We are right in the middle of selecting our student leaders for this next year. At UTA we have a little over 40 students with whom we are in conversation about leading our ministry to reach the campus this year. With UTA doing a mix of in-person and online classes, we're looking into how we can responsibly and safely meet students on campus and still use our methods of small group and one-on-one discipleship to point them to Jesus. So yes, it does look like we will be limited in what we can do, but we still need all hands on deck if we are going to bring the Kingdom to the campus! Even if only half of our leadership prospects say yes to this call, that's still 20 young men and women who will be sent by God to the plentiful harvest that is the college campus this year. If you could be praying for these future leaders as well as the students they'll meet this year, that would be so appreciated!
Our staff is also hard at work preparing our own hearts for the fall, as the state of our hearts as pastors is going to have just as much of an impact (if not more) on our fruitfulness this year as our ministry methods. This summer our staff has been reading the above book to examine our roles and identities as the pastors of our ministry. So far we've looked at the roles of leading hearts to God in worship, interpreting and teaching God's word, counseling, and evangelizing in our mission field. Reading this book has been a constant reminder of the weight of what I've been called to do and who I've been called to be on the college campus. I'm thankful to God for his equipping and training to fulfill this calling well and I praise him for his grace as our team grows into these roles.
Lastly, while much of our effort is currently focused on ministering well in our next season, there is still much work to be done now! We are still meeting every week for a digital service and discussion groups, as well as for weekly PACCS, where students are spending time reading scripture together and having real, personal conversations about how their walks with God are doing during the summer. We are making preparations for a socially distant, mask-covered in-person service next week, so please be praying for our diligence and safety as we seek to serve our students well.
Thank you for your continued support in this confusing and different season. God is still very much at work in the lives of our students and your support makes it possible for us to join him in that work. So thank you!!
With love and gratitude,