The Vernon Grounds Institute of Public Ethics provides environments and resources to educate, facilitate and train Seminary students, members of Christian leadership and the Christian community as a whole in the area of social ethics. Its aim is to empower Christians to fulfill the biblical injunction to be "salt and light" and to "shine like stars" in a dark and depraved world (Matthew 5, Philippians 2:14,15). The Institute endeavors to partner and network with other, like-minded institutions, agencies and organizations on the national and global scene which are concerned about a comprehensive, cutting edge and robust evangelical witness to the public square.
2017-2018 Theme: Church and State: Power, Politics, and Christian Faith
This year's event with the Vernon Grounds Institute will explore important questions surrounding the issues of church and state, power, politics, and Christian faith. Topics considered will be reading the Bible with emotional intelligence in the current political climate, being agents of the gospel, and Christian faith in a polarized world. This event will engage these questions in a different manner with perspectives and tools for considering this important issue.
Kent Mathews Lectureship
This year’s program is a 2-day event featuring lecture speakers Dr. Knut Heim, Professor of Old Testament, Denver Seminary and Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals. The Kent Mathews presentation will be made during the Seminary’s chapel services on October 2-3, 2017, starting at 11:00 am.
Dr. Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and Pastor at Calvario City Church in Orlando, Florida, will be speaking at this year's Rally for the Common Good. The topic will be "Engaging the Present Climate: Martin Luther King, Benedict, or William Wilberforce?" The event will take place on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
Salt & Light Seminar
Salt & Light is an annual seminar hosted by the Vernon Grounds Institute of Public Ethics. The purpose of the seminar is to offer a collective learning experience designed to empower and inspire participants to steward the resources that God has given them for maximum impact in the world. Those who attend the event will have the opportunity to interact with leaders in their fields, enjoy a catered lunch, and receive the monograph series published by the Vernon Grounds Institute.