Regent University Holds its Fifth Annual QEP Global Roundtable
For five consecutive years, Regent University has addressed the
challenge of leading as Christians in a disjointed world during its
annual Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Global Roundtable panel. Friday
Feb. 21, three distinguished speakers spurred the discussion of global
competency, and asked—not only what Jesus would do—but how he would lead in the ever-evolving and modernized world.
According to president Dr. Carlos Campo, leading like Christ
is paired with the responsibility of bearing eternity in mind when it
comes to sharing the Gospel.
"Hundreds of years before Hester Prynne, there was the woman at the
well," said Campo, retelling the story of Jesus' controversial
connection with the Samaritan woman. "He didn't just leave her with a
Gospel tract—he had a genuine concern for the eternal consequences of
Eternal awareness in daily interactions with individuals is the key to
leading like Christ did, according to Ashleigh Chapman, the
administrative director for the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights,
and the Rule of Law at Regent Law School. She calls this simply,
"caring for souls."
"God has placed us in this world for a purpose," said Chapman. "That's
true for you, it's true for me, and it's true for every single person on
Chapman warned that one of the main hindrances that separate leaders
from Christ is their neglect of ministering to the brothers and sisters
working alongside them as they charge into the world seeking change.
"If we're going to lead in Jesus' name, we can't let things like that creep in so easily—it's a poison, said Chapman.
Though Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, the dean of the College of Arts &
Sciences, acknowledges the acute awareness this generation of students
has of current social justice issues, he is worried that is creating
temptation for students to serve as a result of a trend rather than a
"You can't just jump on the bandwagon," said Moreno-Riaño. "You must have a thorough Gospel understanding of Jesus Christ."
Dr. Paul Bonicelli, executive vice president, explained that the most
basic understanding of Christ and the Gospel comes from the realization
that globalization and supporting freedom for people of other nations to
"purple their fingers" or "punch a chad" is everyone's responsibility.
"People don't simply want the trains to run on time, they want to be
free," said Bonicelli. "They want their dignity respected by their
The very role of the Christian leader is to care deeply for "human
flourishing" across the nations, according to Bonicelli. Its lack in
certain areas of the world is something that should be disturbing to
followers of Jesus everywhere.
"What Christian could say, 'that's not my business—that's someone else's problem to deal with?'" asked Bonicelli.
Though the harvest is plenty and the workers are few, when it comes to
advocacy for human rights and Christ-like global leadership, its
recognition starts with individuals simply paying attention.
"There are a great many things we could do in this world that do not
matter, but we all have to wake up to what Jesus would have us do," said
Chapman. "We live in a broken world, but there is an almighty God who
can hold it together."
Learn more about the Center for Global Justice.
Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
Phone: 757.352.4095 Fax: 757.352.4888