Spiritual Formation | University of Valley Forge

Spiritual Formation


UVF Student praying at the alter

The University of Valley Forge (UVF) is a Christ-centered institution built upon four pillars of spiritual formation: His Gospel, His Presence, His Ways, and His Mission. These pillars express the foundation of our faith and the mission of our university. By holding to these tenets, we believe the Spirit of God will prepare the next generation of leaders through rigorous academic pursuit and an empowered spiritual walk. So what do these pillars represent?


  • The first pillar, drawn from Romans 1:16, represents His Gospel, where we behold His truth and become more like Jesus.


  • The second pillar, drawn from John 15:5, represents His Presence. By abiding in Him, we are able to live Christ-centered lives.


  • The third pillar, drawn from Matthew 4:19, represents His Ways. By following Jesus and learning to obey, we are prepared to fulfill His calling.


  • The fourth and final pillar, drawn from Acts 1:8, represents His Mission. When we receive the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to go and proclaim the gospel.


Together, these pillars create the spiritual foundation upon which the university stands.

His Gospel: Behold and Become


Romans 1:16 NIV – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”

His Presence: Abide and Live


John 15:5 NIV – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

His Ways: Follow and Obey


Matthew 4:19 NIV – ““Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.””

His Mission: Receive and Go


Acts 1:8 NIV – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”