Part of InterVarsity’s vision is to develop world changers. Our students are going to college to earn degrees in science and business, but they are also learning how to use these skills to serve others for the sake of the kingdom of God. We hosted two events this semester to help them make those connections, and we wanted to share those events with you from the perspective of the students they impacted.
“‘Faith and Business’ was an event InterVarsity at the University of Tampa put on this fall semester. It consisted of a panel of local businessmen and some networking opportunities before and after the panel. Being a senior myself, graduating in May with an International Business and Management degree, naturally I was excited and intrigued by this event. When I was given the opportunity to help plan and market ‘Faith and Business,’ I was eager to finally have a Christian event to invite my many business major friends to. Since I became a leader in Intervarsity my sophomore year, I have always been thinking about my fellow business students and what it would look like to share Jesus with them. Though I have had some conversations about my beliefs and faith with my classmates, it seemed like the business world and Christianity were in constant opposition and experienced much conflict. Though my friends respected my views, I always felt like their response was, ‘That’s just not the reality in the business world.’ This ‘Faith and Business’ event was a real opportunity to invite my friends and to discover with them what it means to combine religion and business, faith and money, ethical responsibility and profit. My eyes were opened to the possibility of for-profit businesses that can operate to serve God and not idolize money. I learned from the businessmen on the panel about how important it is to share their faith courageously with their partners, employees and customers without fear of condemnation or pressure. However, the most exciting and joyful part of the event was the fact that the door for conversation about Jesus with my fellow business classmates was now opened and the space to talk about the role of religion in business was finally made.” –Violetta Remeslova
“I am currently a senior at The University of Tampa studying Marine Biology, and I have been involved in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IV) since the beginning of my freshman year. Recently, one of my IV staff workers organized a small luncheon for Christian science students and a few Christian science professors from the Biology department. It was an encouraging time to share stories and ask/answer questions. The professors wanted to know what it was like to do ministry on campus as students, while students wanted to know what it was like to be a Christian professor at a secular university. I learned about the difficulties they had integrating their job and faith. One professor talked about how following God as a scientist involves asking God for discernment in conversations. He said, ‘Most of the time the arguments just need to be dropped and you just need to love the person.’ As scientists, it is easy to spend our efforts arguing apologetics, and miss the heart of the matter. At the end of the day, people want to live how they want to live; sometimes it has nothing to do with evolution or science, but with obedience, rebellion, and the idea of faith and trusting a God we cannot see.
I know I am called to live in the in between as both a Christian and a science major, because God has given the ministry of reconciliation to his people (1 Corinthians 5:17-21). The gifts God has given me in the science world have enabled me to speak into the lives of countless people I would never have had access to otherwise. God is a good God who loves the science community enough to send me into it; on this journey of studying his creation, I have been blessed to see both, His creation ‘behind the scenes’, as well as share what Jesus has done in my life with amazing people who have never truly heard of the God who loves them.” –Bethany Loya
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