Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
From Paul Poteat, Pastoral Director and Campus Outreach Regional Director
In his hit song “Summertime,” Will Smith once said that “school’s out and there’s sort of a buzz,” an energy, a beckoning away from classes and responsibilities and toward relaxation and leisure. Some students may look to an internship or a summer job, but many take a much more laid back posture from June to August.
From pastors working with South Campus expansion (Chuck Steddom, Jon Grano), Church Planting (Kenny Stokes), Bethlehem College & Seminary (Tom Steller), and Campus Outreach (Paul Poteat)
During Prayer Week 2016, join us in praying for Bethlehem’s pastors, leaders, and ministries.
Annually, Beloit College releases a list of observations about the incoming class of freshmen. Here are some selections from this year’s list.
Incoming college freshmen are in a chapter of life called “emerging adults,” a season of significant change, which can be disorienting. They face pressures related to school, work, family, finances, eating & sleeping, keeping up with homework, friends, social media … how are they to stay grounded? Faith can become merely private, making no demands on one’s public life, but becoming subjective and in many ways irrelevant. The result can include giving up Christian roots altogether.
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This year taking place on September 25, “See You At the Pole” is a student-led event that happens around 7am at the flagpole of high schools and junior high schools all across America.
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Students will have time off from school, banks and businesses will close, and various government functions will take leave for a period of time during the holidays, thereby freeing up students and others for something else. What could that “something else” be?
Here are seven ideas:
I remember early in my Christian journey hearing a church described as a “sending church.” The idea was that the church was committed to investing their people, prayers, and finances in kingdom-advancing work beyond themselves. Now, later in my Christian journey, I am glad to be a part of such a church. Those who are “sent” from Bethlehem fall into two primary categories. “Global Partners” minister in cross-cultural situations around the world and “Outreach Ministries” minister in various settings in the United States.
When Bob and I were first married, we owned a duplex in North Minneapolis. Our block was predominantly duplexes with absentee landlords, and there were only a few single-family homes.
During the three years we lived there, we never got to know any of the renters. The renters continually came and went. The neighbors we had a relationship with were the other homeowners. Their investment in the neighborhood was different—seen in the care they gave their homes and us.