The Hope We Have – SNU Adopts 1 Peter 3:15 as Verse of The Year
The 2017-2018 academic year began at SNU with the university’s new president, Dr. Keith Newman, welcoming a strong class of Freshmen and transfer students for New Student Institute (NSI). Following the traditional events of NSI which included the Candlelighting on the campus mall, Southern Supper, and a day of service in the community, they were joined by a host of returning students to make up a total traditional student enrollment of 1,059. The Professional and Graduate Studies enrollment of 1,118 brings the fall semester grand total to 2,177 students at SNU.
Southern Nazarene University has always been committed to serving the members of our sponsoring denomination, the Church of the Nazarene, and continues to strongly recruit students from the more than 600 churches on the four-state South Central Region and beyond. This is evidenced by the 434 students currently enrolled in traditional programs who self-identify as members of the Church of the Nazarene. Of these, 350 call SNU’s educational zone home.
One of the hallmarks of an education at Southern Nazarene University is the intentional effort to be a Christ-centered community. Led by Campus Pastor, Dr. Blair Spindle, regular Chapel services are supplemented with opportunities to meet for prayer and worship, as well as a strong emphasis on global missions.
With Dr. Spindle’s leadership, the campus has adopted a ‘Verse of the Year’ found in 1 Peter 3:15. It reads, “But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." Throughout the year, students will be challenged to find ways to apply this teaching in their lives and grow deeper in their spiritual walk.
For the entire student body, the focus on bringing hope and communicating the source of that hope, is meant to bring spiritual renewal and growth as they receive a first-class education in Christ-like community.
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