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All registered students are members of the Student Association. The
purpose of the student government is to promote Christian fellowship
among students and to advance the kingdom of God and the mission of
Oikos University. Activities of the Association are supported through
a student fee and individual gifts. The officers of the Association—
President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer—are elected
annually by the members.
The Student Council consists of three representatives from each class
plus the student body president. These students serve as a “sounding
board” for the administration regarding policies that affect the students.
They are also responsible for planning certain student activities such as
clubs and social events.
Student-led worship teams are responsible for planning and leading
music and other creative arts during the chapel services. If you are
musically talented, you may be asked to share a vocal or instrumental
special during these services. Student-led media teams oversee audio
and video equipment for chapel services and special events. If you are
interested in serving in one of these areas and would like to receive
training, contact the Dean of Students.
It isn’t surprising that, at a college dedicated to training for ministry,
many student activities result from students engaging in ministry.
As a student at Oikos, you are required to participate in a ministry,
typically through your local church. Student ministry is much more than
a requirement—it is the heartbeat of men and women who are ready
to give their lives to serving the Lord, His Church, and the world.
While engaging in ministry, you will also enjoy fellowship and develop
friendships that may last a lifetime.
At least once annually, a special series of chapel services is planned
for ministry emphasis. The speakers are men and women of God who
exemplify Christian leadership in the Church and/or the world.
Throughout the book of Acts we read how God visits His people when
they gather together for times of prayer, praise, and worship. Our
doctrine calls on us to “identify ourselves with the visible Body of
Christ.” We interpret this call to mean that each member of the Oikos
community should participate regularly in the life of a local church.
We assemble together in local congregations to allow the Word to
work in us with authority and mutual accountability. We do this so that
the gifts can work in and through us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We gather as well, to fellowship among God’s people, who are the
true temple of God by His Spirit. New students are required to visit
several churches in the local area prior to selecting a “home church.”
We believe it is important for students to attend their home church
consistently. Students who absent themselves from church services
without legitimate excuse communicate that they are not in accord with
the purposes of the university.
As part of his or her spiritual development, each student is expected
to regularly participate in a small group. These groups provide
an opportunity for Bible study, fellowship, and accountability.
Many students meet in a small group provided through their
church; others participate in various groups that meet on campus.
All members of the Oikos community (administrators, faculty
members, staff, and students) are encouraged to maintain a rich, daily
devotional life. Times alone with God in Bible study, meditation,
prayer, fasting, and praise are invaluable in forming the character of
Jesus and in receiving the empowerment of the Spirit. In addition to
private devotions, it is not unusual for students to meet regularly with
other members of the campus community for special times together in