Community and values

Grounded by our faith

Our faith binds us as a community, builds us stronger, and makes us one of the top ranked Christian universities in the USA.

Religion is part of daily life, and you can take part in group worship, teachings and discussions. With 35 religious preferences on campus representing more than 50 countries and almost every U.S. state, Lipscomb helps you to explore your beliefs, deepen your faith and understand others.

Strength as a community

We will give you time to explore and deepen your faith. Inspiration from your peers and course leaders will help you to find direction, gain strength in your beliefs and lead a gracious faith-based life.

At Lipscomb, you’ll never feel lonely. United by our values, our strong community helps to make us who we are. Regular events remind us of this, whether we’re cheering on a Bisons sports team, or coming together in worship.

How we learn with faith

  • Bible class
  • Christian teachers
  • Mentoring
  • Theology degree program
  • Chapel meetings
  • On-campus ministry
  • Residence hall faith activities

Chapel at Lipscomb

Lipscomb’s chapel requirement is very flexible. Students must earn 30 chapel credits per semester. There are 90 opportunities on average to receive chapel credit, and only 30 of them are chapel services. Students can also earn credits by doing community service, attending special events on campus, going on mission trips, and more. So, a student’s personal chapel experience is designed individually depending on his/her preferences. The important thing is that each student must meet the 30 required credits.

  • Chapel exists to provide consistent opportunities for the Lipscomb family to commune with God through prayer, worship, and the study of His Word.
  • Breakout chapels give a more intimate opportunity for students to come together in smaller venues across campus to pursue God. Each Thursday, students can choose between the many opportunities available. These opportunities will be communicated through the weekly Chapel email.
  • The Gathering is a time when our entire campus comes together for worship in Allen Arena on Tuesdays. During this time of communal worship, the message of God is communicated by passionate speakers and through a variety of creative expressions. This large gathering also gives the opportunity for ‘community moments,’ where we recognize notable events and people from the Lipscomb family.

What are Bible classes like?

Bible classes are designed for students to have a space where they can explore and discuss spiritual matters. Taught under the leadership of the College of Bible and Ministry which houses the ATS-accredited Hazelip School of Theology, these classes are intended to enrich your professional choice as a vocation, not just a career.

The Bible is used as text and taught in a historical context for the 3 required courses (Story of the Church, Story of Israel, Story of Jesus). There are an additional 3 required courses that are chosen by the students (apart from a few majors that include a Bible course specific to the major) and therefore a student can decide which topic he/she wishes to explore. There are courses in ethics, spiritual formation, and many others.

Bible classes are required of all students as part of their Lipscomb experience. These are rigorous academic studies, ranging from basic topics in your early college career to classes later in your program that likely relate to your professional choice.

At Lipscomb, you should never feel pressure to change your beliefs or convert to the Christian faith. 


Lipscomb has kept me grounded in my faith

Regional recognition

Ranked #2 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the South Christian Universities Online 2017.

Highly ranked

Ranked 6th in the Nation by Christian Universities Online 2017.

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What Lipscomb students say

International student sits on concrete steps at Lipscomb University

When I look at my faith and how it will play out in my career, I think it's a big thing that I need to include. I will include the moral aspects of it and how it helps me to be a better person. My faith also helps with my wellbeing.

My favourite thing so far at Lipscomb is chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sitting down in chapel with all your friends, just for an hour, and listening to different speakers and different people is a time to sit back, breathe and not worry about classes or studying.  It’s a moment to relax with friends. 

Alex from Jamaica

B.S. Exercise Science