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SWU Giving Tuesday 2022


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“God has called SWU to be a holy university specially set apart by God as a stronghold and an oasis for the intellectual and spiritual maturing of our students.”  - Dr. William Barker (Oct. 2022)

In this new season at Southern Wesleyan under President Barker, there has never been a better time to invest. By participating in GivingTuesday, you will make a meaningful difference in the lives and futures of students.

Our goal is $45,000. To reach that goal, a lead donor has offered a matching challenge that will double the impact of the first $10,000 given this year toward our goal to support SWU student scholarships, our general scholarship fund. Don’t leave any money on the table. Click on the blue “DONATE NOW” tab now!

At Dr. Barker’s inauguration in October, he shared his vision for SWU to be a holy university, specially set aside by God as a stronghold and an oasis for the intellectual and spiritual maturing of our students. 

That vision requires us to seek God’s blessing and firmly commit to four foundational elements:

  • Biblical Faithfulness – Regardless of the blowing winds of society’s cultural trends and secular philosophies, faithfulness to God’s Word must be the foundation, the center, and the goal of all Christian higher education. At SWU this means both allegiance to God and submission to Scripture.
  • Academic Rigor – We pursue wisdom that begins with the fear of the LORD (e.g., Prov. 9:1). We teach our students to think critically and also Christianly. Rigor means that regardless of ability, we come alongside students and challenge them to love God with all their mind.
  • Vocational Effectiveness – We graduate students who succeed in the workplace and graduate school. We equip them in the classroom, through on- and off-campus experiences, mentoring, and internships. More than 90% of SWU graduates express satisfaction in their vocational and educational preparation over five, ten, and fifteen years.
  • Financial Sustainability – Too many students face insurmountable college debt.  A SWU education must be affordable for students and sustainable for our university in the long-term.

Learn more about Dr. Barker’s vision for SWU in the videos below!


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Check out these Giving Tuesday videos celebrating SWU’s four foundational principles lived out in our community:



In case you missed it, listen to Dr. Barker’s full Inauguration Address and his President’s Gala Update on our SWU Soul Stories Podcast to go deeper:

SWU is committed to graduating students who love Jesus, who think critically, who are employable and who are not suffering in massive debt.  Will you join us in the important commitment?

You can make your gift anytime between now and midnight on Tuesday - November 29th!  Click the blue “DONATE NOW” button to make your gift today!


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