Steadfast Faith

Strengthening JBU's mission for the future


$100 Million Capital Campaign


Why Steadfast Faith? 

We chose Steadfast Faith for the campaign because that phrase characterizes the God we serve, our hope for JBU students and our institutional commitment to JBU’s future. 

GOD’S CHARACTER — In Lamentations, the writer gives voice to our frustrations, even despair, when things are going awry and God seems distant, a frustration that we often can experience. However, the writer doesn’t lose hope because of his faith in God’s character: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lam. 3:22-24 ESV). 

STUDENTS’ CHARACTER — JBU cares deeply about discipling students, so they find their true hope in God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. As the writer of Proverbs says, “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart” (Prov. 3:3 ESV). I am encouraged by this generation of students and their longing for Christ’s presence in their lives. They worship enthusiastically in chapel and spontaneously around campus, they serve with compassion through CAUSE ministries and mission trips and they eagerly learn about their place in God’s world. At JBU, they are learning to write God’s steadfast love on the tablets of their hearts. 

INSTITUTIONAL CHARACTER — We face many cultural and societal challenges as a Christian university. However, we don’t fear or lose hope because we know the task God calls us to. We seek to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58 ESV). JBU remains deeply committed to Christ over all in educating students to honor God and serve others. 

Projects and Progress

With a goal of $100 million, the Steadfast Faith Campaign is the latest chapter in JBU’s history of successful capital campaigns. It follows the blessings of the Keeping Faith Campaign (2005-2011) and the Campaign for the Next Century (2012-2019), which collectively provided over a quarter of a billion dollars. 

Endowed Academic Programs

Goal: $10 million
Committed: $8.3 million as of 4/15

Academic endowments nontuition revenue to help attract and retain faculty, supplement program costs, ensure the continuity of academic excellence and keep tuition affordable.

Construction Projects

Goal: $15 million
Committed: $12.9 million

Upcoming construction projects include an $11.5 million renovation of the Mabee Learning Resource Center and a $1.5 million interior refurbishing of the Cathedral.  [See completed projects.]

Funded Scholarships

Goal: $20 million
Committed: $11.2 million

Annual gifts to funded scholarships are used each year to help students with demonstrated financial need be able to attend JBU. 

Endowed Scholarships

Goal: $15 million
Committed: $16.5 million

JBU prioritizes endowed scholarships in its capital campaigns to assist families in making JBU affordable. Endowed scholarships provide lasting financial support to current and future generations of students.

Estate Gifts

Goal: $15 million
Committed: $3.5 million

Estate gifts have provided scholarships, improved campus facilities and helped build a lasting endowment to support future JBU students. 

Operating Support

Goal: $25 million
Committed: $24.7 million

Annual gifts to operating expenses support JBU’s educational mission. KLRC donors, mission-trip supporters and athletic boosters are also included within this category.