Why Do We Care About People?
The social work program at Asbury University prepares graduates to minister to the hurting in secular agencies and in Christian ministries. In fact it is impossible to separate "the secular and the sacred." All places Christian social workers are employed become sacred places as we minister because of Christ. When He stood and read from the scrolls in the temple at the beginning of His earthly ministry, Christ said, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives." This means that we do not labor in any place simply through human means. We expect Him to strengthen us and to cause us to be far more observant of the causes of pain and suffering and to be more compassionate towards our clients. We are not "do-gooders" who are out to "rescue" mankind. We are people filled with empathy and respect for the dignity of our clients.
How Can We Prove Our Respect For the Dignity of All Persons?
Asbury University graduates, including social workers and sociologists, are demonstrating their unconditional love for everyone by living among the "marginalized" in society throughout the world. Chris lived and worked alongside Mother Theresa in caring for the dying in India. Now he and Phileena direct an agency working "with the poorest of the poor" in inner cities in India, Nepal, Romania, Peru, and Brazil. Silas and Kim live among the poor in Katmandu, Nepal. They share a house with a poor family with whom they have become intimate friends. Kim has a degree in social work from Asbury University. Amy and Dave live in South Africa, where they have made friends with homeless children. They have befriended many children addicted to glue sniffing and living a life of crime. Amy is a graduate in social work from Asbury University. Amy gave up a very fruitful ministry in Child Protective Services for a life among the poor and desperate. Put simply, our graduates are proving their love and commitment to all humanity by living among the poor, racial minorities, disabled, etc., in American cities and throughout the world. We have a high view of all humanity and are available to live among and minister to all people wherever they may be.
How Do We Equip Our Students?
To accomplish this big task, we have classes, including practical work, that equip students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work with all people. Examine the sociology and social work courses, and you will see that we teach students knowledge of human growth and development, research, counseling, ethics, problem-solving, clients of all sizes to include individuals, families, small groups, organizations and communities, racial minorities, gays and lesbians, urban and rural culture, aging, child welfare, income maintenance, marriage, family life education, social welfare policy, administration, crime and corrections, intercultural relations, social theory, and social and medical issues in social work and sociology. We require all social work students to work with clients two semesters under the supervision of professionals. We take students to inner city Chicago and to Yucatan, Mexico that they might experience cultures vastly different from their own.
Do We Have Quality Faculty?
Each faculty member has one or more earned degrees from prestigious graduate schools in social work or sociology. Peruse the faculty page of this website, and you will gain an appreciation of their academic credentials. They have more than 102 years professional experience in social work and sociology. They have lived in five countries for more than one year and have traveled in more than sixty countries. But they are fresh and vital in their interests and are currently conducting original exciting research.