September 2019 "Growing In Every Way More Like Christ"
We're three weeks into the fall semester! The initial rush of move-in, welcome week, and classes has finally begun to slow.
Though the intensity has abated somewhat, the pace of this year will remain fast. Small groups, tailgates, and Fall Retreat are all on the horizon for September.
It's shaping up to be a memorable, Spirit-filled semester! Here are two specific events to be praying for over the next few weeks:
Sept. 14 - UCA first home game tailgage. A chance to meet people, connect students to our church family, and show support for our school.
Sept. 27-29 - Fall Retreat @ Camp Areopagus. A time of worship, reflection, and renewal.
Promoting Pulse at UCA's Conway Daze Expo
Find Your Place
When stepping onto campus for the first time, students come filled with excitement about what life will look like in their new context. But beneath every dream, every hope, and every aspiration for the future lies a more basic need to belong in the world.
Simply put, students are searching for their place.
That's why our theme for this semester is "Find Your Place." On Thursday nights, Sunday mornings, at our Fall Retreat, and in our guys and girls small groups, we'll be investigating this topic from various angles. Questions about character, vocation, purpose, church, and the story of Scripture will animate our discussion.
In precisely the areas of life it is easiest to ignore faith, we'll ask, "What does it mean to approach all of life as a Christian?"
Pray for our students, that they would be continually "growing in every way more and more like Christ" (Eph. 4:15)
Our first Pulse of the semester (Aug. 22nd)
It's often said that the church isn't a building, the church is people.
In his book Building a Discipling Culture, Mike Breen takes this idea a step further. He writes, "If you set out to build the church, there is no guarantee you will make disciples...[but] if you make disciples, you always get the church."
"Jesus has not called you to build his church. In fact, in all of the Gospels he mentions the church only two times. One time he mentions it, it's about conflict resolution. The other time? To say that he will build his church. Our job, and the last instructions he gave us, was to make disciples. And out of this we will get the church" (Building a Discipling Culture, 11-12).
In the same way, the main goal of ministry should never be to build an organization or brand.
This is not to decry the many great marketing and outreach efforts bearing fruit all over the world, but merely to point out that these subsidiary goals should never trump the essential task of calling individuals into fully-committed discipleship.
I pray that all of our churches and ministries would be singularly devoted to the disciple-making mission Jesus entrusted to us.
We plant and water, but God gives the growth! (1 Cor. 3:7)
Pulse Campus Ministry