Our students are being equipped to integrate their faith into their academic area of study, and missions trips are the perfect opportunity for them to put what they are learning into practice. Listen as Katie explains how God used her team in Romania to first bring physical healing to an elderly gypsy woman, but ultimately spiritual healing that would count for eternity.
I strongly believe that part of what makes Cedarville University special is the lasting Christ-honoring friendships that are cultivated here. Our Student Life Programs team is always looking for ways to help students to build vibrant community, and that’s happening this year through Coffee and Community nights. Each Tuesday, students agree to turn off their cell phones in exchange for discounted coffee and tea at Rinnova (our campus coffee shop). Student leaders direct topics of conversation, and the results have been opportunities for deep, uninterrupted, Spirit-led dialogue.
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Our Admissions office has designated November as “Bring a Friend” month. All high school friends who visit campus together, or students who visit as the guest of a current Cedarville student, faculty, or staff member, will receive a free sweatshirt. On Friday, November 18, we had approximately 800 guests visiting campus for CU Friday — one of the largest prospective student events we’ve ever hosted! Come see us before the month’s over … and bring a friend! We have a sweatshirt waiting for you.
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The Bible is first and foremost a story of redemption—the story of our sinfulness and a savior who “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death” for the sake of reconciling others to their creator (Phil 2). I want every student at Cedarville to go on a mission trip. Sometimes going on these trips makes us uncomfortable, but even as it does, we are only following in the footsteps of our Lord. We should all desire to live uncomfortable lives for the furthering of the Gospel whether that means sharing the Gospel with our neighbor, working with the homeless in our city, or traveling around the world to share with people who have never heard the name of Jesus. That’s one reason we named the department who facilitates these trips “Global Outreach,” because when our students shorten it, they say “GO.” I hope to bring you several videos over the coming months to allow you see some of our students as they “GO,” standing for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. We appreciate your prayers and support of these efforts.
On November 9-10, we had the opportunity to host the 9Marks Conference on church membership. This was the fifth consecutive year we’ve partnered with 9Marks Ministries to offer a time of encouragement and enrichment for pastors and leaders as they seek to build healthy churches. My good friends Garrett Kell of Del Ray Baptist Church and Matt Mason of the Church at Brook Hills shared God-honoring messages during our chapel services on Wednesday and Thursday. I led a session outlining the biblical foundation for church membership, and we also heard from Greg Gilbert, John Hammett, Jonathan Leeman, and our own Jason Lee and Jeremy Kimble. It is a privilege for Cedarville to partner with local churches in Gospel ministry.
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With “Program Innovation” among the five core strategies identified in our Strategic Plan, it was rewarding to be ranked as the No. 3 online college in the country, thanks to our six high-quality online master’s programs and three online certificate programs. As we have added graduate degrees in ministry, nursing, business, and education, our desire has been to deliver the highest-quality online experience and integrate a biblical worldview to equip professionals for career success and faithful living. When you “think grad school,” I hope you will “think Cedarville!”
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If you have joined us for chapel — either in person or via our livestream chapel broadcast — you know just how talented our student musicians are. This is thanks in large part to the training they receive in our nationally known worship program. For the fourth time in the last five years, Worship Leader Magazine has named our program an “Editor’s Pick.” While rankings are not the main indicator of our success, it is humbling and exciting to receive recognition as our professors seek to train highly skilled worship leaders who will lead the church in praise and worship around the country and around the world.
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God is using our students to share Christ locally and around the world, even in the most unlikely ways. Listen as Enoch tells how his ministry team is reaching out to students from other local colleges and universities — and making an impact all the way to China.
One of my greatest desires as president of Cedarville University is to see every student participate in a missions trip during their approximately 1,000 days on our campus. Rebecca took that challenge and shared her story in this short video. She witnessed God use a tragic event for His glory. You’ll be encouraged (and challenged) by the heart of our students to share Jesus Christ with the lost around the world.
Cedarville University faculty, staff, and students engaged the critical issues of race in our country when they embarked on the annual Civil Rights Bus Tour. The group left October 12 and traveled 2,000 miles through the South. With Greg Dyson and Dr. Murray Murdoch as leaders, students visited historical sites associated with the 1960s civil rights movement, including the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the site of the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” voting march and 16th Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where four young black girls were killed in a 1963 bombing.
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