Seven Habits of the Highly Effective Christian Graduate Student or Professor: living well

by Anna Blanch on December 3, 2008

You’re a Christian. You’re a grad student. What do you need to know to live well?

First up. I need to acknowledge that I did not come up with the title. I need to give credit to Bob Trube at Graduate & Faculty Ministries at Intervarsity, and then of course there is the obvious allusion to Stephen Covey and his myriad of Seven Habits of Highly Effective Persons of all kinds publications.To read the full article, head over to the Graduate & Faculty Ministries website.

A summary of the habits discussed in the article are as follows:

1. Spend regular Time with God
2. Spend Regular Time with your spouse or roommates
3. Have a focused pursuit of your graduate studies with appropriate boundaries.
4. Participate in the life of a local church.
5. Meet weekly with other Christian graduate students.
6. Pray for opportunities to befriend and share your life with grads in your department.
7. Take conscious steps to integrate your discipline with your faith.

I found a piece by Michele L. Borynski giving advice for making the most out of large conferences particularly helpful, titled 7 Habits of Highly Effective Conference Attendees helpful in light of a large conference I will be attending around the New Year.

Of marginal relevance, though I know some of you are runners and given that the author of the Frayed Laces blog is a Graduate Student her 7 Habits of Highly Effective Runners manages enough of a tenuous link to the topic of this post.

I also wanted to bring to your attention two other recent articles on “the Calling of a Christian Scholar” and “Being a Good Brother: Balancing our callings” – also on the GFM website. Both of which are of relevance no matter where you are at in your career progression.

If you are not already I seriously suggest you join the Emerging Scholars Network – great resources, including book discounts and access to great literature and access to Mentors. See my post on Good Reading for those interested in the integration of faith and scholarship.

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