Life at Taylor
Intentional community is one of the fundamental aspects that makes Taylor, Taylor. This allows you to learn, grow, and be challenged by one another.
You may think when you go to college you will leave the feeling of family behind. While your roommates and fellow students will have different backgrounds and experiences, you will all have one important thing in common: a relationship with Jesus Christ and a desire to live out your faith in community.
Community is built into everything we do. You'll notice it the day you arrive on campus. It starts with your residence hall that includes all classes living together, because there is great value in relationships between under and upperclassmen. No “freshman dorm” here! The student next door might be a senior who leads the Bible study on your floor, or a junior who works part-time at the Dining Commons, or a student leader of an intercultural organization.
Before you know it, you'll feel like you're a part of the family, a valuable member of Taylor's vibrant community of like-minded students, faculty, and staff.
Life Together Covenant
To unify the campus body toward a Christian view of community living, all students, faculty, and staff sign the Life Together Covenant (LTC), a pledge of shared faith that identifies the expectations for Taylor community living. We understand that it’s impossible to create a community with expectations totally acceptable to every member. At the same time, certain responsibilities and expectations must be specified to assure orderly community life. When individuals join the Taylor community, they freely and willingly choose to take upon themselves the responsibilities and expectations outlined in this covenant.
This document is more than a list of guidelines; it is a commitment to build one another up in love, put our faith first, and recognize that living out like-minded lives will promote a more united community of believers at Taylor. When each student pledges to undertake the responsibilities and expectations set for one another, we are free to best serve and disciple one another in love (Romans 14:1-23; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, 10:23-33).
The Taylor Towel
It may be daunting to think about opening yourself up to a community like this, but spend four years here and you’ll be glad you chose this community. The Taylor towel, an enduring symbol that will be given to you at graduation, will remind you that the Taylor family is part of your life long after you leave and, wherever you are, you all serve together for the good of the Kingdom.
Hear more about the towel and Taylor’s commitment to intentional community from ’01 alumnus, J.R. Briggs.