Diversity & Reconciliation
At LPU, we recognize diversity as an expression of God’s creativity. Guided by the four cardinal doctrines of the Foursquare Church and the diverse voices of our community, we’re committed to fostering a safe, inclusive, and equitable campus for all our students, staff, and faculty.
Building A community of Reconciliation
The Kingdom of God is beautifully diverse – and the LPU community reflects that variety. More than half our student body are people of color, and we’ve welcomed students from countries all across the world. Maintaining, growing, and fostering that diversity is a priority across the entire LPU landscape.
All our full-time faculty and staff take mandatory diversity and inclusion training on an annual basis. Students fill out course evaluations that include questions about diversity and inclusion in the classroom. We aim to create equitable systems of recruitment and support for underrepresented students, faculty, and staff – like through our scholarship fund for people of color. Meanwhile, our Diversity Coordinator & Diversity Committee tackle issues and oversee proactive initiatives in order to create an inclusive campus.
Together, we’re building a community of reconciliation by helping students:
- Understand diversity, multiculturalism, and justice from a Biblical worldview
- Develop intercultural skills
- Broaden attitudes to appreciate the complexity of a diverse world
- Prepare to cooperate and compete in a multicultural and global workplace
Gospel Focused Diversity, Justice, and Belonging
A Gospel-focused approach to diversity, justice, and belonging centers on allowing Christ to reign in every dimension of our lives, and reconciling people to God and each other. Diversity is celebrated, and differences are repaired by the Holy Spirit. This approach fosters Christ-centered unity that serves as the foundation for all efforts towards diversity, justice, and belonging.
The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ, the eternal king of the universe whom God chose to be the atoning sacrifice for the world's sins (1 John 2:2). All who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as lord receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and experience the miracle of the “rebirth” and receive eternal life (John 3:16). Those who do not want Christ to reign over them are disqualified from receiving eternal life and will be judged by God and held accountable for their sins (Luke 19:27).
A gospel-focused approach to diversity, justice, and belonging is wholistic and centers on people allowing Christ to have access and reign in every dimension of their lives (1. spirit, 2. soul, 3. body, 4. family “biological and church”, 5. work, and 6. Doing justice and mercy in the world) as the Holy Spirit works out love and sanctification. While the gospel unifies believers as spiritual brothers and sisters, sin divides us. The goal is to submit to the Holy Spirit's transforming work and to love God and others as Christ commanded (John 13:34). Diversity among people, whether that diversity comes in the form of ethnic, cultural, gender, thought, ability, etc., accentuates the creative nature of God and should be celebrated. Differences in ethnicity, political affiliation, gender, age, culture, etc., have caused deep painful schisms in the church and world and can only be repaired by the reconciling work of God through Christ and the Holy Spirit. As a gospel-focused community, we have committed ourselves to partnering with Christ in reconciling people to God and each other.
A gospel-focused approach to diversity and inclusion on campus involves allowing the Holy Spirit to change people's hearts through the gospel message to bring about a personal spiritual transformation that results in Christlikeness and Christ-centered unity that serves as the foundation of all diversity, justice, and belonging efforts.
Romans 1:16, ESV: 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
Mark 1:15, ESV: 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
2 Thessalonians 1:8, ESV: 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
Discipleship/spiritual formation is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others. Racial/ethnic prejudice, ethnic pride, bigotry, unforgiveness, sexism, and classism are issues of spiritual immaturity and must be addressed by healthy discipleship and spiritual formation culture. If not corrected, these sins will undermine the message of the gospel and our Christian witness to the world. Allowing the Holy Spirit to form our views on these issues is critical to our spiritual maturity. A disciple-making approach to diversity, justice, and belonging ensures community members become genuine followers of Christ by learning to obey everything Jesus has commanded and understanding diversity, justice, and belonging issues from a biblical worldview. In short, this involves learning to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength and to show Christlike love to our neighbors.
Colossians 1:28, ESV: 28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.
Galatians 4:19-21, ESV: 19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, 20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
1 John 4:16, ESV: 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
God's Mission (Mission Dei) is to acknowledge that God sent his Church into the world as an instrument of reconciliation, healing, and biblical justice. A mission-engaged approach to diversity, justice, and belonging involves showing mercy to the world by caring for those on the margins of society and defending the cause of the oppressed: the orphans, widows, foreigners, and the poor (Psalms 82:3, Deuteronomy 10:18).
Matthew 28:18-20, ESV: 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
How we do justice is essential, so everything we do must be done in love. In 1 Corinthians 13, the apostle Paul details biblical love and how it works practically. Here are 14 questions every Christian desiring to do justice should ask themselves before getting involved in social justice.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
DOING JUSTICE IN LOVE
Love is patient
Does your approach to doing justice promote love that endures through suffering and persecution?
Love is kind
Does your approach to doing justice promote compassionate love for your neighbor, including your enemies?
Love does not envy
Does your approach to doing justice rejoice in the success of others, even those who do not share your culture?
Love does not boast
Is your approach to doing justice dependent on God’s power?
Love is not proud
Is your approach to doing justice submissive to the teachings of Jesus?
Love does not dishonor others
Does your approach to doing justice show honor and respect for others, even those you disagree with?
Love is not self-seeking
Is your approach to doing justice sacrificial?
Love is not easily angered
Does your approach to doing justice require participants to remain poised in turbulent situations?
Love keeps no record of wrongs
Does your approach to doing justice promote forgiveness?
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth
Does your approach to doing justice promote holiness and have a high view of scripture?
Love always protects
Does your approach to doing justice confront oppression and defend the oppressed?
Love always trusts
Does your approach to doing justice give other people the benefit of the doubt?
Love always hopes
Does your approach to doing justice joyfully and confidently trust in God’s salvation?
Love always perseveres
Does your approach to doing justice continue to do good even when circumstances are difficult?
People of color make up:
of our student body
of our staff
of our full-time faculty
Combatting Cultural Sins
Racism, ethnocentrism, and partiality are sins contrary to our Christian values and worldview. And we believe that connection, education, and transformation of one’s heart through the gospel are the tools to fight back against those sins. At LPU, we offer a three-fold approach to helping students develop that cultural competency:
Lectures, panels, book clubs, and field trips that give students the experiential knowledge to understand the history, practices, and infrastructure of various cultures
Social programs, including music and arts performances, entertainment, and other multi-ethnic social festivals and gatherings
Discipleship, mentorship, coaching, and professional development that empowers students to develop holistically, understand, and connect to a variety of cultures and communities.
Code of Conduct
Together, we live, learn, and labor in love for inclusion, justice, and reconciliation.
Our community – in service of God’s plan of redemption for all creation – is guided by our code of conduct: