The University and The Church.
Over the years, First Baptist Church had a close relationship with the University of Illinois and it's students.
“Probably no church of the 27 within the Twin Cities, not distinctively organized as a student church, has been closer to the life of the University, than the First Baptist church. Many of her young people have been students, and some have won places in the ranks of instructors. Many have received University instruction along special lines, and are out among the world's workers making good. During all these years the church and the university have grown together.” 4
“This church, almost above any other, ought to present to the student body, living it’s four, or more years here, the highest spiritual standards. It should be the aim of the church to set up proper ideals for the students, and not yield itself to the natural proclivities of youthful desires, and tendencies, when the restraint of home are taken away.”5
"It should be the aim of this church to see to it, as far as any and all who ever attend the church, or school, should go away filled with the high ideals of spiritual life, and it’s real relations to the great callings for which these students come here to prepare. The church receives them under its influences at the time when they are the most impressible, and when many if not most of them are taking higher ambitions, and seeking wider visions of life. They are making new ties to take the place those at home, and it should be the aim of our own young people to set before these students the highest images of religious life and morality.” 6