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The Most Important “Why” in Choosing a College

Luke Criss Learning, Purpose, Transfer

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a college, and one of the most important is something you may not know to look for. It’s why I chose University of Mobile.

University of Mobile is not your typical college. UM has deep convictions and a strong foundation that set it apart. As a high school student considering what college to choose, you may think that convictions and foundation may not matter to you now, but those are two things that drastically affect the mission of those in leadership and the message that they send to students.

The mission and message of the leadership at University of Mobile is clearly gospel-centered in every area. Some claim accolades on a football field, but we claim a distinctly biblical worldview – and that is what matters in light of eternity.

In my years here, I have noticed that faculty and staff are focused on more than simply academics. An example of this in my own experience has been with my professors who not only prepare us academically, but also care deeply about our walk with the Lord and that we exhibit faithfulness in every area of life.

The gospel and its implications are what drive the faculty and staff here, and their distantly Christian worldview is evident in how they care for their students.

In any establishment that claims to have a Christian worldview, the first question to ask is: Are they gospel-centered above all else? For me, the evidence is clear for University of Mobile, and everyone who gets to be a part of this university is blessed because of it.

Students that go through this school will make an impact in the world through their counter-cultural views that were strengthened or even established at University of Mobile. A.W. Tozer describes how the Church effects change in the world, and I think his words are applicable to those who choose this school based on its distinctly Christian values. He states,

The Church’s power over the world springs out of her unlikeness to it, never from her integration to it.”  – A. W. Tozer

Gospel-centered leadership matters for so many reasons, but the most basic is that what we do with the gospel affects every facet of our life. The leadership here at UM is saturated with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and it drives everything they do and every decision they make.

It’s just different here. That’s why I chose University of Mobile.

About the Author
Luke Criss

Luke Criss

Luke Criss is a senior at University of Mobile. He will graduate in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in theological studies with a concentration in church ministry and a graphic design minor. He is currently the student pastor at Stave Creek Baptist church in Jackson, Alabama. His passions include serving in the church and making people laugh in any circumstance. He enjoys golf on the weekends and listening to Chris Stapleton any time in between.