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Partners, August 2018

FEATURE PHOTO (above): Students experience foot washing during the youth conference in Lubbock.



WENTZVILLE, Mo. — About 400 church members with ties to campus ministry attended the recent Campus Ministry United Workshop hosted by the Crossings Church of Christ. “That’s the largest attendance we’ve ever had at a CMU Workshop,” said director Wes Woodell. All lessons from the event are available through the ministry’s website, campusministryunited.com, and on iTunes. Search for “Campus Ministry United Podcast.”



Billy Smith

HENDERSON, Tenn. — Billy Smith, dean of the College of Biblical Studies, is retiring from the position he’s held for 25 years, effective Aug. 10.

“Dr. Smith, or ‘brother Billy’ as so many called him, always enters his classroom with a smile and walks down the hall offering hugs,” said FHU President David Shannon. “Those of us who studied under him remember spending class time in Prep and Del (Preparation and Delivery of Sermons) and then competing against him as he played on faculty intramural teams. He performed well in both.”

Mark Blackwelder, director of FHU’s Graduate School of Theology, will succeed Smith.



HOUSTON, Texas. — The spare change of students, their families and friends added up to more than $8,400 for ministries in Honduras and Haiti.

It’s the 20th consecutive year that Westbury, a 500-student school associated with Churches of Christ, has sponsored the fundraising drive. In that time, students from age 3 to senior high have collected about $180,000. Funds collected this year will go to Mission Lazarus, a ministry focused on community development in Honduras and Haiti, and Hope for Haiti’s Children, which helps children born into poverty become Christian leaders.



MADISON, Tenn. — Lunch came with a side of a cappella at Rivergate Chick-fil-A in Nashville, Tenn., as participants in the Worship Leader Institute became a flash mob, breaking into a rendition of “Every Praise is to Our God.” A few customers even joined in — and later thanked the singers. (No word on if they responded with the customary “My pleasure.”)


More than 60 worship leaders from seven nations spent a week refining their skills during the workshop, hosted by Acappella Ministries and its founder, Keith Lancaster.



LUBBOCK, Texas. — Contrary to its name, this annual camp is bilingual and open to anyone, said director Juan Raymon Rubio. This year 83 youths gathered on the campus of Lubbock Christian University to learn about — and participate in — servant leadership under the theme “Here am I, send me.”

Students experience foot washing during the youth conference in Lubbock.

Students experience foot washing during the youth conference in Lubbock.

“One of our main goals was to encourage students to remain in the faith after graduation,” Rubio said. “We are hosted by a Christian university, but we encourage any type of higher education for our students.”

Filed under: Acappella Freed-Hardeman University Haiti Lubbock Christian University News Partners

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