The Impact Movement equips Black students to become disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Impact Movement envisions each community of African descent fulfilling its destiny as a reflection of the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.
- Our ancestor’s suffering is not a cosmic accident (i.e. the Joseph story).
- In African American and African cultures, the gospel has been that which provides the best context to endure difficulties, clarify values and provide the moral framework required to build a prosperous community.
- Cultures of African descent around the world have made a rich contribution to the body of Christ globally.
- When Children of slavery and colonialism rise to prominence, God is glorified.
- God’s ability to take pain and bring glory to Himself illustrates His power to redeem broken things of this world and give them health and fruitfulness.
Biblical IQ: Impact invites students to become astute learners and teachers of the Scriptures growing deeper and wider knowledge of the text through reading, studying and meditating. Students will engage the biblical text with responsible observation, interpretation and application to their lives. 1 Tim 2:16-18, Psalm 119.
Community: We encourage students to live their lives within the context of a group of people that leads to intentional, transparent, honest, and loving relationships that reveal the very nature of God to one another and the world. The local church plays a critical role in providing and nurturing these relationships. Impact stands in partnership with and in specific dependence on the church. We are of the church, from the church, and desire to help build and strengthen the church in its dynamic witness to our community, the broader society, and the world. John 13:35.
Discipleship: Impact invites students to become followers of Christ through surrendering their lives to Jesus’ Lordship. We train mature believers to invest in relationships with inexperienced believers to help them walk with Jesus for a lifetime. Matt 28:18-20, II Tim 2:1-2, I Thess. 2:8-12.
Evangelism: Impact equips students to confidently share their faith in Jesus Christ with others by the power of the Holy Spirit, leaving the outcomes to God. Matt 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, I Cor. 15:1-4.
Ethnic Identity: God is sovereign (all-powerful and purposeful) and made humanity uniquely and intentionally to display the Lord’s power and glory. We are made in God’s image and therefore God values our ethnicity. Students, thus, should embrace their Christian and ethnic identities, using both to God’s glory. Jeremiah 1:5; Psalms 139:13-15.
Holiness: God calls believers to be holy, set apart to be Godly in character and conduct because we live according to God’s Word by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a continuous process that starts when we begin our relationship with God and continues until we see God face to face. 2 Tim 1:9; 1 Pet 1:15b-16; Heb 12:14.
Justice: Seeking justice is seeking to value, hold as worthy and treat with dignity every human being as made in the image of God. Therefore each is equally valuable, worthy of life and to be treated with dignity. When a group or an individual is wronged or oppressed it is our responsibility as disciples of Christ to advocate for the righteous treatment of their humanity. Micah 6:8, Psalms 82: 3-4.
Missions: Impact invites students to take the good news of Jesus Christ, through word and actions, to those who haven’t heard; locally, nationally and globally. Acts 1:8, Matt 24:14.
Prayer: Prayer is an intimate (speaking and listening) conversation with God, through which God and the believer engage in relationship, individually and corporately. Philippians 4:4-7; Colossians 1:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.
Stewardship: Our life and lifestyle are not our own but God’s. We live as managers of resources (time, relationships, talents, education, career, gifts, money, etc), understanding that we will account for utilizing all God has entrusted to us for the Lord’s glory and the benefit of others. Acts 4:32-37, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.