Students urged to ‘follow Jesus all the way’
Kansas-Nebraska students were challenged to “choose a life direction in which you follow Jesus all the way.”
More than 600 students and leaders gathered Sept. 27-29 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan., for the KNCSB Fall Conference for students. Renowned author Gordon MacDonald and his wife, Gail, were the featured speakers. They shared the ups and downs of their life journey with the students.
“Following Jesus takes on a different shape as the years go by,” MacDonald said.
He cited the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost:
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
“The road less traveled is the Christian road,” MacDonald said.
He helped the students examine four life questions:
1. Who will I follow?
2. How will I grow?
3. How will I serve?
4. Who is my community?
In other activity, directors of KNCSB campus ministries met separately to network and strategize to reach students more effectively.
They welcomed Chris Presnell who is starting the newest KNCSB campus ministry: Christian Challenge at Baker University, Baldwin, Kan., 20 miles south of Lawrence. It began on Wednesday, Oct. 2, with a five-week Bible study on Romans.
The campus ministers examined the vision and values of KNCSB campus ministry. The vision is to “launch the Christ-captured next generation.”
Reaching incoming freshmen is a major need for campus ministries.
Super Summer youth camp tries to connect high-school seniors and recent high school graduates with campus groups. Collegiate night takes place every Tuesday night during Super Summer.
Incoming college students also may be connected through “Campus Connect” on the KNCSB Web site.
A way to support KNCSB campus ministry is through the Friends of Campus Ministry Association.
Friends of CMA held its first reunion Aug. 2-4 in Overland Park, Kan. The group announced the goal of raising $2.5 million to support campus ministries in Nebraska and Kansas. Visit the Friends’ Web site
Another way to support KNCSB campus ministry is through a bequest in an estate plan with the Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist Foundation. The Foundation provides free estate-planning services for people who will leave a percentage of their estate to Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist causes.