posted on February 08, 2010 15:19
The following is another offering from Jonathan Altman's blog. Jonathan is a 2nd year MDiv student. In light of the fact that tomorrow we will commission our new students, I thought I would post Jonathan's reflection on his first experience here at CUDS. In the fall, we welcome new students for the first time at an evening fellowship even before orientation. Tomorrow, we will commission our new students for the spring as well as celebrate with them at a lunch after the service. Welcome new students!
This past Friday night, Anna and I attended a new student fellowship dinner at Campbell University Divinity School. While the beginning of classes is still a week away, the admissions staff planned this meet-and-greet event to give new students a heads up before school gets into gear. After a short fellowship time, a typical southern supper was served, complete with fried chicken, barbeque and slaw. After this, everyone introduced themselves (including faculty, staff, and returning students that were present) and a social "ice breaker" was played. Dr. Andy Wakefield, associate professor of New Testament and Greek, then gave a short devotion on the call of ministry and the importance of spending time with Christ.
I really enjoyed the community at the divinity school. Everyone seemed so pleasant, so kind, and so loving. Dr. Wakefield's devotion weighed heavy in depth and brought our purpose full circle. In Dr. Wakefield's (paraphrased) words, before we are to go out and help heal the world, to minister to others, we are to spend time with Christ. During the next few years, we will be taught many things from many great minds, but we should always bring it into the light of Christ for understanding. He is the ultimate authority.
I am confident Campbell University Divinity School is where I am supposed to be to prepare for the ministry.