Living Learning Floors

The Living Learning Floors at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Trinity Graduate School exist to assist students in the integration of theological reflection with practical application that meets needs for both personal growth and ministry engagement in a residential living community.

We believe that the best opportunity to learn and grow holistically occurs when theological reflection, personal development and experiential learning meet. Combining the elements of classroom learning, living experiences and a caring community, the Living Learning Floors create an intentional environment designed to engage ideas, become bravely introspective and reflective, and build into one another and the larger Trinity community.


Spiritual Formation Floor

The Spiritual Formation Floor relies upon Scripture, the Holy Spirit and authentic community to develop spiritual disciplines and formation principles that would equip students for sustainable and Christ-centered spirituality.

Location: The Spiritual Formation Floor is located in the Owen’s 800 Residence Hall.

Goals: 

  • To develop frameworks for the engagement of the whole self in the spiritual formation process.
  • To engage spiritual disciplines and formation principles from past and present generations of the Church.
  • To integrate the practice of both personal reflection and outward engagement as the Christian lifestyle.

Cost: Current housing rates

Community Involvement: Residents on the Spiritual Formation Floor meet weekly to share and pray together as well as reflect on Scripture and spiritual formation materials. A high value is placed on the ability of the community to carefully reflect on one’s own formation process.

Community Benefits:

  • Up to 2 Field Ed Credits
  • Mentoring
  • Membership in a close-knit community
  • Practical engagement with classroom content
  • Life in a dynamic environment
  • Dialogue partners who facilitate thoughtful integration of ideas and practical living
  • Life-long ministry partnerships and relationships

Community Commitments:

  • Participation at the weekly floor meeting
  • Participation in a local ministry either on or off campus
  • Attending a single day retreat

Recommended courses

Students participating in the Spiritual Formation Floor are highly recommended to consider registering for one of the following courses:

  • EM 5510 Christian Formation and Journey
  • ST 7070 Models of Sanctification

Compassion & Justice Floor

The Compassion & Justice Learning Floor relies on meditating on Scripture, prayer and dialogue to equip residents to develop a Biblical framework for engaging societal and structural injustices inherent in a fallen world. Learning on this floor is practiced through theological reflection and service within the Body of Christ on and off campus, with the consistent goal of cultural engagement to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.

Location: The Compassion & Justice Floor is located in the Owen’s 800 Residence Hall.

Goals

  • To critically reflect on pre-existing attitudes and assumptions about social justice.
  •  To develop and strengthen Biblical paradigms for the analysis and engagement of issues of justice in the local and global church, for the transformation of society.
  •  To develop greater awareness of the role of globalization and the whole Church in confronting injustice.
  •  To serve local, under-resources neighborhoods through community partnerships and TIU initiatives.

Cost: Current housing rates

Community Involvement

Residents on the Compassion & Justice Floor meet weekly on Wednesdays from 11:00AM-12:20PM as part of the Mosaic Gathering with fellow students, faculty, and community members. Substantial reflection and growth develops from informal gatherings that residents often create both on the floor and within the wider TIU community.

Community Benefits:

  • Up to 2 Field Ed Credits
  • Mentoring
  • Membership in a close-knit community
  • Practical engagement with classroom content
  • Life in a dynamic environment
  • Dialogue partners who facilitate thoughtful integration of ideas and practical living
  • Life-long ministry partnerships and relationships

Community Commitments:

  • Participation at the weekly floor meeting
  •  Participation in a local ministry either on or off campus
  •  Attending a single day retreat

Recommended Courses

Students participating in the Compassion & Justice Floor are highly recommended to consider registering for one of the following courses:

  • PT 7860 | Social and Cultural Exegesis
  • CO 7900 | Multicultural Counseling
  • ME 6760 | Theology of Mission & Evangelism

Additionally, students interested in this floor might also be interested in the MDiv emphasis in Compassion & Justice.


Apply Now

If you are already a student, or are accepted for the upcoming academic year,  apply now!

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Living Learning Floors, please feel free to contact us:

Assistant Resident Director Claire Ndethiu | zcndethi@tiu.edu
Resident Director Brett Mitchell | bamitche@tiu.edu