Follow Christ, Lead the Way
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Ohio Christian University is a blessed community of leaders who are impacting the world. How does OCU and the church impact society today? The answer to this complex question is not man-made yet involves all of us!

For the church to impact society, there must be a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit, which radically changes men and women’s hearts toward God. From the prophet Isaiah to Saul on the road to Damascus, the Lord uses transformative experiences to inspire spiritual leaders.

These leaders challenge entire generations to action.

In Isaiah 6, Isaiah experienced a powerful vision of the Lord, which moved him from “Woe is me!” to “Here am I! Send me!” And in Acts 9, Saul goes from a saint killer to a sinner saved by grace!

Over the centuries God has used His Holy Spirit to revitalize entire generations. These generations have acted in His name to influence the world.

Ohio Christian University is committed to molding generations of students into world changing disciples for Christ. Disciples multiply! In China, the average church of 50 produces 500 converts. The American Church was known in its early days for making disciples, but we have entered a season of darkness and desperately need this generation to sense the Holy Spirit and be moved to action and influence our nation.

What brings about action in a Church? Generational action begins when we open our eyes to needs (Mark 3:5), remove our selfish motivations from the equation, and surrender to Christ. This is only accomplished by the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, which motivates us to go on the offensive as Joshua did saying, “Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day” (Joshua 14:11).

What is God calling you to do in your community? First ask yourself, “What has God given me as a giftedness?” Then ask, “What steps am I taking to further His Kingdom?” Then go and use your God-given talents to evangelize and bring people to Christ. A mature church equips its people to handle the challenge of evangelism. When generational action becomes the focus, mountains are moved. That’s why OCU is committed to preparing students to be people of action in their churches and communities. Ohio Christian University has molded entire generations of mountain movers.

Here are a few questions for your church:

  • Who is serving your community’s children with tutoring and reading them the Word?
  • Who is visiting the prisons?
  • Who is supporting the widows?
  • Who is building homes for the homeless?
  • Who is feeding the poor?
  • Who is loving the AIDS victim?
  • Who is saving babies from abortion by assisting a crisis pregnancy center?
  • Who is reaching the drug addict?
  • Who is doing all of the above so that the lost may come to Jesus?

A true leader changes that world by calling generations to action. It’s time to rise up, Church, and act. God is moving in our midst. Be strong and courageous for the Lord our God is with you wherever you go!

 

Articles of Interest

Dr. Caleb Friedeman Publishes Major Reference Work

Published: April 1, 2021

Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Caleb Friedeman, David A. Case Chair of Theology and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, has published A Scripture Index to Rabbinic Literature(ASIRL) with Hendrickson Academic. This volume is a comprehensive Scripture index to classical rabbinic literature in English that contains approximately 90,000 entries and represents over 2,500 hours of work by a seven-person team over the course of two and a half years. In addition to the work of the editorial team, a group of OCU staff and students assisted in
Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Caleb Friedeman, David A. Case Chair of Theology and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, has published A Scripture Index to Rabbinic Literature(ASIRL) with Hendrickson Academic. This volume is a comprehensive Scripture index to classical rabbinic literature in English that contains approximately 90,000 entries and
Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Caleb Friedeman, David A. Case Chair of Theology and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, has published A Scripture Index
Students Serve Alongside WGM in Uganda image

Students Serve Alongside WGM in Uganda

Students Serve Alongside WGM in Uganda image

Published: October 16, 2019

At the end of May, a team from Ohio Christian University traveled to Uganda to serve alongside World Gospel Mission missionaries already working in the area. This trip would best be described as a vision trip rather than the typical mission work some may think of. The team got to see many different ministries the missionaries are working with as well as support them through fellowship and prayer. During the two weeks the team was abroad, they worked with a wide range of ministries, one of which is known as the Dignity project, providing women and girls with reusable feminine products
At the end of May, a team from Ohio Christian University traveled to Uganda to serve alongside World Gospel Mission missionaries already working in the area. This trip would best be described as a vision trip rather than the typical mission work some may think of. The team got to see many different ministries the missionaries are working with as well as support them through fellowship and
At the end of May, a team from Ohio Christian University traveled to Uganda to serve alongside World Gospel Mission missionaries already working in the area. This trip would best be described as a
Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Published: October 16, 2019

Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must first stop self-identifying as a sinner saved by grace. “If you continue to call yourself a sinner,” he said, “you’re going to keep acting like one.” Next, one must stop relying on their own actions
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of
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Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Published: July 29, 2019

Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian Center Lead Pastor Perry Payne. Each day of camp kicked off with a student led devotional going over the Beatitudes of Jesus followed by real life breakout sessions. After lunch, students
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide

