Student Development


ABC Student Development creates a holistic educational environment that encourages students to grow spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially.


Study, Prayer, Service, Community

The ABC community is guided in its daily life by the three priorities of the Christian monastic tradition: study, prayer, and service.

All faculty, staff, and students adopt ABC’s Community Rule of Life, which describes who we are as we relate to God, creation, other people, and ourselves.

Spiritual Formation

The calling of each Christian is to be molded into the image of Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit. As a college community we intentionally engage in regular habits by which we participate in this divine work.

Christ is the centre of our life together. As a witness to this, we reserve time at the centre of our weekly schedule for chapel (Wednesdays, 11 a.m.). During this time we participate in music, hear and respond to Scripture, and experience fellowship at the Lord’s Table through communion. Students develop leadership abilities by participating in all aspects of chapel. Guest musicians and speakers are regular contributors.

Each day classes are held we gather mid-morning for Community Praying of the Psalms. This devotional time allows God’s Word to guide us in praise, thanksgiving, and lament as we faithfully navigate the ups and downs of life.

During our annual prayer retreat in January the ABC community spends a day at a local retreat centre for an extended time of prayer, solitude, soul care, and community building.

All faculty, staff, and students are active participants in a local church community. We also regularly engage in prayer, Scripture reading, and other spiritual practices.

Physical Well-being

ABC encourages students, faculty, and staff to honour God with their bodies as they live out their weekly routines. We do this as we develop healthy eating habits, exercise regularly, allow ourselves adequate sleep, and practice Sabbath.

The ABC campus provides students opportunities for physical activity through both its full-sized gymnasium and exercise space.

Intellectual Growth

Student Development works in conjunction with the Academic Dean and the Academic Services team to foster student success and offer supports where needed.

Emotional Health

Life as a college student can be an emotionally complex journey, and sometimes a listening ear or spiritual friend can breathe life into a weary soul. Each ABC student has access to our Student Development chaplain, who provides spiritual care and referrals to community resources as needed.

Social Development

The Fall Retreat in September is designed to foster community between faculty, staff, and students as the academic year begins. It also serves as an extended time of orientation to ABC life.

Each Wednesday after chapel we also share a meal together during Community Lunch.

Team building opportunities exist as students travel in groups to serve with supporting churches and parachurch ministries.