Christian Practice

Christian Practice

The CTL supports PLNU’s Strategic Goals through their second and third goal statements: “An intentionally Christian community” and “Faithfulness to our Nazarene heritage and a Wesleyan theological tradition.” These goals, primarily met by the Wesleyan Center, also align with some of CTL’s work. For example, the Wesleyan Center has facilitated several Faculty Learning Communities on Dr. Smith’s book, Teaching and Christian Practices. In addition, CTL has partnered with the Wesleyan Center to host panel presentations on faculty’s implementation of Christian Practice in the classroom.  The CTL director also participates in the sessions of New Faculty Seminar dedicated to faith in the classroom and also Wesleyan Heritage.

Statue of Jesus Calling Peter to Lay Down His Nets and Follow Christian Practice

Christian Practice

Examples from PLNU faculty who have implemented Christian Practice into their courses / classrooms:

Wesleyan Center Reading Group
Christian Practices Integrated in Our Teaching / Wesleyan Center Reading Group, March 17, 2016

Four faculty members from History, Management, Biology, and Management contributed to this handout on how Christian Practices were implemented in their courses.


Chemistry 103 and 495
Introduction to General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (CHE 103) / Chemistry Senior Capstone Seminar (CHE 495)

Dr. Matthieu Rouffet incorporates Christian Practice into his courses on a regular basis. The attached document is a brief summary on how he does this.


Biology 101
Human Biology and Bioethics Integration of Spiritual Practices (BIO 101)

Dr. Dianne Anderson provides a unique approach to Christian Practice in her biology courses, which often lead to life-changing habits for students. In the attached document, she provides an assignment chart on how she does this.


Spiritual Care Statements
Spiritual Care Assessment / From the Office of Spiritual Development

Dr. Mary Paul, Vice President of the Office of Spiritual Development, provides this resource for faculty to be able to direct students where to reach out for spiritual care.

Stiudents gathering for chapel at PLNU Christian Practice

Chart on Spiritual Disciplines

The Chart on Spiritual Disciplines is taken from Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun.  It offers faculty 43 different spiritual practices to spark ideas that can be used to bring Christian Practice into their courses.

Bible on stand in church Christian Practice

Wesleyan Tradition

To find out more about PLNU’s Wesleyan Tradition, follow the link provided below to the Wesleyan Center’s detailed site.