Archived Articles of Interest

More than 700 OCU Students Pay It Forward image

More than 700 OCU Students Pay It Forward

More than 700 OCU Students Pay It Forward image

Published: October 15, 2015

More than 700 Ohio Christian University students paid it forward by serving the local church and community last week during OCU’s annual Church Service Day. Student teams assisted with landscaping, painting, cleaning, organizing, and general maintenance projects at 44 locations in Pickaway County and the surrounding areas including the Ted Lewis Museum, the Pickaway County Welcome Center, Crossroads Church, First Baptist Church, and Heritage Nazarene Church.  At Ohio Christian University, we make paying it forward to the community a priority. The local church and community has been
More than 700 Ohio Christian University students paid it forward by serving the local church and community last week during OCU’s annual Church Service Day. Student teams assisted with landscaping, painting, cleaning, organizing, and general maintenance projects at 44 locations in Pickaway County and the surrounding areas including the Ted Lewis Museum, the Pickaway County Welcome Center,
More than 700 Ohio Christian University students paid it forward by serving the local church and community last week during OCU’s annual Church Service Day. Student teams assisted with landscaping
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Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr. Speaks at OCU Event

Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr. Speaks at OCU Event image

Published: August 26, 2015

Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr. Speaks at OCU Dr. Walter Kaiser, world-renowned Old Testament scholar, was the guest lecturer at Ohio Christian University’s Religion Faculty Retreat that took place August 18, 2015, in the Maxwell Library. Dr. Kaiser shared his view on how a Christian university functions in tandem with the Gospel saying, “I’ve endorsed the concept of a Christian university because I’ve been all my life in education, and I sense that that’s a great mission to put the whole concept of Christianity [into practice.] Yet, it focuses in on a “uni”-versity — a one song —so
Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr. Speaks at OCU Dr. Walter Kaiser, world-renowned Old Testament scholar, was the guest lecturer at Ohio Christian University’s Religion Faculty Retreat that took place August 18, 2015, in the Maxwell Library. Dr. Kaiser shared his view on how a Christian university functions in tandem with the Gospel saying, “I’ve endorsed the concept of a Christian university
Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr. Speaks at OCU Dr. Walter Kaiser, world-renowned Old Testament scholar, was the guest lecturer at Ohio Christian University’s Religion Faculty Retreat that took place
More Than a Job image

More Than a Job

More Than a Job image

Published: July 9, 2015

With the economic state of the United States as is, it would be an understatement to say that a majority of the populace is intently focused on securing employment. As an adult, it is a crucial part of being responsible. However, in adapting to the daily routine of work and family, we can often get trapped in an obligatory mindset, only thinking of our job as a means to an end.Marilyn McFarlin, a full-time foster parent and babysitter from Pennsylvania, had initially begun her career with this mindset. She loved serving young kids and found it fulfilling; however, she recognized the
With the economic state of the United States as is, it would be an understatement to say that a majority of the populace is intently focused on securing employment. As an adult, it is a crucial part of being responsible. However, in adapting to the daily routine of work and family, we can often get trapped in an obligatory mindset, only thinking of our job as a means to an end.Marilyn
With the economic state of the United States as is, it would be an understatement to say that a majority of the populace is intently focused on securing employment. As an adult, it is a crucial
Not Done Yet: Continuing the Lord’s work in Papua New Guinea image

Not Done Yet: Continuing the Lord’s work in Papua New Guinea

Not Done Yet: Continuing the Lord’s work in Papua New Guinea image

Published: June 29, 2015

A Google search of  “Papua New Guinea” brings up countless images of indigenous people in in traditional dress; articles about cannibalism, sorcery, and sexism; and an undeniable sense of other, foreign, and different. Mountainous, fertile, forested, landscapes dotted with villages highlight how vastly different this island nation is from its more industrial counterparts. According to Dr. David Lattimer, PNG is “the kind of place that if you ever visit, you won’t ever forget.”It would be easy to abandon such an isolated nation to its own devices, allow it to continue down a path of
A Google search of  “Papua New Guinea” brings up countless images of indigenous people in in traditional dress; articles about cannibalism, sorcery, and sexism; and an undeniable sense of other, foreign, and different. Mountainous, fertile, forested, landscapes dotted with villages highlight how vastly different this island nation is from its more industrial counterparts. According to Dr.
A Google search of  “Papua New Guinea” brings up countless images of indigenous people in in traditional dress; articles about cannibalism, sorcery, and sexism; and an undeniable sense of other,
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OCU Teacher Education Student With a Passion for Missions

OCU Teacher Education Student With a Passion for Missions image

Published: May 14, 2015

Ohio Christian University Sophomore and Early Childhood Education major Allyson Jones has grown up being involved in ministry.  Her family has always served together, whether in pastoring or missions work.  Her dad is the President of GO International giving her the chance to travel to Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad.  This year she will be returning to Trinidad with a team of OCU Students over Spring Break and will be going to Costa Rica in May.   “I absolutely love what our family does,” said Allyson. “I get to meet so many amazing people through
Ohio Christian University Sophomore and Early Childhood Education major Allyson Jones has grown up being involved in ministry.  Her family has always served together, whether in pastoring or missions work.  Her dad is the President of GO International giving her the chance to travel to Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad.  This year she will be returning to
Ohio Christian University Sophomore and Early Childhood Education major Allyson Jones has grown up being involved in ministry.  Her family has always served together, whether in pastoring or