Cedarville University begins every spring semester with a Missions Conference, challenging our students to take the Gospel wherever God leads them. For some, that call is to full-time vocational ministry. For many others, it is a challenge to reach the lost in their workplace and community here at home. We welcomed 50 missions organizations and 85 missions representatives to engage with our students and present opportunities to serve around the world. Conference speakers included Kris Stout, Vice President of International Ministries for Word of Life Fellowship; Johnnie Moore, founder of The Kairos Group and passionate advocate for the persecuted church; and our own Don Callan, who has modeled a heart for missions throughout his life and is still actively engaged in sports evangelism. Dr. Callan was instrumental in establishing the M.I.S. program (now Global Outreach) for Cedarville. Take a moment to watch this short Missions Conference highlight video, and pray that God will continue to use the Conference to send workers into His harvest.
Scheduled January 27-28, the Worship 4:24 Conference is sponsored by Cedarville’s worship program, once again recognized as one of the top programs in the country. If you are a worship pastor or leader, this conference is an excellent opportunity for you to enhance your ministry and glean encouragement from fellow worship leaders. This year’s conference features Gateway Worship of Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas, and Mike Harland, Director of Lifeway Worship Resources. You can register up to the day of the event.
At Cedarville University, we are committed to the authority of Scripture. It is the foundation for everything we do here. We are also committed to equipping every student to understand the Gospel and to live and share it.
That’s why we are excited to host “Finding Truth,” an apologetics conference designed for high school and college-age students, as well as those who care and minister to them. I am also grateful to our sponsors for this event, NAMB and Crossings Ministries.
This dynamic one-day event will feature outstanding speakers and engaging, practical sessions to help students understand, defend, and share their faith.
Our speakers for this event will be Nancy Pearcey, best-selling author, popular conference speaker, and professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, and Dan DeWitt, Director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity and Associate Professor of Applied Theology and Apologetics at Cedarville. We were excited to welcome Dr. DeWitt to the faculty of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies this past summer as he leads our efforts to engage culture from a biblical worldview.
If you have a high school or college-age student in your life or are just interested in influencing the next generation for Gospel impact, I encourage you to visit the “Finding Truth” event website to learn more and register.
Each January, Cedarville begins the semester with a missions conference. This year’s conference, scheduled January 10-12, will bring almost 50 missions organizations and 85 representatives to campus to challenge our student body with the needs of the world. The goal is to remind all of us — students, faculty, and staff — that we are all commissioned by Christ to take the Gospel to the nations. Johnnie Moore, best-selling author and founder of the Kairos Project, will headline the conference. Kris Stout from Word of Life Bible Institute and our own Dr. Don Callan will also present. Many students over the years have seen how their area of academic training and personal interests fit them into places of global service, so please pray that hearts would be receptive to the Spirit’s calling. We will stream the main sessions via Facebook Live at cedarville.edu/facebook and on our site at cedar.to/chapellive.
You’ve probably heard me say that Cedarville students have hearts uniquely attuned to Gospel ministry. Nowhere does that show more than
in Resound Radio’s Prayer for Revival campaign. Resound is our student-run online radio station. Recently, station members began discussing the need for revival in our country. Knowing that revival must begin in the hearts of students here on campus, a prayer campaign was launched. Each day at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., one of our students shares a prayer for revival live and on-air at resoundradio.com, asking the Lord to move here on campus and in our nation. Would you join me and our students in praying this prayer?
Because of the generous investment of alumni and friends, Cedarville is able to equip students for godly service, vocational distinction, and cultural engagement during their transformative days on our campus. Students like Krista, who is preparing for a medical career in Haiti. And, graduates like Randy, who has dedicated his life to global missions. Your gifts impact students lives, and ultimately, impact eternity. As 2016 draws to a close, would you make a gift to student scholarships now?
Since arriving at Cedarville University in 2013, I’ve had the opportunity to interview many prospective faculty members and have heard their heart for the Gospel, for their students, and for their subject area. With this caliber of professor on our faculty, it came as no surprise to me, then, that all five of the professors we nominated for Ohio Magazine‘s “Excellence in Education” awards were chosen to receive that honor. This acknowledgement is a testament to the high standards of teaching, mentoring, and general academic pursuit to which our faculty members hold themselves. Join me in congratulating Rebecca Gryka, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Marc Clauson, Ph.D., Professor of History and Law; Mark Gathany, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology; Tim Norman, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering; and Michelle Wood, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English.
I am consistently impressed with the way our Yellow Jacket athletic teams carry themselves, both on and off their fields of play. It is not uncommon to see them taking the time to pray with opposing teams after fierce competition, and many of our teams are committed to taking time each summer to share Christ’s love through using their sport in missions. This past summer, the men’s soccer team traveled to Austria and had the opportunity to explain the Gospel message to a group of Somali refugees. Take a minute to watch Head Coach Brett Faro talk about the interaction and how it impacted him and his players. Praise God for His work in the lives of those who don’t yet know Him around the world thanks to the tireless, humble work of our Global Outreach teams. Watch video. #CUGO
Our graduate programs continue to experience strong growth, and I want to remind you about a special opportunity to take a free Master of Ministry course and begin your degree program when you start in January or March 2017. Our on-campus or completely online Master of Ministry degree will equip you to do more in ministry in just one year, and the 38 hours of M.Min. coursework feature an innovative, relationship-rich, and theologically grounded approach. Apply today and take advantage of this free-course offer!
Dr. Robert Leslie Sumner, 94, of Lynchburg, Virginia, went to his heavenly home on December 5, 2016. He served as a Trustee at Cedarville University from 1962 until 1988 and then served in emeritus status. I had the privilege of interacting with him via email and writing the forward to his last book. Cedarville Chancellor Paul Dixon officiated his funeral. Read Dr. Sumner’s obituary, posted on Cedarville’s website, to learn more about his legacy of faithful Gospel ministry.