Terra Firma

Terra Firma 

The Terra Firma experience is all about helping you build a firm foundation (Latin meaning) as you continue to move forward as a follower of Christ and academic student. It is a means for you to start off your college experience well by giving you the opportunity to get to know the Cornerstone community before classes start. This is achieved by placing you in a group of 10-12 students whom you will work with throughout your entire first year. Together you will engage in classroom discussions and service learning.

The Terra Firma experience is built upon four things we passionately believe God cares deeply about in Scripture, and these key ideas will serve as the major curriculum concepts you will learn about in the coming year:

Christ - Jesus Christ is the most compelling figure in human history and longs for you to be a devoted follower of Him as a disciple and member of His church body.

Community - You are designed by God to be in community where you experience deep and meaningful relationships with other followers of Jesus.

Character - You are called to be a person of character who models integrity and godliness as you live out your faith for the world to see.

Culture - You are desperately needed in our culture to be a force for good and be fully engaged rather than separated from lives and communities that need to experience the redemption and restoration.  Jesus longs to bring to them through people like you and me.

These four ideas are so compelling they are indeed worth basing and building your life upon! You’ll grow and change as you examine these ideas in the academic and experiential realms and ultimately use them as a launching point into your college experience.


Chip Huber
Dean of Student Engagement & Terra Firma Program Director

Matt Haller
Assistant Director of Campus Engagement & Terra Firma Leadership Director

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