Spiritual Development is a fundamental part of academic life at Pillar College; it is one of the vehicles through which we prepare students for scholarship, service, and leadership. As a College, rooted in Christian faith and love, we believe that spirituality is not peripheral to intellectual growth, but is a foundational aspect of our curricula and essentially contributes to the holistic development of our students. Thus, creating an environment that encourages and enhances spiritual formation is integral to the mission of Pillar College.
Nishanth Thomas is the Director of Spiritual Formation. He can be contacted for information regarding Chapels, Student Activities (Newark Campus), Student Body Referral Resources, Spiritual Advisement, and Pastoral Counseling.
973-803-5000 ext. 1115
Prayer In The Classroom
In the book, With Open Hands, Henri Nouwen states, “Those who live prayerfully are constantly ready to receive the breath of God, and to let their lives be renewed and expanded.” Pillar College believes that a good prayer life serves to strengthen our students’ relationship with Christ, build healthy relationship with others, and helps to prepare the student for academic challenges. In recognition of this fact, Pillar’s faculty begins each class with prayer, so as to encourage the spiritual development, renewal, and expansion of the life of our students.
Pillar College is committed to an educational philosophy that emphasizes integration of learning into a Christian world view. Student Chapel reflects this philosophy in that it incorporates a teaching component along with student-led worship. Chapels include guests who may share about ministries that are significantly relevant to students. Student Chapels are a part of academic life and students are requested to attend.
Chapels are planned and conducted by the Pillar Student Government Association in conjunction with the V.P. of Student Life and the Director of Spiritual Formation.
As a worshiping community, we cherish the opportunity to bask in the presence of God. Thus, Student Chapel Services are designed to give students the opportunity to fellowship with other students, staff, and faculty.
At Chapel, students receive strength, inspiration, encouragement, and insight from the messages focused on empowering students to be positive change agents, challenge them to think critically, and inspire them to intellectual and spiritual growth.