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FEBRUARY 2016


CHRIST-CENTERED COMMUNITY AT SNU
Dr. Blair Spindle – Pastor to Students

University Pastor and Dean of the Chapel, Dr. Blair Spindle, sees his role on the campus of SNU primarily as pastor to students, pointing them to Christ in real ways, despite diversity of beliefs, cultures and backgrounds. An ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene with over 20 years’ experience in local church youth ministry in Oklahoma, Florida and Colorado, Blair came to SNU in 2013 with a love for college students and a passion to nurture in them authentic relationships with Jesus and others. 

Spindle graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University, earned his Masters from Nazarene Theological Seminary and his Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Both he and his wife, Tollya, are intensely invested in the lives of SNU students and, along with their three girls, open their home and hearts to them, urging them towards life-long commitments to Christ and His church. Blair is a sought-after speaker and has authored books and numerous articles on ministry to young people.

As University Pastor he provides one-on-one and couples’ pastoral counseling, makes his office open and available for students at any time, stays involved in all types of campus events and activities and, above all, challenges students to think – to serve – and to grow as Christians.Chapel at SNU

Although 43 percent of SNU’s traditional students are Nazarene, Blair’s genuine love for each student has opened doors for him to connect to those who come to SNU with no faith experience or background and those with other than Christian beliefs, as well as those with strong testimonies of faith in Christ. He sees the campus as something of a mission field – multi-cultural and diverse - with people who are hungry for Good News. His mission is to share the Gospel with all and provide opportunities for students to be discipled towards holiness and maturity through corporate worship, small groups and involvement in compassionate service to others.

To read more about the University Pastors visit snu.edu/university-pastors.

 


COME TO THE TABLE
Authentic Worship through Chapel at SNU

Gathering as a campus community twice each week to worship, share, and be challenged with the Word of God through gifted and relevant speakers – this is Chapel at Southern Nazarene University.  Whether through music, preaching or sharing of testimonies of transformed lives, Chapel is a place to belong and become for the whole SNU community.

Chapel at SNUTraditionally known as a mandatory twice-weekly gathering, the University pastors, Dr. Blair Spindle, University Pastor and Dean of the Chapel, and Banning Dawson, pastor of Worship and Chapel, have sought to create, in Chapel, a place of authentic and meaningful worship, and a time when the entire campus family – students, faculty and staff - can experience worship together and grow in their faith.

Inspired by the Chapel theme for the 2015-16 academic year, Come to the Table, a wide variety of speakers and programs were planned with the goal of bringing students to a deeper understanding of Christ’s invitation to share in His life and mission.

Although every Chapel is Christ-centered, there are times of intentional evangelism, such as the Fall 2015 Renewal services with Dr. Jim Diehl, General Superintendent Emeritus of the Church of the Nazarene, serving as special speaker.  Through Dr. Diehl’s anointed preaching, altars were filled each service with students seeking God’s forgiveness, grace and direction for their lives.

With deeply moving times of Communion, student-led chapels and opportunities for prayer and meditation – Chapel at SNU has become an oasis for students and a transformative experience that is an integral part of Christian higher education at Southern Nazarene University.  To read more about Chapel at SNU visit snu.edu/chapel.  Podcasts of chapel services are found at snu.edu/podcasts.



FIGHTING WASTE – FEEDING PEOPLE
SNU Senior Launches Compassionate Ministry Initiative

For Danielle Rouse, a senior Human Relations major from Olathe, Kansas, an internet introduction to the Food Recovery Network sparked a vision of helping to feed the hungry in the metropolitan area surrounding the campus of Southern Nazarene University. Through a unique collaboration with the campus dining provider, Sodexo, and area restaurants, Danielle is leading an innovative and creative initiative to fight waste and feed the hungry.

What might have been, to some, just an interesting website to browse, moved Danielle to action – connecting with Food Recovery Network, a national organization led by university students – and forming a Chapter at SNU in the fall of 2015. As Chapter leader, Danielle has enlisted four other SNU students who have joined with her in canvassing local eateries and coordinating surplus food pickups, delivering 1,000 lbs. of food to the Jesus House, an Oklahoma City shelter for the homeless, in the first semester alone.

Danielle says, “When I brought my request to begin a Chapter of the Food Recovery Network to the staff of the Office of Student Development, they were all so supportive and encouraging.” “Being an approved group on campus has made it possible to do so many things to promote our cause and create new ways to get more people involved.” As the first chapter of the Network in Oklahoma, this small group is breaking new ground while using the resources provided by the Network for guidance, inspiration and encouragement.Danielle Rouse - Food Network Story

When looking for ways to engage a larger circle of students, the idea was born to collect food staples and personal essentials from student donations and assemble bags of collected goods to be kept at the ready for any student to give to someone they know or have seen that has a great need. Holding drives and special events for specific items and donations, Danielle said the group envisions multiple bags being available at all times, making it possible for a student who may not personally have the resources to give, to be able to be Jesus to a needy family or homeless person.

This new initiative, combined with ongoing deliveries of food to the shelters, is creating expanded opportunities for service to others. For Danielle, it’s a step in the direction of her calling – to serve others – while providing valuable experience in leadership. Danielle reflected that, “So many of our students have such big hearts for the needy but often don’t know what they can do to make a difference.” “Our hope is that we are giving them a chance to take part in serving others through our efforts.” To read more about how SNU students are taking action to make a difference in their community visit snu.edu/redemptive-justice.


SPIRITUAL LIFE AT SNU
Discipleship – Worship – Service

Spiritual Life at SNUA distinctly Christian environment – one of the pillars of Southern Nazarene University’s mission and purpose – is lived out on campus in the many opportunities extended to students to participate in small groups, services and initiatives designed to develop and enrich the spiritual life of every student at SNU.

Discipleship is nurtured through student-led small groups that have sprung up across campus and offer times of Bible study and prayer, accountability and support. Student initiated Serve Groups have developed out of the passions of those who have heard God’s call to respond in tangible ways to the needs of those in the community.

Worship opportunities, in addition to local church involvement and Chapel, include the Student Government-led Kingdom Come services in the A.M. Hills Residential Complex where students get involved in preaching, sharing testimonies and leading worship. A unique time to rest and re-center on Christ Jesus is the popular Solace service, led by the campus pastor for Worship and Chapel, Banning Dawson. It’s a time busy students set aside for prayer, communion and silence for reflection on scripture.

These and other opportunities to participate and lead in worship serve to build the faith of the individual and lay the groundwork for service and leadership in the local church setting beyond the college years. Read more about Spiritual Formation at SNU at snu.edu/spiritual-life.





Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage