At its core, the mission of Indiana Wesleyan University is to change the world for Jesus Christ by challenging and equipping our students to pour salt and shine light everywhere their lives take them. The concept of being world changers and developing world changers permeates everything we do at IWU. Whether you are a student, an employee, an alumnus or a guest at IWU, we are striving to bring out the world changer in you.
To provide a focal point for this effort, IWU created the Society of World Changers in 2003 to recognize role models who have exemplified the concept of world changers and whose lives can serve as an inspiration to future generations. Each year a World Changers Convocation is held on IWU’s Marion campus to induct a new member into the Society and celebrate his or her accomplishments. A life-size bronze bust of each inductee is placed on permanent display in the Society of World Changers Hall of Honor located in the rotunda of the Jackson Library.
2013 | David Green | Watch the Ceremony
2012 | Kirk Cameron2011 | S. Truett Cathy2010 | Bill and Gloria Gaither2009 | Joni Eareckson Tada2008 | Tony Dungy2007 | Dr. Benjamin Carson2005 | Dr. James Dobson2004 | Frank Peretti2003 | Robert Briner
The idea for the Society of World Changers sprang from a campus-wide conversation about the book Roaring Lambs, written by the Society’s first inductee, the late Robert Briner. The book challenged believers to live out their faith boldly in the hustle and bustle of their everyday world — and to engage head-on a culture that is often indifferent, if not antithetical, to the Christian worldview.
This concept is foundational to the course Becoming World Changers: Christian Faith and Contemporary Issues, which is taken by all IWU students to assist them in developing a world changer’s mindset by examining how Christian ideas both challenge and enrich the prevailing thought patterns of contemporary society.