undergraduate programs emphasize the central importance of vocation and service in students' lives and help them explore their value and role in society. At a Christian university questions such as "Who am I?" and "How should I best use my talents?" should be taken seriously and should guide students as they make life's key decisions. To assist students in addressing such issues, Baylor will develop multiple opportunities, both curricular and co-curricular, for students to discern and understand their life work as a calling and all of life as a stewardship of service.

Progress Summary

  1. Life Work as a Calling Several programs have been implemented or expanded to help students understand their life work as a calling. Baylor received a $2 million Theological Exploration of Vocation grant from the Lilly Endowment. The resident chaplain program and Chapel programming have both been expanded. The Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement was established in 2004. The number of undergraduates expressing an interest in vocational ministry is growing (from 2,029 in 2002 to 2,287 in 2008).
  2. Stewardship of Service Several programs have been implemented to help students understand life as stewardship of service. These programs include discipline and vocation-specific missions, the sports chaplain program, Baylor Line Camps, The Place 2BU, Community Ministries and Academic Partnerships, leadership development, community service, and other campus programs. The Baylor Interdisciplinary Poverty Initiative was established on June 1, 2007.