I recently read Paul Gould’s The Outrageous Idea of the Missional Professor. I am not a part of his primary audience, although as a sessional lecturer at a Christian university (Tyndale University College), I am a part of his secondary audience. Gould is specifically writing for Christian professors in secular universities.
Gould is right on target when it comes to the influence universities have on each generation. While much work is done in discipling the students, there is a need to equip Christian professors. If Christian professors can have the courage to be a Christian witness where God has placed them, there could be a huge impact.
As a teacher as a school where the students are almost all Christian, I was still challenged on how I present my faith. Every Christian teacher can be more missional in how they perform in their career.
I know of Christian universities that are focused on getting Christians into philosophy departments in secular schools. That is great, but we also need Christians teaching geography, history, English, business and so on. Gould does a fantastic job of helping professors situate themselves in terms of their faith and their job. He writes in a way that connects with where professors are at. He challenges professors to see their role, not just as academics seeking the next publication, but as missional-minded Christians seeking to be an effective witness on the secular campus.
If you know a Christian who is a university professor, you need to tell them about The Outrageous Idea of the Missional Professor.