Spiritual Life is a Priority at SNU
The beginning of a new academic year is always exciting on a campus. And at a Christ-centered university, like SNU, the first Chapel of the year sets the tone for the heart of the mission, which is “to make Christ-like disciples.” This year, University Pastor, Dr. Blair Spindle, issued a challenge to the student body to embrace the Upside Down Kingdom of God and re-order their lives and priorities to “seek first the Kingdom.”
Spindle urged the campus community to follow Christ’s example of servanthood, rejecting the current culture’s message of selfishness and self-centeredness. He called on the students, faculty and staff to begin the academic year with a commitment to put Christ’s teaching and example into practice and “seek first the Kingdom of God.” Throughout the year, the Chapels, small groups and times of gathering for prayer and reflection will emphasize the Upside Down Kingdom theme.
Another important aspect of campus spiritual life is the SIMS (SNU in Missions) program. “Go Week” took place recently and Joel Mullen, SIMS Director, announced that applications were still coming in for the 2017 SIMS trips. Plans are for 23 teams of students and sponsors to minister in 21 locations around the world. In a Chapel service on September 15, 2016, Mullen spoke about taking a life changing ‘step of faith’ by following God’s voice and stepping out in complete obedience and confidence in Him. For many, he said, that step might be going on a mission trip with a SIMS team.
Promising to be a dynamic and exciting time in the spiritual life of the campus, Fall Revival is slated for October 25-27, 2016 featuring Rev. Mark Holcomb, chaplain for Olivet Nazarene University. SNU is calling on all of the churches of the South Central Region to join in prayer that God will use him to bring renewal and spiritual growth to the campus community.
To learn more about Chapel at SNU, and hear podcasts of the services, visit snu.edu/podcasts.
For more on how you can support or be a part of SIMS, join their Facebook page.