While many universities and seminaries are formed around the gifts of their faculty, connections to church denominations, or to further a particular systematic theology, BGU was formed as a place to grow in global perspective and application of personal calling. Founded by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism’s Urban Associates network led by Ray Bakke since the 1980s, BGU connected the next generation of leaders who followed those who created urban consultations in over 250 cities over 25 years around the concepts of whole gospel, whole church, whole city and whole person. BGU was formed from a network already located in over 50 nations and has steadily grown in both depth and breadth since then.
BGU’s global network helps faculty, alumni and students be in a lifelong journey of increasing their perspective of God’s amazing works around the world. BGU also helps us all understand the narrowness and focus of our call as God has given us through prayer, community discernment, and
understanding more deeply how our natural gifts and life experiences have shaped our call.
In the 1970’s, a Canadian pastor named Henry Blackaby rose to prominence by creating curriculum around the phrase “Discover where God is working and join Him there”. That is goal of the BGU family.
I often hear “I want to do something significant with my life.” BGU helps you see how huge God’s work is, how small you are in the midst of that, and how amazing it is to pursue exactly what God has called you to . Even if some might say that your work is “insignificant” because it serves the least of the least, what the God of eternity calls us to do is eternally “significant”.