Prepare 2011: Day 2 recap

Whew! So Prepare 2011 has finished up and has been an excellent time of learning, conversation, collaboration, worship, and connection-making among 45+ new chaplains and campus ministers! Counting the mentors and staff for the training there were close to 70 of us gathered together for this 3 day training event, which was held at GBHEM Headquarters and at Scarrett-Bennett across the street.

Recap of Day 2: The second day of Prepare began with morning song & prayer followed by a keynote address from Rev. Gail Bowman, Chaplain at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rev. Bowman shared with us her experience in caring for students at Dillard in the past few years–including a narrative description of ministry in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. College students arrive on campus from very different places and have different life experiences up to that point. She compared students being in college to the culinary experience of cooking gumbo–there are many various ingredients and how they need to mix together and go through a proper heating process so as to have the different flavors rub off on one another. She spoke of how campus ministers and chaplains are called to help “stir the pot” and offer students an environment with “just enough heat” to help in their transformation and self identification. Our challenge as Chaplains and Campus Ministers is to not let the heat get too high (to avoid boiling over/fracturing of relationship or harm) or get too low (to avoid undercooking/poor development).

After her keynote address we moved into the 1st and 2nd sets of workshops including: Creative Worship with Linda Dew-Hiersoux, Co-Pastor, The Table UMC; Theology of Ministry on Campus with Kristin Stoneking, Campus Pastor, UC Davis CA House; Building an Intentional Inclusive Community with Don Brewington, Chaplain, Huston-Tillotson University; Building Campus Partnerships with Herbert Marbury, Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Vanderbilt Divinity; Engaging Students in Mission and Ministry with Bob Beckwith, Campus Pastor, University of Georgia Wesley Foundation; and Social Networking as Ministry with Guy Chmieleski, University Minister, Belmont University.

Following lunch (and a siesta) we heard from Rev. L. Wesley de Souza, Ph. D., Arthur J. Moore Associate Professor of Evangelism, Candler School of Theology who spoke on the Contextualization of the Gospel. Dr. de Souza offered his missiological perspective and adept understanding of context and culture as an excellent framework for ministry and mission on campus in a way that is intelligible and relevant to college students. His perspective and experience in the mission field and church planting in Brazil, as well as his extensive training and research into missiology were insightful, intriguing, and challenging.

In the evening we gathered for worship in the Scarrett-Bennet Chapel in a worship service centered around the remembrance of our baptism. Rev. Michale McCord, Director of Campus Ministry Resources and Training GBHEM, delivered a rousing message centering around our need to move beyond the longing for what used to be in order to see and work towards the future and hope that God offers in Christ. The worship services were enriched by the styling and direction of Rev. Linda Dew-Hiersoux, co-pastor of The Table UMC in Sacramento, Ca. In response to the message we were invited into a time of prayer to remember our baptism and engage in prayer stations, candle lighting, and groups prayers.

And so concluded the second day of Prepare 2011.

click here to see photos from Day 2 of Prepare: A New Chaplain & Campus Ministers Training Event

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