Spiritual Life

By being a student at Regional Christian University students agree to happily and willingly participate in all activities geared toward enhancing one’s spiritual life. A student may not flaunt an unwillingness to pray, read the Bible or engage in worship while at our school, nor try to induce other students to demonstrate similar attitudes.  
Each student is expected to exhibit the following attributes (inside and outside of the classroom):

Love

1 John 3:11- “For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”

Edification

Romans 15:1-2-”Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.”

Bearing One Another's Burdens

Galatians 6:2-“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”

Speaking the Truth in Love

Ephesians 4:15-“But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ.”

Responsibility to Other Believers

1 Corinthians 8:9-“But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”

Restoration and Restitution

Galatians 6:1-“Bretheren even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.”
A healthy spiritual life is a daily responsibility and privilege. The spiritual life of a student affects the spiritual life of the total body. Every student is encouraged to give special attention to the following:

Daily prayer and regular Bible study
Development of mature relationships with other believers
Maintenance of a positive attitude
Encouraging and edifying one another in the love of Christ

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Chapel

A Chapel Day is held each week in the main sanctuary of the Institute. This is a time of spiritual uplifting and an opportunity to renew our commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Students are able to participate in the service as well as hear other visiting speakers from time to time.

June & Howard Carr Garden of Prayer

The June & Howard Carr Garden of Prayer provides a special place to get away and be alone with God, while enjoying the beauty of the plants and flowers. Students are able to utilize this special prayer garden on a daily basis, or even during the hours of the early evening.

Evangelistic Programs

There is a diversity of programs in which students are encouraged to participate, including the Institute choir, drama, pantomime ministry, children’s ministries, music programs (piano, guitar, mandolin, violin, and drums), tambourine and choreography, and others.

Local Church Ministry

Students are encouraged to participate in monthly local Church ministry programs. There are several ministry groupings in which a student may contribute his or her skills, talents, and anointing, such as playing musical instruments, singing, drama, preaching, and prayer. A student may sign up to go out in such ministry groupings on a monthly or weekly basis.

Summer Missions

Every year, in June, the Regional Christian University sponsors a summer missions program for credit. All students who come on scholarship are required to participate. This is an opportunity to give back a little of what the Lord has given as they share with people in needy areas on both sides of the border. Students are able to keep in touch with the needs in Mexico even as they pursue their studies here at the Institute. During the month of missions, activities include going out in groups to serve churches and pastors. It is also customary to travel as an entire school to churches both in Texas and elsewhere in the north to conduct presentations of the Gospel in the unique manner of the Regional Christian University students. Students share their ministry of preaching, teaching, music, pantomime, and prayer. It is always a blessing to the churches.

Practicum Experience

The RBI Christian Academy is, in effect, a lab school for the Christian education program of Regional Christian Universitya. Education students can fulfill their internship requirements at the RBI Christian Academy.

The local church, Centro de Oración (Center of Prayer), is the locale for fulfillment of ministerial practicum experience for theological and ministerial students. The students may also fulfill ministerial practicum experience at their own church, or at any other evangelical church affiliated with the work of the College.

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The Edinburg Conservatory (Fine Arts Piano Program)

All students of Regional Christian University and RBI Christian Academy are encouraged to take advantage of the piano training and performance program offered by the Edinburg Conservatory. This program includes piano introduction, keyboard skills, music theory, and performance.

College Operated Christian Academy

Regional Christian University sponsors and conducts a Christian school, the Regional Bible Institute Christian Academy (Sanctuary Christian Academy). This is a private Christian elementary, middle, and high school, which ministers to underprivileged girls and boys, primarily from different parts of Mexico. These children, many of whom formerly lacked the opportunity to obtain their basic education, are now able to conclude their High School studies and go on to study various careers in Mexico and the United States, including nursing, social work, and commerce. Several Academy students enter our teacher education program here at the College when they terminate their High School studies. This prepares foreign students to return to Mexico to work as teachers in orphanage schools, private schools, or even to be instrumental in starting their own Christian schools.

Living Accommodations

Women’s residence halls are available for female students needing housing. All residential students must be full-time. There are dormitories and living areas for interned students, educational classrooms, computer laboratory, a library, chapel, and cafeteria. Free laundry services are offered for the interned students. RCU is located near a local community park and there is access to the city library, as well as the nearby University library.


Men’s Residence Hall. Off-campus housing is provided for male students at Champion Holiness Mission in Donna, Texas, located approximately 20 minutes away from the main campus. Shuttle services are provided for a modest fee.

Dress Code

In deference to the several denominations represented at Regional Christian University, we request adherence to a modest and conservative attire at all times while on campus. All students are required to adhere to the prescribed uniform dress code of Regional Christian University. Professors are expected to dress professionally for attendance at the college. Male professors are expected to wear suits and ties. Male students must wear college uniform. Shorts are not permitted. Female professors are expected to wear dresses or skirts of a modest length (two inches past knee), and tops which are not low-cut nor expose the stomach or armpits. Female students must wear college uniform. Tight clothing, spaghetti straps, and pants are not permitted.

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