The Development of a Comprehensive Biblical Worldview in Undergraduate Students Who Attend a Regionally Accredited Christian University Located in a Church Setting
Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
C. Fred Smith
Christian Worldview, Christian Undergraduate Students, Gen Z, Christian University, Biblical Theist Worldview, Secular Humanist Worldview
Christianity | Education | Religion
Prince, Nell Ivy, "The Development of a Comprehensive Biblical Worldview in Undergraduate Students Who Attend a Regionally Accredited Christian University Located in a Church Setting" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2527.
The problem this study addresses is that Christian undergraduate Generation Z students at Southeastern University’s Bayside Regional Campus (SEUB) do not have a comprehensive biblical worldview. This was confirmed when a worldview test taken by SEUB students at the beginning of this study revealed that zero students part of this study had a biblical theist worldview, and 15 percent had a moderate Christian worldview. This problem is widespread among universities as a 2018 study from Barna revealed that only 4 percent of Gen Z engaged Christians have a biblical worldview. This study proposes that students who attend a regionally-accredited Christian university that is located in a church should have the optimal opportunity to develop a biblical worldview. From a study of current literature, this study suggests that the Christian university and church can work together to target the minds, hearts, and behavior of students to develop in them a biblical worldview. The minds of SEUB students can be targeted through worldview teaching, hearts by spending time with Christian mentors, and behavior as students spend time serving. These steps resulted in 65 percent of participants moving to a biblical theist or moderate Christian worldview. The most significant finding of this study is that a Christian university in a church is a very compelling and effective strategy for the development of a biblical worldview in Christian undergraduate students. Together they can target the minds, hearts, and behavior of their students.