Day 1 Recap & Photos

So, Day 1 of Prepare 2011: A New Chaplain & Campus Minister Training has come to a close. 46 Chaplains & Campus Ministers have come from across the US to Nashville, TN to join in with mentors & staff to learn, collaborate, plan, and build relationships with other ministers who work with college and university students. This group of new collegiate ministers and mentors (~70 people total) have gathered together for 3 days for inspiring worship, practical workshops, and powerful keynote speakers (Drew Dyson, L. Wesley de Souza, Matt Smith & Linda Dew-Hiersoux, and Gail Bowman–Click here for more info).

After registration and some time to mingle and recover from driving and/or flying to get here, we gathered ourselves in an upper room at Scarritt-Bennett for a worship experience centering in around Genesis 28:10-19a where Jacob has a dream about ladders, angels descending/ascending, and then proclaims “Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it!” In the opening of worship, we split up into small groups and listened to each others’ responses to the powerful question “How is it with your soul?” After sharing and listening, Rev. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, Dean of Drew Theological School, preached a challenging and inspiring message of hope, passion, and promise for the new and veteran chaplains and campus ministers. We celebrated Holy Communion and shared in a time of prayer and song led by an excellent group of musicians including a local Nashville singer-songwriter named Jessie Smith (more about Jessie & her music at

Post worship we shared southern styled dinner of fried chicken, green beans, and banana pudding. After dinner our keynote speaker Drew Dyson, James C. Logan Chair in Evangelism at Wesley Theological Seminary, spoke on “Ministry with Millenials.” He shared his experience, research, and insights into the sociological and cultural dynamics of college students and young adults. He spoke about the challenges and hopes for ministry with millenials inside of the United Methodist Church and in the larger, western, post-modern¬† American context, which often trends towards “monotheistic-theraputic-deism” instead of the way of Jesus. He challenged us to rekindle and recapture our missional imaginations and noting that “we are gathered in to be SENT,” that we should help students and young adults to “celebrate the goodness of life everywhere,” and help the people of the church to “spot God where they are.”

So, one excellent day of Prepare is finished…now on to Day 2!

Click here to see all the photos from Day 1

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