Student Life at BLI

Preparing for a life of calling

BLI is committed to providing a strong education that is biblical, transformational, experiential, and missional. Our studies are designed to develop thinking, faithful Christians who are able to effectively perform various Christian ministries or who live as strong witnesses for Jesus Christ while pursuing a secular vocation.



Life of Calling
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spiritual life at bli

At BLI, we believe that one of our top priorities is the spiritual development of our students and we work diligently to disciple our students to live out their faith in every area of their life. We take our discipleship cues from our Wesleyan heritage.

The school gathers for corporate prayer in the morning and at noon, Monday through Friday. During these times, we meet together to read Scripture and to lift the needs of the community in prayer.

Each student is also part of a small accountability group connected to The House System that meets weekly for prayer, and mutual encouragement. In addition to campus opportunities for worship and communion, students are expected to attend either the campus church or a local church of their choosing.

Christian service is another important component to the spiritual development of individuals. Students take part in regular outreach to the community through assisting in the ministries of local churches, helping neighbors, and community service projects. The service is a required part of our academic program and serves to help students gain experience in ministering in area that they have developed an interest in.

Finally, faculty and staff are available for spiritual guidance and support. Our faculty is unique in that nearly each one is an ordained minister of the Gospel with years of pastoral experience. Each House has a faculty or staff mentor that is intentional about developing relationships with the members of their House. They provide encouragement, pastoral care when needed, and they seek out opportunities to disciple students in their care. All faculty and staff will also provide both academic and spiritual counsel.

residential life at bli

Living together at BLI is part of an experiment in Christian community. While we have certain rules and procedures, our life together is governed primarily by Christian principles that we agree to live by. While the school’s administration is responsible for enforcing some rules, the oversight and discipline of community life is primarily the responsibility of the community itself. As a student, you are part of a community that holds one another accountable and together works through disciplinary issues that affect the community.

Some of the Christian principles we live by are:

  • Love: seeking what is best for the other person and the community.

  • Integrity: doing what is right, regardless of who is watching.

  • Consideration for others: taking others into account in our manner of speech, dress, actions, habits, and manners.

  • Purity: refraining from those things that lead to sin.

  • Honesty: both in academics and our personal lives

  • Respect: acknowledging the value of others, even if we disagree or are in conflict with them.

All students are housed in Shilling Hall, the historic, student-built main building on campus. Each room is uniquely furnished with a bed, dresser, desk, and wardrobe. Rooms measure 9 x 12. Men and women live in separate sections of Shilling Hall.

In addition to the dorm rooms, all students have access to two lounges equipped with a microwave and television. The second floor lounge is equipped with a large table that is convenient for gathering a group of people to play board games. The lower level lounge is equipped with a fireplace, a Ping-Pong table, and a foosball table.

House System

Upon entering BLI, each student is placed in one of four small groups that will serve as a more intimate family of peers called houses. Houses provide spiritual, emotional, and relational support. They are also a source of school spirit. Each incoming student will be involved in determining the unique character and direction of the house community of which they become a part. The houses are as follows:…LEARN MORE

clubs and activities

It is our goal at BLI to provide recreational activities, clubs, and organizations that fall in line with the mission of BLI and that promote leadership development, fun, physical fitness, and that facilitates faculty and staff engagement with students. Each one of our student organizations has a faculty or staff advisor that participates in the life of the organization.  Our students are encouraged to participate in one or more of our organizations and are free to create their own student organizations as well.. …LEARN MORE