We are a national network of graduate and professional students striving to integrate their faith and academics. We exist as local organizations on over 25 university campuses, meeting regularly for study and prayer.
We are missional organizations reaching out to the university community and approaching our academics through the lens of Truth. We assemble on our campuses to encourage each other and impact the academy as thinking and informed followers of Christ.
Starting with a study, then a vision.
A Revealing Study
In 1989, Barna Research Group was hired to conduct a national study on the needs and struggles of graduate students. The results were stunning: grads were found to be leaders, focused, and high-achievers. However, they were also found to be isolated, stressed and skeptical about the relevance of spiritual issues in life.
They had little balance in life but they were thought-driven individuals who valued relationships and intellectual discussions. As a result of this study, Grad Resources was constituted as a faith-based service organization to address the needs of graduate students.
Serving Graduate Students
Through the years, Grad Resources has begun offering articles, online resources, and online mentoring for graduate students through our website. We also promote the National Grad Crisis Line, managed by the Kristin Brooks Hope Center, which provides free, confidential support for any student who may be in a time of high stress or despair.
Our on-campus seminars offer tips on time management and finding balance in life. All of these services are provided free of charge and offered to anyone in need of them.
From its conception, Grad Resources has operated with the conviction that spiritual health is significant to an individual’s overall well-being. As a Christian organization, we have and continue to offer our services free of charge to any individual, regardless of his or her religious affiliation.
However, the organization began developing and expanding transformational Christian community groups in 1998 where graduate students could safely discuss the role of faith in their academic pursuits.
Our Current Position
Today, Grad Resources is active and thriving, expanding our tools to address the struggles of graduate students and providing supportive faith-based communities. The National Grad Crisis Line continues to receive calls every month from graduate students looking for emotional support. Our advice and counsel continue to be requested by dean’s offices and press outlets while students readily consult our online resources.
In August 2012, Grad Resources rebranded its Christian community groups, naming them The Fellowship of Christian Grads. Today, we are now active and developing on 25 campuses throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
More than just a meeting
The Fellowship of Christian Grads is more than Christians gathering in community for the sake of gathering. We are missional organizations reaching out to the university community and approaching our academics through the lens of Truth. We assemble on our campuses to encourage each other and impact the academy as thinking and informed followers of Christ. In order to accomplish this goal, we adhere to four central distinctives that define the way we operate.
Throughout Scripture, we find that community is the avenue in which God works. Whether it is the Old Testament Israelites or the New Testament Church, God is at work in the gathering of his followers. While the Fellowship of Christians Grads is not a substitute for regular church involvement, only fellow graduate students understand the pressures of the grad life. The community found in our Fellowships is very specific in nature and designed to address the stresses that accompany graduate school. You will find support, encouragement, and accountability here.
Faith and Academics
Integration is a word you will hear often in our local Fellowships. Our desire is to see all Christian graduate students integrate their faith into their academic pursuits along with all other areas of life. Your research and future profession can become an open door for worship and ministry. As a graduate student, you are blessed with a powerful opportunity to influence the most brilliant minds of our day. In our meetings, you’ll learn how to creatively approach your studies as a place of service.
In an effort to reach beyond the local Fellowships, we plan various outreach events each semester. These events include lectures from well-known professors, time management seminars, and graduate student panels. We have had the privilege of seeing hundreds of students gather at a time to hear powerful apologetic lectures. We also regularly promote the other offerings and services from Grad Resources.
In addition to our weekly meetings, we are dedicated to seeing Christian graduate students develop habits that promote growth in their spiritual lives. You’ll learn how to develop a personal Bible study, cultivate a transformational prayer life, and minister to the world around you.
Where we’re coming from
We are broad embracing, inviting anyone who wishes to dialog about the role of faith in academics to become a part of the discussion. However, it is good to know where we are coming from and what we believe.
There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality. God is the creator and sustainer of all things
The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible as given in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that the Bible is the ultimate authority in all matters on which it speaks, was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and is inerrant in the original manuscripts.
Jesus Christ is fully God who also became fully human through being miraculous conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all mankind by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in him alone, the only mediator between God and mankind. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, and then ascended bodily into heaven where he now sits in authority at the right hand of God the Father. He is the head of the church, his Body, which is composed of all believers living and dead and He will come again to the earth to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
Mankind was originally created in the image of God. They sinned by disobeying God; thus, they were alienated from their Creator and placed all humanity under divine condemnation. Every person is by nature corrupted, and thus is totally unable to please God and in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit through salvation which is wholly a work of God’s free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes his righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justified them in his sight. It is the privilege of all who are born again to receive the indwelling Spirit as a guarantee of salvation which assures them their status as children of God from that very moment.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to all. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually and fully indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and control are accessed in the believer’s life by faith. Every believer is called to live so in the power of the indwelling Spirit that they will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God.
Jesus Christ will return and resurrect the body of all people to an eternal state where believers will be in conscious fellowship with the Lord to everlasting glory and blessing while the unbelievers will be in conscious separation from the Lord to everlasting judgment and condemnation.
God admonishes his people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual encouragement to live out as their sole ambition the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple people of every nation.